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the giganimous stack

Okay, this is going to be absurd. First, I haven't done one of these in at least two months, so it's going to seem like I do nothing but read, when in fact I've been reading less than usual. Second, I have this bad habit of letting people hand me books to read. "Here, you'll like this," they say. "My stack of books to read is huge!" I protest. But it is vain & pointless, because I have already tucked the volume near my purse so I will remember to take it with me when I go.

Recently read:
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Aimee Bender (short stories)
You Remind Me of Me, by Dan Chaon (note to self: these two are worth reviewing properly)
Fire and Fog, Dianne Day
The Cold Moon, Jeffrey Deaver
Improbable Cause, J. A. Jance
A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore (His best yet. I laughed out loud again & again.)
Three from Marcia Muller's series about investigator Sharon McCone: Ask the Cards a Question; The Cheshire Cat's Eye; Games to Keep the Dark Away.
Two from the Mallory series by Carol O'Connell: The Man Who Cast Two Shadows; Killing Critics.

Also, Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, by June Casagrande. This book is wonderful. If you've ever tried to figure out the correct way to phrase a sentence, or whether or not you need a comma, if you love grammar & language (or if you've always hated it), this book is for you. It's a great reference book. Don't just read it, go buy it!


Currently open:
Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters, by Annie Dillard


In the stack:
(fiction)
Two more from Dianne Day: The Bohemian Murders; Emperor Norton's Ghost
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
A Song for Arbonne, Guy Gavriel Kay
Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
Winter's Child, Margaret Maron
His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik

(non-fiction)
This Common Ground, Scott Chaskey
Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: a brain surgeon exposes life on the inside, Katrina Firlik (this one already came home once. I made the mistake of trying to read it while eating. Ick.)
Crossing Open Ground, Barry Lopez
Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
The Design of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman
Desert Queen, Janet Wallach


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Oh, I loved A Dirty Job! I used to take it to work and sneak pages of it while I waited for my computer to complete tasks.
It was a lot of fun. It had me laughing again & again.