Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Whole Lotta Books!

Ya gotta go see Nutschell's awesome post about stationery.

I love drooling over notebooks and pens and sticky paper supplies. I don't have a home office, but if I did, I'd have a massive corkboard, covered in inspirational images. For now, at least I've got Pinterest and tumblr.

And now on to books, which I also drool over... If you haven't yet, read Amanda Palmer's post about her friend Anthony. I got my copy of Anthony Martignetti's book Lunatic Heroes yesterday and started it this morning - already teary, and marking all kinds of quotes. The stick in that drop cap is for him and Amanda, and all of us.



I also just read Diana Gabaldon's The Space Between, available right now in her anthology A Trail of Fire:
 

"In LORD JOHN AND THE PLAGUE OF ZOMBIES, Lord John Grey is posted to Jamaica to assist the Governor as he faces a most unusual kind of uprising among the colony's slave population.

In THE SPACE BETWEEN, Jamie Fraser's step-daughter, Joan, is on her way to an abbey in Paris to become a nun - but when she meets the Comte St Germain, a wealthy French aristocrat rumoured to deal in the occult - she discovers her destiny lies on quite a different path.

In THE CUSTOM OF THE ARMY, Lord John Grey is summoned as a witness in a court martial in the wilds of Acadia, only to find himself playing a crucial role in the Battle of Quebec.

In A LEAF ON THE WIND OF ALL HALLOWS, a WW2 Spitfire pilot called Jerry MacKenzie crashes near a stone circle and wakes up in the eighteenth century. Can the strange man he meets - who impossibly seems to know him - help him return to his wife and baby son before a terrible fate overtakes them?"

I've also finished Mischief and Mistletoe! I don't want to be negative, but... the only story I really enjoyed was Joanna Bourne's Intrigue and Mistletoe. The others all had interesting concepts, but some of the dialogue felt a little hollow to me.

In other book news, I just discovered that I already have a book by Kate Pullinger, whom I've wanted to read for ages because she contributed a piece to Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by the Smiths. My friend had leant me Pullinger's A Little Stranger ages ago.

And Simon Tolkien has a new book out! Orders from Berlin and its author were featured in a BBC Radio2 broadcast the other day, and listeners also got to live chat with Tolkien. I asked him a question (about Sherlock Holmes) and he answered, and I forgot to save a screenshot! Now I can't find it online. Argh. But the episode is still up for a week, if you'd like to listen.

I really do need a reading vacation. But, no, there's only a week or so left for NaNo. Must press on with Captive of the Sea! I'm so close to the end of the story (ROW80 goal!)... I can't wait to get to at least the wedding of the MCs, if not the sweet and lovely denouement. By the way, the girl in the latest nespresso ad looks like Mawdlen:


Finally, check out Alan Silberberg's cartoons of inspiration from writers, for writers. Featuring Neil Gaiman, natch.

What are you reading in between NaNo sprints?

13 comments:

Angela Brown said...

Wonderful round of things you've read. Diana's anthology sounds very, very interesting. Will have to check it out.

Happy Holidays!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks, Angela. Happy holidays to you too!

Kate C. said...

This is why I love reading author blogs... they're all readers. And they all have such interesting tastes in books. I've never heard of those authors before. I'll have to check them out! :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks, Kate, hope you like them! I've nearly finished Martignetti's books and keep laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. Diana Gabaldon is simply wonderful. Start with Outlander (the first big book in the series) and you'll be hooked!

Arnel said...

I had Diana's book on my list before it came out and then forgot! Thanks for the reminder! :-)

Romance Reader - Nas said...

You have a wonderful list of books, Deniz! I need to read more.

Hope you have a happy holiday!

J.L. Murphey said...

I had my reading vacation while in the hospital for a month and since then while waiting for my therapists.

What I need to have is a writing vacation where I don't have to be at such-and-such place at such-and-such place. After all, the more I type with one hand the faster I'll get.

Deniz Bevan said...

Ooh, you've gotta read it, Arnel!

I hope you have a happy holiday, too, Nas!

I still draft longhand, Jo, so even at a doctor's office I force myself to get some writing done... Unless i'm in the middle of a really good book :-)

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, you've been busy!

I'm not nanoing, but it doesn't mean I'm reading enough either. I hope to get some reading time in this weekend.

Deniz Bevan said...

Me too, Theresa! The stack by my bed is way too high.

Suze said...

Hi Denise! I haven't been doing NaNo but I have been rereading Jerry Spinelli's 'Stargirl' this past week. Such a beautiful book.

Thanks for your encouraging comment on False Start Fridays! Would you like to participate in the Grand Finale this coming week?

Talli Roland said...

You've been busy, Deniz! I don't even know what I've been reading - the days seem to go by in blur of editing. Can't wait to be done so I can get back to reading again!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Suze!

I'll toast to that, Talli :-)

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • Sophie's Throughway by Jules Smith
  • Baby Animals (Little Golden Books)
  • The House That Jack Built (Little Golden Books)
  • Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Books)
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)
  • Morgoth's Ring - Book 10 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Who's A Pest by Crosby Bonsall
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves
  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • England and Switzerland, 1802 by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve by Kait Nolan
  • short story by Becky Morgan (http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/Writers_Exercises/Becky_Morgans_December_X/ws-books/85291.1?nav=messages)
  • Blood In Blood Out by Brenda Novak (short story)
  • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch (short story)
  • Distraction by J. L. Campbell
  • Humble Bundle Peanuts collection (strips by Charles Schulz)
  • Peanuts Volumes I to VI (bought via Humble Bundle; very disappointing as it's mostly new strips -- how is that even allowed?!)
  • Sandals and Sangria by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Over the Hump by Talli Roland (short story)
  • issues of Journal of Inklings Studies and Amon Hen and Mallorn (Tolkien Society)
  • Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier
  • Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • Illusions Lost by Byron A. Maddox (short story)
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html