I Swear, I’m Still Reading

Really, I'm still reading. I had to give up on Rita Nakashima Brock's and Rebecca Ann Parker's Saving Paradise, as I couldn't hold it with my bum hands. It's heavy!

Meanwhile, I've gotten back on the fiction pony. Book #49 was P.D. James' The Lighthouse, which I picked up at Borders in Traverse City while visiting Snowman, after the Great Kindle Smash-Up of 2008. I haven't read James since Devices and Desires, and I really enjoyed it. I've always liked Adam Dalgliesh, one of those irresistible detectives (he writes poetry, is a preacher's kid and solves crimes, too!). I'm dipping back into her other titles now, and they all seem to be available for the Kindle.

Book #50, after the refurbished Kindle arrived and I could reload my previous books, was The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. Really, really beautiful writing. It felt risky; I love dogs, but books about dogs always make me cry. It turned out to be much more than a book about dogs, though it really IS about dogs in a major way, and I loved it.

Book #51, also on the Kindle, took me back to another beloved detective, Lord Peter Wimsey. I downloaded one of the early Wimsey books by Dorothy L. Sayers, Whose Body? Sayers' books are a delight, and although my favorites are those with Harriet Vane, this had the advantage of costing exactly $1.59.

I must admit to feeling some paranoia when handling the Kindle, or more precisely, when transporting it. I certainly was not engaged in careless activity when I fell while holding it. It's good to have the refurbished model, which looks like new. I've had a rough week where the wrists and fingers are concerned, so I am particularly appreciative of the way it keeps me reading.

What are you reading these days?

16 thoughts on “I Swear, I’m Still Reading

  1. Auntie Knickers

    Still dipping into THE LIFE OF MEANING (Bob Abernethy’s anthology of interviews from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly); some mystery stories including THE DOORBELL RANG by Rex Stout (oldie but goodie), ROCK AND ROLL DOESN”T FORGET by Deborah Grabien, whose Haunted Ballad series I loved, not sure about this one yet; and Terry Pratchett’s WEE FREE MEN; and just checked out a couple of the 2006 Newbery Honor books; plus I’ve got an Edgar Best Novel from the early 80s and a mystery set in Idaho for my two other reading “projects.” (Some people might have reading projects that involve the classics, or heavy-duty theology. Alas, not I.) Is Whose Body? the bathtub one?

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  2. joan calvin

    I’m so sorry you can’t read Saving Paradise. It is wonderful, though it got boring for me at the Reformation.
    I just finished Christopher Buckley’s Supreme Courtship. I’m reading the book about Google right now (I can’t remember the name). I’ve been on an Amelia Peabody (Elizabeth Peter’s Victorian era archeologist/mystery solver) run. I read Home (Marilynne Robinson’s recent book set in Gilead)
    I have a pile of other books to read, but I’ve been doing trashy books from the library lately.

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  3. Songbird

    Auntie Knickers, that’s the one!
    Joan Calvin, I’ll give it a try sometime when my hands are better (she said with optimism). I’ve got “Home” on the Kindle. I’m saving it for my next day off!

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  4. zorra

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Edgar Sawtelle. That’s the best book I’ve read this year. I wouldn’t want to meet a person who DIDN’T cry when he/she read it.
    All I’m reading this week is my own writing (reports), unfortunately.

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  5. chartreuseova

    No fiction for me right now.
    After seeing a YouTube interview with Naomi Wolf, tomorrow I will be trying to get a copy of her new book, Give Me Liberty: A handbook for American Revolutionaries.

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  6. Cathy

    Songbird, I am reading “Loving Frank”by Nancy Horan – historical fiction on the love life of Frank Lloyd Wright.
    I was so close to purchasing a Kindle, and then I went to see if we are covered by the wireless capabilities. Whispernet is about 40 miles from here, but I would not be able to download any books if I got a Kindle. I was really bummed when I realized that….

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  7. towanda

    Peter and Harriet, a classic. My favorite is Gaudy Night. I read through the whole series (again) last year as bedtime (i.e., not studying) reading.
    Currently, I am reading The Brothers Karamazov for the first time.

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  8. Barbara B.

    I’m reading Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded (and a glaucoma book but that doesn’t ‘count’) 🙂
    Still coveting your Kindle. Yep.

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  9. MaineCelt

    Every time I go to the library for fiction, I end up checking out books on theology, ecology or home design. (Maybe they’re all essentially about the same thing?) Once I finish putting the garden to bed for the winter, I’m planning to re-read Madeleine L’Engle’s “Wrinkle in Time” trilogy. She tells a good story and sneaks in a lot of theology to boot!
    When and if you’re willing, I’d love to borrow the Parker/Brock book. Rebecca Parker was our pastor during my high school years and a formative influence on both my vocation & my theology. I joyfully “blame” her for my Pelagian tendencies!

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  10. KathyR

    Still chewing slowly on _Anna Karenina_.
    Have you heard anything about the “new” Kindle? I am still coveting yours. And thinking maybe Santa will bring me one. Even though I do not need it.

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  11. Jiff

    I am happy that your Kindle allows you to read comfortably. How wonderful!
    I’m reading Just Think by Nancy Nordenson, and Not Counting Women and Children by Megan McKenna.

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  12. juniper

    joan c – thanks for the reminder about Amelia Peabody! I’d forgotten about her, and she’s so much fun.
    songbird – Did I tell you I put Edgar Sawtelle on my library hold list, but I”m like 47th on the list or something. I might have to bite the bullet and just buy it. But maybe I’ll wait til spring. Winter makes me weepy enough all by itself.

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  13. Mary

    So glad you got your Kindle back. I took the plunge and ordered one. Can’t wait for it to get here. I just finished reading Case Histories by Kate Atkinson for my book group. It was ok, but not on my top books of the year list. I’ll hold more judgement till we meet to discuss it. Next book for book group is Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. It is set in Hawaii in a leper colony. Sounds interesting. As soon as my Kindle gets here, I plan to download Anita Shreve’s new book.

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