Thursday, September 20, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

Quick–what are you reading right now? (Other than this question on this website, of course.) Would you recommend it? What’s it about?

The question comes from Deb at Booking Through Thursday

1. The Mystery of Lewis Carroll by Jenny Woolf
This is my “slow read” book at the moment, which means I’m savouring it in small portions.  I’ve only read about 1/4 yet; but yes, if ever you felt curious to know more about the author who wrote Alice in Wonderland, I’d recommend it.

2. Dandy by Jan Guillou (Swedish author) – second in a series about the early 20th century. Just started listening to it as audio book. I’m not sure if even the first part has been translated into English yet (or will be).

With the first part – Bridge Builders – I found some of the historical perspectives and details interesting, but characters and relationships kind of flat, not really leaving much of an impression behind. I suspect I’ll probably end up feeling much the same about this one. Reviews I glanced at vary between finding the book(s) a great literary achievement vs. “unnecessary”…

The first book starts with three brothers born in poor circumstances in Norway, but offered the chance to go to Germany to become engineers. One of them afterwards did what was expected of him, and went back to Norway, engaging in the building of railways. Another went to East Africa, and the third to London. The first book was mostly about the first two brothers; the one that I just started on focuses on the third brother who went to England. It seems that besides engineering it will be about art and literature and especially the Bloomsbury group. I’ve not read far enough yet to decide what I think.

8 comments:

  1. i can't remember the name of the book, it is the new Harry Bosch, clever cop that he is, homicide cop book. i downloaded it from the library and just started it. i love the series and i don't want to get up and go find the Kindle and boot it up to find the name, but i am loving it whatever its name. i have never read more than one book at a time. i read until i am done, if i changed books i would not know what was happening in each one.

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    1. I nearly always have at least two books going - one printed and one audio. What I try to avoid is shifting between two of the same kind - like two different detective stories. But it the books are of different kind, I don't have a problem with it.

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  2. Oh wow, unnecessary and brilliant are definitely on opposing sides of the compliments-scale. I hope this one is good though, for your sake :)
    Thanks for sharing :) I'm a new follower!
    My BTT
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  3. Two interesting books.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/09/booking-through-thursday_20.html

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  4. I am a one book woman, I read them one at a time. I've tried reading two or three at a time, but for me it seems like I will never get any of them read, it seems to take forever. I hope you have a good reading week this week.

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  5. Very interesting books :)

    http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/09/booking-through-thursday_20.html

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  6. I've always had some interesting theories about Lewis Carroll. But I'm not sure if I would want to learn about the man behind the masterpiece. It's like learning the secret to magicians. No more magic. :(

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