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June 22, 2007


Eden left a comment on my You've Been Warned post asking what ARCs I've been reading lately.

First, I have to say that while I've gotten quite a few, I haven't been reading them all that quickly, since I checked out a ton of stuff at the local library within the last month. I'm currently reading Vanity Fair, which, if you don't know, is over 800 pages in 8-point font. I am 300 pages in after a week, so I'm hoping to be done by next Wednesday or Thursday if I get some good reading time in (judging from the weather, I won't be outside too much).

So here is one I've read:

Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume
- Judy Blume always got things just right. A quick read of a collection of pieces examining Judy Blume's books by various well known authors. If you grew up loving Judy Blume books, this will definitely appeal. I felt a little left out because so many of the authors focused on the book Deenie, which I have not read. It's now on my list. Published June 5th.

...And several on my "to read" list:

The Almost Moon - This is Alice Sebold's new book, following the success of The Lovely Bones in 2002. I really liked The Lovely Bones, even though it isn't something I normally would pick up. I'm not a fan of murder mysteries or really, any book that contains gruesome details. So I'll give this a try. Publisher marketing notes that this is a book about relationships, specifically about a daughter and the mother she murders. Scheduled publication date October 16, 2007.

Born Standing Up - Even though Steve Martin has had an uneven movie career, his books have been well received. This is his first non-fiction work about his life as a stand-up comedian. Martin notes, "I ignored my stand-up career for twenty-five years, but now, having finished this memoir, I view that time with surprising warmth. One can have, it turns out, an affection for the war years." Scheduled publication date December 4, 2007.

The Worst Years of Your Life - A collection of stories about adolescence. Billed as "...a collection with something for everyone: classic standbys, familiar contemporaries, and exciting new discoveries." I'm hoping for something similar to Kick Me and Superstud by Paul Feig (of Freaks and Geeks fame), which are hilarious in a totally wrong and disturbing way. Scheduled publication date August 21, 2007.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible - The title of this one pretty much gives it away. Written by AJ Jacobs, who took it upon himself to read all 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica to write The Know-It-All. Opposite the title page is a full page of snapshots of Jacob's gradual beard growth over the year of biblical living, which cracked me up. The conversations I've sampled between he and his wife are highly amusing. Scheduled publication date October 9,2007.

I'll do my best to get to some of these over the next month.

Posted by Ensie at June 22, 2007 12:02 PM

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Cool :) I'm always curious about this kind of thing.

Posted by: Eden at June 22, 2007 12:38 PM

Glad you like it. I've gotten so many books lately, it's hard to keep up. Most of them not anything I'd be interested in reading, although I try to keep an open mind. I'm trying to jet through Vanity Fair now, which started dragging during chapter 30 (essentially an entire chapter all about the travel of a letter detailing George's being removed from his family and losing all but a small inheritance - thrilling!).

Posted by: ensie at June 22, 2007 03:39 PM

Vanity Fair sitting on my shelf in all it's teeny tiny font goodness...good to know someone is reading it!

Posted by: Jennifer at June 23, 2007 09:55 AM

It really is a good book - funny and sarcastic in a lot of places, but like many classics, it drags where minute details and asides about the culture of the time are included.

Posted by: ensie at June 23, 2007 11:16 AM

You're getting on my nerves! You're really annoying. You wanna die? 642-444 An eye for an eye. e20-001 You wanna die? 156-215.1 You have to be on time. Don't be late. 642-524 I'm stuffed. 646-204 Make up your mind! we've been over this a thousand times. Make up your mind.

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