Book Corner: What Are You Reading?

“Reading (portrait of Edma Morisot).” Berthe Morisot, 1873.

Here’s a space to tell the club what you’re currently reading. You’re welcome to use the comments below.

No pressure, of course! But if you’re feeling social, here’s a space to tell us about your latest classic. As always, you are of course welcome to leave a link to your blog if you prefer to share there.

Twitter hashtag: #ccreadingupdate

– The Club

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45 thoughts on “Book Corner: What Are You Reading?

  1. I just finished listening to How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewelyn. I really enjoyed it! Right now I’m reading The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman on audio (highly recommend for book nerds like me!). I’m trying to figure out what to read next off my bookshelf. I’m thinking either We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen or a reread of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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  2. What a great selection of literature! I’m reading ‘Relativity’ by Albert Einstein. [Am I mad? I hear you ask]
    However, I fear a review might be tricky without the mathematics.

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    1. This is excellent. I embarked on a similar journey sometime ago but the progress is snail pace. I got caught up with other Classic reads. All the best in your journey.

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  3. Just finished My Cousin Rachel. Currently reading Paradise Lost, and listening to the complete works of Sherlock Holmes, with awesome narrator Simon Prebble. I’m now in the collection: The Return of SH

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    1. Isn’t My Cousin Rachel disturbing? You’re not sure whether to feel sympathy for Rachel or curse her for being a scheming cow! I can’t wait to see how they approach the movie version.

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    2. I just downloaded the complete Sherlock Holmes narrated by Stephen Fry! All I’ve read of Holmes is The Hound of the Baskervilles, so I’m excited to read more. I also have been meaning to finish My Cousin Rachel. I started it ages ago so I’ll probably have to start again :-/ Hate when I do that!

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  4. I’m in the midst of several books at the moment: Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope (on audio); Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome (on my phone, whenever I have a moment); and two print books: a biography of Queen Victoria by Julia Baird; and finally, Marriages Are Made in Bond Street, a delightful nonfiction book about two young women who started a Marriage Bureau business just before WWII.

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    1. I just pulled this off the shelf to take a closer look at last night! Dang, I was hoping it would be something surprisingly enjoyable…I’ll get around to it one day!

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  5. No classics at the moment. I’m reading a history of the Russian Revolution, and Colm Toibin’s new one, House of Names, which so far is excellent. And listening to Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves on audio for a little light relief!

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    1. Which Russian Revolution book are you reading? I have a thing for that period in time!

      The Colm Toibin is on my wishlist, but have yet to hear/see any reviews for it at all.

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      1. A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes, at the moment, which is excellent but massive! But I’m doing a Russian Revolution cahllenge this year, so I’m reading loads of Russian stuff, bith factual and fiction – that’s the plan anyway…

        The Toibin was very good, but not quite as excellent as I hoped it would be from the first section. I’m still mulling over it, but will probably review it next week or the week after.

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    1. I’ve been watching your progress with pleasure through Herodotus and now Thucydides. I had hoped to join you, but too many other things (& books) got in the way!

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    2. I’ve been watching your progress with pleasure through Herodotus and now Thucydides. I had hoped to join you for this reread, but too much other stuff got in the way this year.

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      1. I am enjoying it! It is longer than I expected, but because it divides into so many little stories, I find myself retelling them at each meal I sit down for. Some of them quite dreadful though (remember the one with the King of Thrace? And cutting that girl’s tongue out? Oi, wretched. But it keeps a listener’s attention). Happy reading!

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      1. No, I am reading through the Latin text. My version is a critical edition from a German publisher. It is not as difficult as I expected, but it will still take some time (for indeed, it always takes some time to get through the whole Bible).

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  6. After reading When Books Went to War, which is about the pocketbooks that were printed for soldiers during WWII, I hunted down a copy of Rosemary Taylor’s Chicken Every Sunday, which was one of the best-loved and most requested pocketbooks. It’s a bit dated, but great fun.

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    1. I loved that book! I remember doing a search afterward for Chicken Every Sunday, though I don’t think I ever requested it from the library. I loved learning about what all the soldiers read.

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    2. I haven’t heard about the pocketbooks for war before – interesting story.

      Have you read Vera Brittain’s memoir from this time – Testament of Youth?

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