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September 20, 2012

booking through thursday: quick!
posted by soe 8:34 am

BTT logoToday’s Booking through Thursday question was pretty easy:

Quick–what are you reading right now? Would you recommend it? What’s it about?

The book in my bag, which gets the most attention, is The Borrower, by Rebecca Makkai, which I picked up at the Politics & Prose membership sale a couple of weeks ago. It’s about a children’s librarian and her interactions with a charming 12-year-old boy (whom everyone assumes is gay) being raised by a fundamentalist mother who has a whole list of things she doesn’t want her son reading. It’s custom-made for a leftie book-lover like me.

The book I’m reading at home, because it’s awkward to carry around is Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. I got a late start on the Book Riot readalong, but it’s been in my to-be-read pile for a while (thanks again, Jenn!), so I am keeping on keeping on. Also, the first few chapters kind of read like an episode of Inspector Lewis, except told by the entitled college kids who murder one of their own. (I suppose it’s too much to hope for a dishy police sergeant to appear somewhere in its pages…) It’s dense, but I’m liking it so far.

How about you? What are you reading right now?

Category: books. There is/are 7 Comments.

I JUST finished Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys and am all set to start right back at the beginning, so yup, recommended! I also just started The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and like it so far!

Comment by jenn 09.20.12 @ 11:55 am

The Secret History is awesome. Hope you enjoy it 🙂


Comment by Valentina 09.20.12 @ 2:16 pm

The title, THE BORROWERS immediately made me think of the film about really little people who borrow things from regular people. I loved that movie. If I saw the book, I’d think it was about that. I do like the premise for the book by Rebecca Makkai but I wish she chose a different title.

Comment by Lizzy 09.20.12 @ 3:00 pm

@Mary Ann: Thanks!

@jenn: Your review of Raven Boys is very enthusiastic. I might have to give it a try.

@Valentina: Thank you!

@Lizzy: An interesting point. I wonder how Mary Norton, who wrote The Borrowers, would have felt about it. So far, though, since it’s about a librarian’s interactions with a patron and his choice of books, it does seem appropriate.

Comment by soe 09.21.12 @ 1:07 am

I am still reading “The House of the Seven Gables” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. So far it’s about an old house whose builder was not the nicest guy in town. It’s a bit long-winded and I’m not in love with it yet, but I’m not that far along. It still has plenty of time to win me over.

I am also reading Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” (thanks!) and so far it’s very good.

Comment by Karen 09.21.12 @ 7:30 am

@Karen: I read a book last year where one of the secondary characters was tied in with the story of The House of the Seven Gables. He had written an authoritative biography of Hawthorne, and was now suffering from dementia and kept getting confused between his research and real life. It was an interesting side story.

Comment by soe 09.21.12 @ 2:20 pm