|Book challenge - September
||[Oct. 2nd, 2006|06:56 am]
Not a great reading month - I was very busy, and am in the middle of several books, but did not finish many:|
1 - Evolutionary Withcraft by T. Thorn Coyle
2 - The Pagan Book of Living and Dying by Starhawk and M. Mach Nightmare
3 - Etheric Anatomy by Victor and Cora Anderson
4 - Marley's Ghost by Mark Osmun
5 - Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
6 - Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
7 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
8 - The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
9 - Constitutional Chaos by Andrew P. Napolitano
10 - Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
11 - Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
12 - Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
13 - Miriam's Kitchen by Elizabeth Ehrlich
14 - Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki
15 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
16 - Finding Serenity edited by Glenn Yeffeth and Jane Espenson
17 - No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
18 - The Mountain People by Colin Turnbull
19 - The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
20 - Pure Fiction by Julie Highmore
21 - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
22 - Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
23 - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
24 - Perfume by Patrick Suskind
25 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (re-read)
26 - V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
27 - Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
28 - Can't find it right now! I have the list at home
29 - Earthsong: Native Tongue III by Suzette Haden Elgin
30 - The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
31 - The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician's Trilogy, Book 1)
32 - The Novice by Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician's Trilogy, Book 2)
33 - The High Lord by Trudi Canavan (The Black Magician's Trilogy, Book 3)
34 - Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson
And September's books:
35 - Aradia, by Charles Leland
36 - A History of the World in Six Glasses, by Tom Standage
37 - The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman
38 - Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs
Still, on track to finish 50 books by the end of the year, so that is good.
It was quite a good read, in a sort of horrifying way. I do intend to read Dry at some point, though it must wait while I get through a few other books.
Ooh I need to go get one of those meters for my book challenge!
It was being really glitchy this morning for me, but generally works very consistently.
I'm impressed at how much reading you've gotten in this year considering the trip to Israel, graduation, the bar exam and the trip to Europe.
Yeah, I have to keep things in perspective, I guess. But when you're married to Ferrett, who vacuums
books, and have friends like hernewshoes
who often reads a book a day, it's easy to feel like a piker!
Heh. You're probably ahead of me. I haven't bothered keeping track the past couple years since I figured it would be a depressing reminder of how little fiction I manage to get in. The last month or so has been good (was on a roll and plowed through seven Rex Stout novels) but my average for the year is probably around two a month. Sad. Hopefully will improve when the kids stop trying to eat anything I'm holding. :)
Reading and small children really do not mix! Good luck with that.
Which version of Aradia did you read? I've been wondering whether it would be worth it to buy one of the newer versions.
One I got free online. It would probably be interesting to read one with a lot of commentary.
You should absolutely read the Pazzaglini translation if you are interested in this book. It really needs top be seen from a scholarly persepective than many modern folks see it, though Leland's other books are far less questionable. I can go on and on about this subject, so if you want to know anything about Italian folkloric magic, or Aradia just let me know and I will give you my very biased opinion! :-)
Oh, believe me, I did not read it as "gospel" (so to speak), much more for its influence on neopaganism.
I am, however, happy to hear your opinions, as always!
The Pazzaglini version, called the New Translation, goes over the text with a fine tooth comb, along with letters and notes from Leland's estate, then retranslates the text, from an Italian perspective, in other words, by Italians who understand the puns and double meanings that many Italian words have. It is definitely worth the time, if you are thinking of reading Aradia, to pick up the new translation. Reading it as it was published is like looking at a painting through a keyhole, I think.
Interesting. I will add it to my list of things to read.
oh I think you are more than on track!....Good for you....do you have a complete list?
Not at the moment. I will put one together, though, and edit this post.
And yes, now I have a list, except #28
, which I can't remember and can't find here, but I know is on my list at home.