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Sep. 5th, 2014 03:24 am
taelle: (cosy)
I swear there should be a day of the week called 'Approximate Wednesday', for me to post my reading lists.
Then again, since I work at home and frequently work through weekends... let's say it's not approximate Wednesday, it's a relative one (Wednesday in Japanese seems to be 'Water day' judging by kanji, which makes me want to interpret 'Wednes' as 'Wetness', even though I know it's not so).

Anyway. I finished Klemperer's LTI, which was scary both on the level of 'I did not know this part of history' (seriously, I somehow thought all Jews in Nazi Germany went to camps. I knew of ghettos, of course, but only related them to occupied territories) and on the level of 'this reminds me of what's happening now'.

I also finished Boris Pasternak's 1905/Lieutenant Schmidt poems. Of which I previously have read only the first one, and I still like it better. But I now kind of want to read stuff about Schmidt now.

I am reading a bunch of stuff simultaneously, which is what usually happens when I feel jumpy and tired (well, more than 3 books is what happens when I am tired - 3 is normal); most of these, I think, I have mentioned already - the Poland history guide, the lesbian Pride and Prejudice, the next October Daye book (the 5th one). I also started a bunch of new stuff - Ernest Gellner's Nations and Nationalism, Yamaori Tetsuo's book about face in Japanese culture, Paolo Virno's book on multitudes (my sister gave it to me last New Year, but it seems strangely appropriate right now. Then again, everything seems strangely appropriate right now).

I don't think I will be up for making reading plans until I finish at least something.
taelle: (sad)
I am still at October Daye books. I am definitely reading fanfics after I am done with the books, because _more_ bad things continue to happen to Toby. No, this is not exhaustingly grim: she has support and friendship, but I feel the need for in-between moments. The time when they all had a picnic instead of trying to get killed.
Very readable though. Especially now that it started to seem that there's an overarching plot.

I am also reading a lesbian romance by Karin Kallmaker called Just Like That which is basically a lesbian version of Pride and Prejudice. It keeps amusing me. I needed something amusing between October Daye and the Klemperer book which I'm still at, and the Polish history guide, which is interesting but not gripping and certainly not sunshine-y.
taelle: (books)
Have read:

The Body in the Fjord, one of Catherine Hall Page's Faith Fairchild mysteries - this one featuring mostly her friend Pix Miller and Pix's mother, travelling in Norway and trying to find a girl who has disappeared. Left me wanting to go to Norway and to eat a lot of Norway foods.

A Charm of Magpies by K.J. Charles, a m/m romance/urban fantasy series set in AU Victoriana with magic. Very nice, plotty and readable.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison - loved it for a lot of reasons, including characters I would have liked to meet and background suggestions of culture (really loved the party with talking about philology and embroidery).

Am reading:

The Emperor's Agent by Jo Graham, much recommended - not sure what I think yet (I'm about 40 pages in). I am wary of 1st person books, but I have not felt like throwing it away by now.

Edo Culture by Nishiyama Matsunosuke - a collection of writings about urban culture in 17-19th century Japan, a lot of interesting stuff (especially about cooking and restaurants).

LTI - Lingua Tertii Imperii by Victor Klemperer, a collection of notes on the language of the Nazi Germany interspersed with diary entries of the author, a Jew who was not sent to camps because of his 'Aryan' wife. With lots of predictably horrible details - I read about camps, but many details of everyday humiliations and terror for not-imprisoned Jews were news to me. The most horrifying, though, are the moments where he describes his former colleagues becoming Nazi. Also, this is all rather frightening in connection with our current situation.

Two Caskets, Made of Turquoise and Jade, by Alexander Sekackii - the author states he's only a translator from Chinese, and this book is a collection of crib notes for medieval Chinese officials taking exams. An interesting approach to parables, sort of giving two to four versions of answers to set problems - that is, ways of seeing every parable from different sides.

Am going to read:

Don't know, but I am thinking about October Daye books by Seanan McGuire


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