Immediate Book Meme

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“There are plenty of memes that want to know all about your book history and your all-time greats and your grand ambitions, but let’s focus on something more revealing: the books you’re actually reading now, or just read, or are about to read. Let’s call it The Immediate Book Meme.”

1. What book are you reading now?

Rose by Martin Cruz Smith

 

2. What book did you just finish?

I’d revise this question to say “What’s the last book you read cover to cover?” There’s nothing just or recent about it.

The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen

 

3. What do you plan to read next?

Everything I see. But I’m a finger into The Sportswriter by Richard Ford, Modern American Memoirs edited by Annie Dillard and Cort Conley, and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Also Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson


 

4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?

Don Quixote and The Idiot

 

5. What book do you keep meaning to start?

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Just kidding…I have no intention of ever…

 

6. What is your current reading trend?

Read the first three chapters of a book, set it down and forget about it. Pick up magazines instead, or scroll through facebook looking for interesting links.

What about you?

 

About Elizabeth Duffy
  • Karyn

    Do you mean you have started a little bit of Lord of the World? I remember thinking I should check it out – what do you think thus far?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/duffy/ Elizabeth Duffy

      You might be interested in the discussion of Lord of the World at a little book blog I’m a part of:

      http://readingforbelievers.blogspot.com/

      I have withheld comment since I haven’t finished it yet. But I hope still to do so!

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    1. What book are you reading now?

    Washington Square by Henry James. Well, that’s the main one; there
    are three others, that I’m bouncing around with. I might as list them too:

    Gerard Manly Hopkins: Poems and Prose, Selected and Edited by W. H. Gardner.
    Julius Caesar: Life of a Colossus, by Adrian Goldsworthy.
    Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity, by Prue Shaw.

    2. What book did you just finish?

    Life on the Mississippi, by Mark
    Twain.

    3. What do you plan to read next?

    The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis. For Lent.

    4. What book do you keep meaning to finish?

    Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo.

    5. What book do you keep meaning to start?

    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor
    Dostoyevsky

    6. What is your current reading trend?

    19th Century American.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com/ Thomas L. McDonald

    I wonder if not reading Don Quixote is just A Thing: I picked it, too, since I bought the Grossman translation last year and won’t delete until I read it.

    • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

      You should read it. It was so funny and a real joy when I read it a few years ago. It was the Grossman translation and if you think it helps you along the audiobook of the translation was very good too.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/duffy/ Elizabeth Duffy

        I started it on audible, but I think I zoned out for ten minutes, and zoning back in for some reason has been a challenge.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Elizabeth, why are you interested in Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire? If you’re reading it for Gibbon’s prose and the fact it’s a famous book, I can understand. If you’re reading it to learn of ancient Roman history, you can do better. It was written in the 18th century and they’ve updated and reassessed. Gibbon’s conclusions don’t hold up much, and if anything he has an anti Catholic predisposition.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/duffy/ Elizabeth Duffy

      I’m not really that interested, but I need to justify the presence of this three volume behemoth on my shelf.

      • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

        LOL, I have it too somewhere in the basement with my stored away books. He really is a fine prose stylist, if you want to read him for the beauty of the language. But three volumes is a bit much.

  • http://platytera.blogspot.com Christian LeBlanc

    Rose was terrific.


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