02 March 2011

What Are You Reading RIGHT NOW! Challenge March 2011

It has been a while since we started a new list... 

...so go ahead tell us, What are you reading RIGHT NOW. 

So, what are you Reading RIGHT NOW? 

Please use the following format for your comment:
Title of Book, Author, and your thoughts on the book.


  1. At this very moment The Sisters are listening to Enola Holmes The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer.

    It's a favorites and since The Little Sister is just getting over being sick and The Big Sister is sick --there is nothing like a favorite book-on-tape and a cup of tea to get some good R&R!

  2. One chapter left of The Red Garden, Alice Hoffman's latest --I have grown to love magical realism and stories that leave me in wonder.

    And yesterday I received a book I have been dreaming about. A package arrived from Lynn, The Teacher, now I have --in my hands-- Palmer Park, a play by Joanna McClelland Glass. I've wanted to read it for quite some time but it was difficult to get a hold of --but Lynn did, she found a source in Stratford, Ontario! Thank you dear Lynn!

    And just 30 minutes Lynn's grandaughter was born!! Welcome to the world Isla!! Congratulations Grandmother Lynn!

  3. The Librarian4:28 PM

    Yeah! I love the no brainers.

    I'm working on Failure is Not an Option, Gene Kranz (former flight director for NASA...the white vest guy). This book followed reading Lost Moon, Jim Lovell. See a theme? My husband would call it an obsession.

    Kids are reading/doing Simple Puppets from Everyday Materials, Barbara MacDonald Buetter. Very doable projects for ages 5 and up using junk from the house. But we've been reading, sometimes crying, through James Herriot's Treasury for Children. Wonderful stories and illustrations.

    And finally the more technical oriented member of the family, dad, is working through Root Cellaring, Mike and Nancy Bubel. Just read something this morning about storing eggs long term at room temperature but submursed in lard. Man, have we shed practical information over the years or what?

  4. welcome isla!!

    i am reading (thanks to your recommendation) the cookbook collector. :)

    just finished pale demon (love that series, michigan author!)...

    lillie's reading, well let me see. anne of green gables, i think. she loved the case of the peculiar pink fan! i am hoping to find chrestomanci chronicles on audio for her next...

    did you read green angel? it was wonderful. alice hoffman.

  5. "Marketing 2010 Edition" Pride-Ferrell
    I am giving a presentation to a classroom of 29 MBA students at NMC this evening. In preparation for my conversation about "Branding & Packaging" I have read a chapter or two in the class text.
    The reading is dry, but will help me better articulate the work I do on a daily basis as a director of marketing. The thing about textbooks, research, & creating PowerPoint presentations is that the student in me gets excited & wants to return to school! I appreciate my friend Julie asking me to be a guest speaker in her class tonight. (Wish me luck!)

  6. Good Luck Jenn!

    (please note: thanks to the The Dreamer, Jenn, The Sisters have been heard saying things like "how would we market this at the home school convention?" "Wow, they have changed how they are marketing!")

    Librarian: Root Cellaring is a wonderful book... let us know how the lard eggs work out (wow, that sounds gross ;))

    Wandering Ed: I remember reading Green Angel when it was first released... must re-read!

  7. Eckhart Tolle's THE POWER OF NOW is better this second time, my mind more open than the first cursory reading. I've just finished Paul Auster's INVISIBLE and found layer on layer of meaning on which to reflect. And before that it was ZEITOUN by Dave Eggars, an author worth exploring for his ability to use good writing for good reasons. All of these books are passed along by UNCLE CHRIS...Where the heck is HIS comment??? He's a voracious reader, all good stuff.

  8. I've got early books from favorite authors: Book of Jamaica by Russell Banks, and after that s Haruki Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase...will let you know how they are!!

  9. For the past couple of weeks I've been working my way through A fable by William Faulkner. Faulkner is my all-time favorite writer and I've pretty much read everything of his. I've had this novel since it was first published and I've tried unsuccessfully at least twice before to read it. I'm farther this time than ever before, and it's a slow go, but I'm determined to finish. I'll let you know more when I'm done.

  10. I am reading a novel called "The Old Whitaker Place" by David Chambers. David is someone I met years ago in Ann Arbor when he was a professor at University of Michigan Law School. Now he lives in Vermont and writes fiction. Goes to show that you never know where people's paths will lead. Anyway, I found out about this novel because David wrote to me after reading my novel, and told me he too had published one. It's a deep character study of a man, living alone and growing old on a piece of property his family has owned for generations. David has a very simple, straight-ahead writing style, and I'm finding the story to be affecting.

  11. Norma GC10:00 AM

    I am reading a very small book, almost a pamphlet called "Indignez -vous!" by Stephane Hessel, who was a member of the French resistance, he survived a concentration camp and later on became one of the co-writers of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. He talks about indignation, of how it was the motto for the resitance and that we should continue to feel in today's complex world in order to protest for the things (and injustices)that we think are not right and should be changed, a "peaceful insurrection".
    It's being pretty sucesful lately, selling in less than 3 months (since it came out in Oct 2010) around 600,000 copies.

  12. Anonymous7:26 PM

    I am reading a sports autobiography "Open" by Andre Agassi. It's a fascinating and sad story about a successful life lived doing something you did not choose to do or want to do but were amazing at. Imagine it! Little Andre had to play tennis, but learned he did not want to. He kept going and getting better. The story has a happy ending, because he's happy now. He's formed a nonprofit that helps kids. Go Andre!

  13. Anonymous7:40 PM


    Here's a link to Andre's foundation. "Open" is not a children's book, but the message of finding what you want to do in life and making your mark the way you want to is a great message!

  14. The Mom is reading Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder aloud to The Little Sister.

    Little Sis wants to read through the series again --it will be The Mom's 4th time reading it through in the last 6 years... but somehow it never gets old.

    Little Sis is relieved that she lives in a time where kids don't have to be "seen and not heard." She is really relieved by that! And The Mom is happy that we don't have to live on prairie chickens and corn meal mush.

  15. I just finished Sastun by Rosita Epstein (1994) lent to me by the Mom. The book traces the true story of an American herbalist’s journey to preserve the knowledge of Don Elijio Panti, one of the last traditional Belize rainforest healers.
    A stunning read about Rosita’s experience, Mayan traditional medicine and later impact on HIV and cancer research. Here are some interesting links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijio_Panti

  16. I am now reading Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (2009) lent to me by my son, Unca Chris. Amazing recount of the trials of Katrina experienced by a Muslim family in the wake of 2001.

    Love to “hear” what folks are reading!

  17. I just finished a week of grading papers and I am excited to start Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry.

  18. I'm reading Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Berneires. It is a really beautiful love story intermixed with hilarious political satire, set during WWII. I can't wait to tell you about it when I'm done... I'm about 3/4 through it.

  19. The Help by Kathryn Stockett, keeping to my New Year’s Book Resolution and recommended by several friends: being a slow reader, it’s hard for me to read books not on my Book Club list!

    The Help is a wise and heart-warming read about black maids’ treatment and courage in the Deep South during the Civil Rights era.

    Having grown up till age 5, with “Annie, my wonderful black Nannie”, I treasure her even more and thank God, for the enlightened way my parents dealt with this difficult issue. A pivotal quote of the book, “Wasn’t that the point of the book? For women to realize, we are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.” (... said about two white women with supposed opposing racial views…)

    The Mom told me that the author is currently being sued by her brother’s black maid who said that Ms. Stockett plagiarized material from her life. A sad twist to a great book…. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/books/18help.html

  20. New stack of books... part way into each.

    1) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin --so far loads of notes and contemplating buying a copy so that I can highlight it!

    2)The Creators: A History of Heroes the Imagination --this is amazing reading, how Daniels Boorstin manages to write so many facts into such lovely reading, I might just make it through this three inch tome.

    3) National Books Award Winner, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann --I reserved it at the library but cannot remember who suggested it to me... it begins on the day the man walked a tightrope between the World Trade Center Towers. I am 20 pages in.

  21. Amelia9:36 PM

    I am reading two books- "Suttree" by Cormack McCarthy-My boyfriend & I read books "together" and this is our latest joint effort. As my cousin said "Have your dictionary handy!" the post-modern, poetic writing style takes a little getting used to but the tale of the seamy, seedy underbelly of Knoxville, TN is utterly engrossing.
    "The Red Queen" by Phillipa Gregory is my second book-to read in between reading "Suttree" as I'm outpacing my reading partner on that venture. The second in her new Cousins series, I'm finding it quick, glossed over & entertaining. Henry VII's mother shamelessly & endlessly plotting to return favor to the House of Lancaster.

  22. The Mom is reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler aloud to The Sisters.

    The Big Sister read about the book in New Moon Girls a magazine for girls. We are three chapters in... if it is good you'll hear more, perhaps in the Thank Heaven There's More Challenge since this is the first book in a series.

  23. Right now (to be very literal about it), I am reading the comments on this website. In a broader sense, what I am reading right now is Swann's Way, the first volume in Marcel Proust's great novel. I am reading the new (from a few years ago) translation by Lydia Davis. I read this in small sections because I'm reading it as part of a small group (four people) who are doing a very close study of the text. At our meetings, we sometimes go line by line, reading to each other, considering each image and phrase. I've always wanted to do something like this (the close study), and Proust is so rich. It's a perfect vehicle.

    By the way, happy anniversary. It's wonderful that you've kept your site going for a whole year. So much learning . . .