Thursday, October 14, 2010

What I'm Reading Lately

Not much going on at Fluther HQ, so I'll update you on my reading list.  I mostly read non-fiction, so these may not be frothy beach reads but there may be something you'll enjoy:

"The Finger: A Handbook"  by Angus Trimble.  I picked this one up at random at the library, and it turned out to be quite interesting.  It is a history of how fingers have been portrayed and used in art and culture through the ages (and THE finger has meant exactly what it means today for millenia).  Two thumbs up!

"The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag" by Alan Bradley.  This is the second book in a series featuring 10 year old Flavia de Luce as our crime solving heroine.  She lives with her dotty stamp collector father and two annoying older sisters in a small English village in 1950.  A good mystery with an unusual detective!

"Cro-Magnon" by Brian Fagan.  I've read a couple of his books on the Ice Age, and he's a very accessible historian.  This one deals with the coming of modern man to Europe.  What can I say, I love me some Ice Age pre-history.

"At Home: A Short History of Private Life"
by Bill Bryson.  Bill is one of my favorite writers and this is his latest.  He discusses the history of each room in the home, and it's quite fascinating how we came to design and live in the house as we know it.  Plus, he's a hoot.

I spend quite a bit of time in my car driving to and from work, and waiting for the boys at their various activities.  So I try to have a book on CD to listen to, and I'm currently playing "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens.  I like to listen to classic novels, it makes me feel like I'm actually doing something worthwhile for my brain while I drive and/or sit, plus I can feel all kinds of superior for having 'read' a classic :-)  That said, Dickens is really quite enjoyable, his stories hold up well, the characters are memorable, and I get to learn a lot of Victorian slang and customs.

So what are you all reading?


Lis said...

I just read "the girl with the dragon tattoo." Liked it a lot. And am now reading "under the sky" or something like that, I can't remember actually. it's about prostitutes and enslaving women in the sex trade. very interesting read.

zaideafraidey said...

this is probably old news, but just finished "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" which I loved and strongly recommend. Did you know that the Puyallup fair grounds housed the Japanese interred during WWII? I am also reading a yarn/stitchery detective series left at the cabin by Lootie.

Laurie said...

haven't read any of the girl with series yet, but I did like the original movie so may have to check that out. And I've been wanting to read The Hotel at etc, and I DID know that the Puyallup fairgrounds were an internment camp -- didn't the Japanese family in Snow Falling on Cedars get sent there? Also like the yarn murder series, I've read a couple of those. Guess I do read fiction after all!

Sue said...

Nothing on the night stand at the moment - but just finished "Boom" about the bb generation and why we think and live the way we do after all that has happened from the late '40's on . . . story of my life it seems . . .