What are you reading?

What is on your reading table this week?  Let This Common Reader know what you are reading for enjoyment, to help you sleep at night, or to inform you.

This week I am reading more Dave Eggars – How We Are Hungry (Short Stories) and The Best American Non-Required Reading 2008 (edited by Eggars)

Tell This Common Reader what you are reading.

20 Responses to What are you reading?

  1. avatar avatarCricket says:

    I am reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain … hilarious aut biography, and I don’t normally enjoy autobiographies.

  2. avatar avatarCarolyn Hornick says:

    I am reading “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.

  3. avatar avatarBob Miller says:

    I am reading, for the fourth time, “A World Without Time, The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein” by Palle Yourgrau.

  4. avatar avatarBeth says:

    I’m reading “Bellefleur” by Joyce Carol Oates. Not far into it yet. The overt hint of magic and unreality remind me a little of Isabelle Allende. Most of the characters have interesting and unique mental abnormalities, and the setting is an American castle somewhere in the northern wilderness. This is going to be fun on long winter nights.

  5. avatar avatarTamsey Audet says:

    I’m just about finished with Joyce Carol Oats’ Middle Age: A Romance. It’s a dark comedy. The book opens with the death of Adam Berendt. Adam is a relative newcomer to the very old and affluent town of Salthill-on-Hudson, a NYC bedroom community. Adam mixed with only the most wealthy. He was every man’s best friend, and every woman’s confidant. But it’s not until he dies, that they realize they don’t really know who he is. With his death they each reflect on the relevancy of their own lives and take actions to bring their lives more in line with his ideologies. It doesn’t really sound like a comedy, but some of the situations are very funny. In some ways it’s like a spoof on a soap opera. It’s my third Joyce Carol Oats book, and I think my favorite so far. My Kindle says I’ve read 91% of the book. I think I’ll go finish it.
    Just in case you’re wondering, Beth and I do not coordinate our reading. It’s a fluke that we both happen to be reading Joyce Carol Oats

  6. avatar avatarDeborah says:

    Just finished Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. It’s a sort of sequel to his Liar’s Poker, which was about his brief stint as a bond trader in the 80′s w/Salomon Brothers. Lewis is an artful storyteller and explains the last melt-down in ways that non-insiders can understand. If you’re offended by potty-mouth, beware; he makes liberal use of quotes from his interviewees. Starting Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand for my book club at work. It’s a sweet bit of fluff, which is a great relief after the darker books we’ve done lately.

  7. avatar avatarMaria Wise says:

    This common reader is reading common fodder…I usually do. I am readingThe Fiery Cross by Dianna Gabaldon. it is the 5th book of the 7 book series. Book 8 is on the horizon. Action packed historical fiction. I am also listening to the Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum as I knit my SECOND PAIR of sooks. Oh, am I allowed to talk about knitting on this site? I am the shallow thinker attached to this blog.

  8. avatar avatarMaria Wise says:

    Am I allowed to say that I love your bullets? The mathematician in me loves the quilter’s designs. : )

  9. avatar avatarLinda says:

    I’m reading “Years of Red Dust,” by Qiu Xiaolong. It’s a collection of stories, first published in LeMonde, of the people who live on Red Dust Lane in Shanghai. The stories of the city, its people and their history are revealed through conversations shared in evening gatherings of neighbors, from the first days of the communist revolution in 1949 to the modernization movement of the late 1990′s. A fascinating read.

  10. avatar avatartiffany says:

    I am reading If God is Good, by Randy Alcorn, heavy thinking. It is a blogging for books choice, didn’t know it was 400 plus pages of read and digest theology but very good for the soul.

  11. avatar avatartiffany says:

    I forgot…I read most of “Women are Like Spaghetti and Men are Like Waffles” last weekend. It was funny and enlightening.

  12. avatar avatarshominik says:

    I am reading Iron Butterflies by Birute Regine.

  13. avatar avatarJoan Izzo says:

    I’m reading Gail Kent’s Blog…Reclaiming the Sabbath… the last post “When Enough is enough” speaks about how we buy too much…and really the important things are free… I enjoy reading it…http://www.reclaimingsabbath.com/

  14. avatar avatarNorma says:

    Just read Water for Elephants. Good book, so-so movie. It’s such a shame that the movie in my mind as I’m reading does not match the Hollywood version!

  15. avatar avatarLinda says:

    I am reading Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. It’s a story filled with passion, conflict, and real-life issues — although set in the 1660′s in New England. While the story line concerns clashes of culture of the American Indians and the Puritans, as well as feelings toward a “woman’s place” in the world, it will capture your heart and help you understand the foundation of your beliefs.