What I’m Reading this Week (May 24th)

Read:
Changeless by Gail Carriger (my review is here.)

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson — I don’t have much to say about this one. I was drawn to it by the cover, and it meandered pleasantly along. Don’t go into it expecting it to “pick-up,” because it isn’t that kind of book really. There are a few action packed pages at the very end. It was story of family and pride and manners and mores. Of old ways versus new times and breaking traditions. Some where in the midst of thinking it is boring, you realize you care about these characters and want to know how it ends.  It is all narrated by the Major who is 68 and has at the opening of the story received news that his brother has died. It is about his tenuous and growing relationship with Mrs. Ali, a widow who runs the local show and is from a different cultural background then the country gentry of the small and stayed English Villagers, and the social pressure they experience from family and friends alike.

Reading:

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
– just started. I’ve loved all the other books in the Mercy Thompson series.

(Still reading Alison’s Wonderland edited by Alison Tyler and Climbing Your Family Tree by Ira Wolfman)

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett ; I’m listening to this on audio. Sometimes I’ve trouble focusing on audio non-fiction at the beginning, but this one is holding my interest from the get go.

Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art) by Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton, and Mimi Hellman

* Dangerous Liaisons is one of my favorite stories. I’ve read the original book by Choderlos de Laclos, seen half dozen film adaptations, and a theatricality retelling setting the whole thing in Germany before WWII. One of the things I love about the Close and Malkovich movie is the clothes. There is something about the sumptuous clothes and furnishing that help set the mood for the characters despicable sport.  In Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (of which I’m only in the introduction) is attempting to lay out a coloration between those aspects. The book is basically a museum’s catalog that laid out it art (clothes, furniture, painting, etc) in dioramas that loaned an air of theater to the exhibit while also humanizing the living space. At least that’s what I’ve gleaned so far. I can’t wait to finish this one.

The Secret Lives of Princesses – Illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer and Words by Philippe Lechermeier
* You’ll fall in love with Dautremer’s illustrations the moment you see them. Their bright colors and whimsy drew me in from the start and I knew I had to have the book no matter what the words were. I’m currently several princesses into the book and Lechermerier’s creative mythology has had me laughing out loud in places. While all of us reader would probably identify with Princess Paige, there is a quiz on the website to uncover your true Princess Personality. It turns out that I’m whimsical, who’d have guessed?

That is probably more then I can chew this week, but we will see how it goes.I still have to pick something for the Southern Women book salon on July 11th.

The Secret Lives of PrincessesWish List:

I discovered The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace over at The Crowed Leaf.

I also discovered Not Quite Paradise: An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka by Adele Barker at Reading Extensively.

Arrived in the Mail:

The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry — an advance copy, with a lovely cover. I do believe the book is actually out on shelves already.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

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16 Responses

  1. Great list last week and this week. I did so enjoy Dangerous Liaisons. Happy reading. My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-24-may.html

  2. I still have to read Soulless but I have no doubt I’ll be reading Changless also. Happy reading!

  3. The Secret Lives of Princesses is one I hope to be reading soon, it just looks so beautiful and I love the idea behind it. Just wonderful!
    Have a fantastic reading week and if you get a chance, stop by: Monday Reading’s at There’s A Book

  4. Some great title last week. I also checkout your video and loved it. Hope you have a great week.

  5. You’ve got a lot going on at the same time. I sometimes do that with books from different genres (otherwise I’m afraid I’llconfuse the stories).

  6. I need to read my copy of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. I hope to soon. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  7. Great books this week! The Mercy Thompson series is fun. 🙂

    It’s Monday! What I am reading is here and my 300 Follower Giveaway is here.

    Happy reading!

    xx,
    E.J.

  8. I really liked White Cat and I am ecstatic that it is part of a series. I can’t wait to see what you think of the Mercy Thompson series. I read one and was totally confused, my kids at the library said it’s cause I picked up one in the middle of the series, so I am debating giving it another try.

    • Oh yes, you’d be confused starting Mercy Thompson series in the middle. They build directly on each other with sparse recap. The first title is Moon Called and it was very good. Glad to hear you enjoyed White Cat. I’m looking forward to starting it.

  9. I can never resisit quizzes – I’m a whimsical princess too. 🙂

    A wonderful variety of books you have – have a great reading week!

  10. I have heard really good things about The Man Who Loved Books Too Much. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction but I am enjoying Not Quite Paradise. I have it for one more month so I hope I get it finished. I may end up purchasing it. (Thanks for the shout out to my blog! I hope you like Not Quite Paradise when you do get the chance to read it)

    I thoroughly enjoyed your review of Changeless! Alexia Tarabotti is such a fun character. I look forward to reading book 2, hopefully soon.

    When you visited my blog, you asked about Gateway by Sharon Shinn. I liked it somewhat. I thought the premise was interesting and I enjoyed the story except for the romance. I thought the main character was a bit weak and whiny at times which I didn’t like. I might try one of Shinn’s books for adults.

    I hope you have a great week and enjoy your reading!

    • I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of Not Quite Paradise, it just sounds so interesting. I reading about 30% non-fiction, 70% fiction. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is excellent, so far.

      I’m sorry to hear Gateway was only so so. I guess I’ll just wait until I run across it instead of rushing out to get it. Book Mooch, maybe.

  11. The Secret Lives of Princesses looks excellent! Beautiful illustrations & a clever idea. 🙂 My Monday post is here. 🙂

  12. Great books! Hope you find time to read and enjoy them! Have a great week! Stop by and check out what I got at The Wormhole

  13. I really love the Malcovich/Close version as well, although I am embarrassed to admit I also kind of love the Gellar/Phillippe version, Cruel Intentions. I’m a victim of my generation sometimes!

    Have a great week 🙂

    • The Rupert Everett/Catherine Deneuve mini series is interesting, but a little slow. Still worth checking out if you are ever in the mood.

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