Friday, April 04, 2008

exercise in will power

Yargh! I am mighty and focused! I am NOT buying anymore books, ever. At least until I finish the two I bought on Monday night. And the one that "magically" arrived in the mail yesterday (don't even remember ordering it, but it's totally on a subject I would read, so, you know).

Anyone want to test my will power so you can see how strong and resolved I am? Tell me the last book you read, the book you're currently reading, and the next book you're looking forward to. I bet you a Wonder bread sandwich I don't buy any of them.

I'll go first:

Last book: EMPRESS by Shan Sa (ehn)

Current book: BEST FRIENDS by Martha Moody

Next book: CROSSED by Nicole Galland (it's about the Fourth Crusade!) (Now you see why I was forced to buy it.)


angelle said...

Book just finished: Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
Book currently reading: The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
Book planning to read next: Not sure, this is always a spur of the moment decision, but it may very well be The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolano

This won't tempt you though. You read K&C, you couldnt get through TOBG, and so the only thing that remains is Savage Detectives...

Ian Thomas Healy said...

Book I just finished: Homefront by Kristin J. Tsetsi (totally blew my socks off, and I *never* read stuff like that!).

Currently reading: The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert Heinlein.

To read next: Probably it will be The Power of Point of View by Alicia Rasley.


Precie said...

Last book:
PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS (Sherry Thomas) - light, fun, easy read
COLD MOUNTAIN (Charles Frazier) - I read this very slowly over approx 6 months, but don't let my slowness fool you. It's now one of my favorite novels. It's brilliant. Really.

Current book:
THE BOOK THIEF (Markus Zusak)

Next book:
-a nonfic to be named later
-either POSSESSION (Byatt) or whatever jumps out at me from my TBR stacks.

I'm not ashamed to admit that, despite the size of my TBR stacks, I have four more books currently in my Amazon cart.

sherri said...

Last book: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

Current book: happens to be The Milkman, by Ian Healy who just commented above.

Next book: Planning a break. I have to finish the work on my office and get my WIP ready to pitch at a con in a month. No time for fun!

However, if I can't maintain my willpower, then the next book may very well be Duma Key by Stephen King. Haven't bought it yet, though.

Brian said...

Last read: Kit's Wilderness by David Almond

Currently reading: Story Matters by Margaret Love-Denman and Barbara Shoup

Upcoming Read: Loss within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS, edited by Edmund White

"(don't even remember ordering it, but it's totally on a subject I would read, so, you know)."

You know, that's a very bad sign. Book ordering blackouts. When that started happening to me--when books I'd forgotten I'd ordered started showing up at my house--I had to get help.

Anonymous said...

Last two books:

"Foreskin's Lament" by Shalom Auslander (laugh out loud funny--loved it!)

"Ghost Hunters" by Deborah Blum (non-fiction: will make you question what YOU believe)

Listening to "Rules of Survival" by Nancy Werlin, while I work on art for a series I illustrate.

Up next:

"Private Arrangements" by Sherry Thomas (because I bought the book after I watched the book trailer on Kristen Nelson's blog)

Lisa said...

Just finished: Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories by Tobias Wolff.

Currently reading: House of Happy Endings by Leslie Garis

On deck: Oh lord, who knows? Probably either Lauren Goff's The Monsters of Templeton or Richard Price's Lush Life, or else something that's been on my shelves forever that catches my fleeting attention... part of the joy of accumulating too many books is never quite knowing what I'm going to want to read next.

Kaytie M. Lee said...

No way I'm going to reveal my books owned vs. books read ratio, although I bet if I did you'd feel a lot better!

Just finished: THE LADIES PARADISE by Emile Zola (surprisingly good, given it's a love story that takes place in a French department store)

Reading: THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafron (one of those post CODE literary thrillers)

Next up: PLAINS OF PROMISE by Alexis Wright (a Native Australian author writing about race relations in Australia)

Aparna said...

Last Book: Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Currently Reading: newspapers

Next Book: Shopgirl by Steve Martin

i've said too much!

judge me, internet...judge me!

Rachel said...

I am a budget Nazi, except when it comes to books. Books are above budgets, right?

Just Finished: Tanith Lee's Tales of the Flat Earth, which was awesome. It's like Ovid for another world!

Currently Reading: Tanith Lee's White as Snow, a fantasy retelling of Snow White (I was so impressed with the last Tanith Lee book I ran out and bought another. Also, feminist fantasy retelling of a common fairy tale? Hell yeah!)

Next Up: Michael Moorcock's Gloriana, a historical fantasy about Queen Elizabeth I (I'm a huge Elizabeth fangirl).

And that's just what's on top of the pile...

Tara said...

Last book I read: My lunch book (meaning it took forever to finish) was Girl's Poker Night by Jill A. Davis - not nearly as much fun as actual poker.

last book I read in less than two days was Patricia Cornwell's Unnatural Exposure - I think I had read it before (stupid reissues fool me sometimes)

Book I'm reading now: Eileen Cook's Unpredictable - this is the funniest thing I have read ever! I read the first chapter on her website ( months ago and couldn't wait for the release. The book is totally living up to my initial excitement. (But I didn't allow myself to buy it until I finished my last WIP, which I hope is half as funny as hers.)

Next Book: Vince Van Patton's poker mystery, Picasso something - It's still in the car. It was only $4.98 and I have to admit I'm curious.

cyn said...

i'll play!

last book read : dark angels by karleen koen -- historical based in france and england, lots of political intrigue in the courts and a great heroine!

currently reading : powers by ursula leguin. a YA novel, third in the series after gifts and voices. she is my favorite fantasy author--i envy her quiet storytelling style.

going to read : the secret adventures of charlotte bronte by laura joh rowland. picked it up for the great cover and intriguing premise! i'm a sucker for stories set in old england.

eluper said...

Last Book: "A Crooked Kind of Perfect" by Linda Urban

Current Book: "Stuck in the 70s" by D. Garfinkle

Next Book: "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks" by E. Lockhart

Look at me reading all female authors! I hope they don't come and take away my man card!

Mary said...

Last book: BRIDGE OF SIGHS, Russo. Worth every minute and every word.

Current: Re-reading RICH IN LOVE, Josephine Humphreys. Older (1980s) but waaaaay rich in story and voice.

Next: WILLING, Scott Spencer. I'm savoring not having read this new release. I loved his last (A SHIP MADE OF PAPER) so much I'm afraid to start this one! Love all his books actually.

moonrat said...

yay, eluper!! break down those walls!!!

Natalie said...

Last Book: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Current Book: Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Next Book: Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz

In all honestly, I'm in between books. Just finished Blue Bloods last night, waiting for Amazon to bring me Masquerade, sigh. I guess I better get back to writing my own for now.

Anonymous said...


current book: THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE (Salman Rushdie)

next book: THE GRASS IS SINGING (Doris Lessing)

j.c. montgomery said...

Just finished A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. (Wasn't all that impressed by it. And not exactly sure why it was a Pulitzer winner - perhaps because of the 're-imaging' of King Lear aspect of it.)

Currently reading The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld. (I've always been drawn to books which take a bit of historical reality and give it a fictional twist. We'll see how this one shakes out.)

Next up, Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia. (Actually this is for Slaves of Golconda although I am a big fan of Spanish and Latin American authors. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon has to be one of the best translations I've ever read.)

Bernita said...

Just finished:
Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery - Elizabeth Rollins Epperly.
I'm a Vampire, That's Why -Michelle Bardsley.
and W.B.Yeats Selected Poetry.
Next? Dipping into the Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, likely, and Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience.
Have an MS to finish.

Chumplet said...

Last book: Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Currently reading: Souvenir by Therese Fowler

Waiting in the wings: The Liars Diary by Patry Francis

Anonymous said...

I just finished BLOOD by Matthew Cook-dark fantasy.
Currently reading THE SERVANT OF THE BONES by Anne Rice (horror/goth?)
Plan on reading THE UNINVITED by Amanda Marrone (YA-Teen) or THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain (humor lit.classic) depending on how I feel after Rice's book.

Linda said...

Just wrapped: Chabon's AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY (same as Angelle... hmmm, long book but tres great) and BODY SURFING (Anita Shreve).

In the midst of: ATONEMENT (no, I haven't seen the flick, my movies these days are more like Horton Hears a Who which, btw, is great) and THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE (again, reading for first person present tense alternating voices which is similar to a book I'm writing).

Can't wait to read: LAST LAST CHANCE by Fiona Maazel (a debut!!!!!). And a stack of David Sedaris I picked up at a yard sale for a dime each.

(Books, you can't read just one...)

Happy to see you back, Moonrat... Peace...

Anonymous said...

You don't ever talk about reading stuff like I read (spec fic) so I doubt you'll read any of them. I have about ten books in progress at the moment.


Anonymous said...

BTW, my Amazon cart has hundreds of books in it. And the pending shipment number in the double digits. I think at least 30.


michelle Douglas said...

I love romance!

Just finished AIN'T SHE SWEET by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Brilliant!

Am reading - THE PERFECT STRANGER by Anne Gracie, as well as slowly making my way through Arnold Bennet's journal,

Next, Marion Lennox's A ROYAL MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE and Liz Fieldings THE BRIDE'S BABY (both authors are Halequin Mills & Boon legends)

ChristineEldin said...

Book just finished:
On Chesil Beach by Ian Yanno.

Book I'm reading:
Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

Book I'll read next:
Tuck Everlasting (a middle grade)

ChristineEldin said...

Precie, I LOVE The Book Thief!

cyn said...

the book thief comes highly recommended but i've held back from reading afraid it is "depressing"? i'm a wimp. i admit it.

it's not that i am a fan of humor or uplifting, but if the story is sad, then it makes me sad. and i don't want that right now.

Charles Gramlich said...

Last book: "all the pretty horses" by Cormac McCarthy.

Current books: "Amazonia" by James Rollins, "The Poison Door" by Steve Malley, "Denying Evolution" by Massimo Piglissimi, or something like that.

Next book: No way to know.

moonrat said...

you people are evil! now i've ordered THE BOOK THEIF.

but only one after this whole list is pretty good.

lauramanivong said...

just finished:
A CURSE DARK AS GOLD (stellar retelling of Rumpelstiltskin)

now reading:

up next:
WUTHERING HEIGHTS (nope, never read it before)

p.s. THE BOOK THIEF is simply amazing...mind blowing, actually.

Ello said...

Book Thief is awesome! But I read my copy from the library, ahem!

Just finished Sisters Grimm and the Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce - which was so amazing!

Reading Orange Mint and Honey, and Book of a Thousand Days

Going to read The Secret ADventures of Charlotte Bronte, Talera, and several more books just piled up like crazy.

McKoala said...

Just read: The Good Children by Kate Wilhelm

Am reading: Surrender by Sonya Hartnett

Next to read...need to visit the library to find out!

pacatrue said...

Um, Last Item: Attentional allocation to syllables in American English

Currently Reading: Bayesian Networks and Decision Graphs

Next Item: Stress changes the representational landscape: evidence from word segmentation

I think your budget is safe with me.

ReadDanceBliss said...

Just finished: _Imagine Me & You_ by Billy Mernit... eh. Better was the one before it, _A Tree Grows In Brooklyn_. I'm not gonna lie; I loved it.

Currently reading: _The Pillars of the Earth_ and I am AMAZED at how good it is. I didn't have such high hopes but it is greeeeeeeeaaaaat.

Concurrently reading: all kinds of non-fiction about how to buy a house. EEEEEEKKKKKK. Not tempting.

Next: Possibly _Water for Elephants_ or whatever it's called, b/c my mom gave it to me :)