Tuesday, November 06, 2012

What are you reading?

One of the first things I did when I arrived here in our new town was to get myself a public library card. It is a nice library and I particularly like their children's programming. But they don't allow magazines to be checked out- bummer. Flipping through yummy magazines is my favorite way to kill an hour here and there.

Here's what I am reading. I just started Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. It is a bestselling classic written in 1938. Now, I generally prefer reading contemporary works, and this one is supposed to be in the romantic suspense genre, whatever that means. But I suppose romantic suspense is still more entertaining than the particularly unromantic suspense of election night.

Other books in my stack are-

Lidia's Italy in America by Lidia Bastianich: This is the companion cookbook to the PBS series that I've watched quite a bit. I'm enjoying the essays on various Little Italy neighborhoods in the US, and I plan to try a recipe from this book before this month is out.

Plastic Free by Beth Terry: A very interesting and informative book by a woman who took on the challenge of banishing plastic from her life. I'll need to devote a whole post to this one.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear: I haven't started this one yet but I am so excited, because if it is good, then I have a whole new cozy mystery series to read!


What are you reading these days? 

42 comments:

  1. Just started on gone girl and love it so far

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    1. I'm in queue waiting for it from the library! I'm excited to read it (once the 800 people in line before me have).

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  2. Recently started J K Rowling's new book Casual Vacancy. It hasn't piqued my interest in the first few pages yet :(

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    1. Oh no? :( I put it on hold at the library- couldn't pass up anything by JK Rowling. Oh well, hopefully it gets more interesting for you.

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  3. I am reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.
    -- Rehana

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    1. Do you like it so far? I'm not a fan of Bourdain AT ALL so stayed away from that one.

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  4. Love Rebecca (the Selznick movie is also a classic). Try Frenchman's Creek Nupur if you havent already - one of my favorites. du Maurier definitely knows how to do romance. I am also trying some new mystery series. I got back Twelve Drummer's Drumming, Death at Wentwater Court and a Killers Xmas in Wales (yes I am getting into the holiday mood). I don't know if any of them will be particularly good but then thats the beauty of library lending and free kindle samples isn't it? There is something very comforting about knowing that there is a long line of unread good books to look forward to.I have also found some websites that list mystery series like "stop you're killing me" and "cozy mystery series". Hope my research yields something readworthy :-)

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    1. YAY thanks for the recommendation. And please let me know if you discover some hidden gem mystery series? Would love some juicy holiday reading. I do like the cozy mystery website!

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  5. Hey girl .. great to see you're able to blog more often. I'm reading the Bourne books .. am on #5 right now. The first 3 were great. The 4th was slow and this one is slower still. This might be my last ... !! I read Rebecca years ago ... might be inspired to read it again ... !! Hugs to all 3 of you!!!

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    1. I've been reading your blog regularly also! Loving your discovery of new veggies. I haven't read the Bourne books at all- spy fiction not my thing really. V LOVES those movies (insert eyeroll).

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  6. I can't imagine my life without the library here. Me and hubby both visit the library every week. I finished 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin...it was a casual read. Currently enjoying the stories and recipes from 'Muy Bueno Cookbook', a mexican cookbook written by a mother and her 2 daughters that contain stories and recipes from 3 generations, very engaging stories and simple recipes. I have borrowed 'The one world school house - Education Reimagined' by Salman Khan (not the actor, the man behind Khan academy), I plan to start reading it soon.

    - Priti

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    1. Me neither- BIG fan of the public library. I did enjoy The Happiness Project. The Mexican cookbook sounds very interesting! So does the Khan academy book- I know exactly who you're referring to. This young guy with online classes- he was featured on 60 minutes I think. Tell me if you think it's worth reading? Please and thanks :)

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  7. I just started Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness. Seems like a very interesting read!!
    PS: im getting addictec to your daily blogs, i keep looking forward to the next one :))
    - Suchi (ur fan from Australia)

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    1. Hi Suchi! Glad you're enjoying them- the month is only a week old so hopefully neither you nor I will get sick of the daily posts. I must read the Art Of Happiness one of these days.

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  8. i have just bought fifty shades of grey.. all the three books..
    planning to read them soon.. as and when i get time..

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    1. All I can say is- hubba hubba :D

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  9. Have always loved Daphne Du Maurier's work. Read Rebecca way back in college, loved it then.
    Now reading "Open"

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    1. I'm loving Rebecca so far. How do you like Open?
      Are you OK- been thinking of you all through this Sandy devastation.

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  10. Rereading Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, just finished I know why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou and Lisa See's latest...I cannot remember the name...all 3 books are good reads.

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  11. I just started Life of Pi.

    -Anu

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    1. Anu- This was one of those books that everyone raved about but I couldn't get into AT ALL.

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  12. Hi Nupur

    I loved the whole series by Jacqueline Winspear. Its uncanny how similar the economic situation in 1920s England is with whats happening today.

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    1. Really? I'm excited to start this book!

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  13. Rebecca one of my favourites you will enjoy reading I am sure.

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  14. Good to read more of you this month!

    I recently finished 'Ascent of the A-word' and just started 'I know why the caged bird sings' by Maya Angelou. I read 'Maisie Dobbs' earlier this year, and while I found some parts of it interesting (mostly related to the War - I am fascinated by stories set against the backdrop of the World Wars, like the series 'Foyle's War'), I wasn't particularly impressed by the mystery quotient.

    I wrote about it on my blog (http://rrameshv.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/m-dobbs-psychologist-and-investigator/) awhile ago (no spoilers!).

    - Radhika

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    1. Very interesting! I absolutely loved Foyle's War. But in my case, it is more of loving it inspite of the war setting rather than because of it. Looking forward to reading your review!

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  15. I loved Rebecca!
    I also saw both movies, I mean, the English adaptation and Hindi (lovely songs, haunting melodies!).
    My friend shared 50 shades of grey, am yet to start those, after Diwali.
    A few days ago, I finished the last book in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
    And now, try as I could, I could not keep away from Harry Potter series, am on the 5th. book :)

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    1. All these famous trilogies I really really have NO desire to read: the Dragon Tattoo one, Twilight, Hunger Games, 50 Shades. Now Harry Potter I did enjoy a lot.

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    2. This is a late comment but I have been going through your comments this morning taking a note of all books.
      I agree that 50 shades and Twillight were not worth getting into. But I loved the first book of Hunger Games and Dragon Tatto. You should try it out sometime! It is dark but I could not put them down.

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  16. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again..." - the hauntign first line of the book and the fun fact that the heroine has no name! I loved Rebecca - read it when I was in college.

    On your recommendation I read a Vish Puri mystery - Deadly Butter chicken - it was a really innovative story line completely new setting for me.

    I love Foyle's War so will try Maisie Dobbs. I am waiting for the new Isabel Dalhousie book and listened to "Call the Midwife" - don't watch the PBS series read it or listen to it.

    Best on your new move!

    Vishakha

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    1. Vishakha- I read "Call The Midwife" last month and it was the best (and most heart-breaking) books I've read in a really long time. OMG.
      Loving Rebecca so far!

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  17. Coming in late. If you like mystery I recently read Arianna Franklin's "Mistress of the Art of Death'. Loved the premise (one of the few/ only? female pathologists in Sicily is forced to come to England to solve murders for King Henry. Lots of historical background made it interesting though I wasn't totally fascinated. Also Room by Emma Donoghue. Anything by MG Vassanji. In line for Verghese. Btw Life of Pi releases this month. Loved the book so am dreading the movie. So much of what worked in the book was the reader's imagination. Also since I know you are into English literature by South Asian authors, watch out for Midnight Children & The Reluctant Fundamentalist (movies). Hope you have read Mohsin Hamid and Mohammed Hanif. Have fun!
    - Ashwini

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    1. Lots of great recommendations here- thank you!!

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  18. Nupur, Just finished the latest Gamache novel by Canadian author Louise Penny. If you are looking for mystery novels that are not violent and build up characters well, I would recommend her works. Each book has a theme - The Beautiful mystery is about Gregorian chants. Start with the first one, Still Life.

    Great post, got lots of ideas, thanks!

    -Anu

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    1. Ooh I'll definitely look for this series- sounds like something I would like! Thanks Anu.

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  19. One's 'The Great Gatsby', an American classic, then 'The secret garden', a story of a small English girl in 1900 or so who finds entrance to a secret garden, recently reread Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking glass (all time fav), and one Agatha Christie mystery, A pocket full of rye.
    Also read The emperor of all maladies if you're interested in non-fiction.
    No good enough library around me, sadly. So, living off bookstores (new and old books), book fairs, and scavenging off friends. :)

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    1. I read The Secret Garden a few months ago and loved it. And I have Emperor of Maladies on my to-read list. I am glad you're able to find good books there even though public libraries are sadly lacking.

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  20. I'm also reading Plastic Free and have been successful at times to have a zero waste/ plastic-free kitchen. Plastic is all-invasive but it should not be a challenge for a creative person like you to slowly eliminate it from your life :)
    Here's a link to Beth Terry's super informative blog: myplasticfreelife.com

    Another link to an inspiring zero waste blog by Bea: http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/

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    1. Beth Terry does have an awesome blog- actually I found about her book through the blog. I'll write a post about this soon and I hope you'll chime in and share your tips, Snehal!

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  21. I would highly recommend 'Room' by Emma Donoghue. Please do read it. It's a book like no other!

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