Saturday, November 05, 2016

The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge: Your September-October Choices

It's time for you Bitches to have your say.



Tell us what you've been reading during the months of September and October for The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge.

35 comments:

  1. Currently reading this how-to book.

    Did I win yet?

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  2. Robin Hobb is a fantasy author whose work I admire. I had read a trilogy of hers called the Rain Wild Chronicle and then went back and read an earlier one called the Liveship Traders. So I've read A LOT of Hobbs and out of order to boot.

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    1. PEENEE: You read series out of order?

      *gasps*

      The Mistress would become hopelessly confused.

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  3. Frankie Foulbowel's Bedtime Stories For Adults. I read it in bed the other last night, I laughed so much I woke the maid up in the room next to mine, I heard the cloppering sound of a glass being positioned on the partition wall, she was listening in to see if I had a man in there. Midweek! The chance would be a fine thing.

    'So, what else have you been reading?' I hear you ask.

    Mrs Brown's Family Handbook and How It Works annuals, all very highbrow.

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    1. MITZI: Mrs. Brown is as highbrow as I go.

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  4. I have read Number 11 by Jonathan Coe AND The History of Us by Jonathan Harvey [I am working through authors called Jonathan]. Both reference the internet.... I've also been watching Black Mirror on Netflix, so it seems I have been enjoying tales about our online existence.
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    1. Jonathans of the World unite! I haven't even started Mr Harvey's "The Girl Who Just Appeared" yet, but I loved his "All She Wants" and "The Confusion of Karen Carpenter"... Jx

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    2. MISS SCARLET: This line from a Guardian review has just sold me on Jonathan Coe’s “Number 11”…

      a Romanian migrant, who makes a living walking the dogs of London’s super rich, finishes off assorted Winshaws by turning into a giant spider and dragging their bodies to the excavated basement of a Knightsbridge mansion.

      JON: Jonathan Harvey is a must-read/must-watch writer.

      Novels, theatre, film and TV … he does it all and he does it all superbly.

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    3. Jonathan Harvey is now on my 'I am going to read everything by this author' list. Jonathan Coe has been on this list for many years.
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    4. Miss Scarlet, did you know that Jon met Jonathan Harvey? I fainted from envy.

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    5. Oh my word! I would be a gibbering wreck if I met any of my favourite authors and wouldn't be able to form a coherent sentence. I am in awe of them.
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    6. I've met quite a few authors and other stars (Andy Bell, Fenella Fielding, Adele Anderson, Molly Parkin, Penny Arcade et al) over the years, courtesy of Polari - but Mr Harvey is one of the most down-to-earth of all. Lovely chap! Jx

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    7. JON: Nice photo of you with Jonathan Harvey.

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  5. Will need a few more days to get the report out...

    As for the cruising book, where exactly is that port of call? It doesn't seem like it's on the usual cruise ship routes. Which cruise line is offering that particular port, & what sights & activities can we expect there?

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    1. EROS: Have you heard of the good ship Normadesmond?

      Coming soon to a port near you.

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  6. I have been reading books by some of my very favourite authors over the last couple of months: Christopher L.Bennett, Una McCormack and Becky Chambers.
    I have also perused some books from over the Cusp...

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    1. MR. DeVICE: The Stainless Steel Enema and other short stories?

      *shudders*

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  7. I'm reading and re-reading Neil Gaiman.Currently his "Trigger Warning" series of short stories. And some no=brainers to fall asleep with.A couple of rather long Californian cops-and-baddies things by ...hang on while I check!...Michael Connelly.And I want to re-read Gaiman's "American Gods" before the tv series reaches us in this outpost of empire.

    And the 2 Jonathans have been added to the list.

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    1. DINAHMOW: There’s an abundance of Jonathan authors to choose from:

      Jonathan Harvey, Jonathan Coe, Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Swift, Jonathan Irving and Jonathan Kellerman, to name but a few.

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    1. No problem Mistress. But do I understand ?

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    2. MAGO: The Mistress is speaking in tongues.

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  9. Jump on a ship and go to Venice : mostra.

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  10. i read very slowly, only a few pages a night, so i don't get thru many books.

    West of Eden- Jean Stein (had hoped it would've been better)

    Pastrami on Rye- An Overstuffed history of the Jewish Deli (at times it was fascinating)

    War Paint- Madame Helena Rubenstein & Miss Elizabeth Arden, Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry
    (A lot of the back story wasn't very riveting, but it did do the trick. Reading it was prep for seeing the new musical [based on this book] in its out-of-town tryout. Adored the show)

    American Heiress- Jeffrey Toobin (I've almost read a third of it. I think it will get better when the trial starts. Saw Toobin speak about this & even got to throw my 2 cents in with regard to Kathleen Soliah aka Sarah Jane Olson. Soliah lives somewhere not far from me & I see her at the supermarket. Briefly spoke to her before she went to prison, only to tell her that I'd bought HER book, Serving Time, a cookbook)

    Avid Reader- Robert Gottlieb (A memoir from the editor of The New Yorker & his days in publishing.)

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    1. NORMA: You’ve read more in the past two months than all the rest of the year! You’re on a reading roll, Norma.

      Interesting list of books, a couple of which The Mistress has read also.

      The Mistress would like to peruse your bookshelves.

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    2. oops, that list most of the entire year.
      guess i don't read as well as i used to.

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  11. kabuki has been reading The Man who Told the World. And giggling. And of course, microwave instructions - because no one wants to eat hot lava.

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    1. kabuki zero: The Man Who Told the World has been updated after 3 years of waiting and pining.

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  12. I've not read a book since August 2015... Does that count?

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    1. PRINNY: You’ve been too busy reading sewing patterns.

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