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Otto de Kat is new to me but it sounds quite interesting. I start to realize that Dutch literature, just like German literature is often about WWII.
I'm looking forward to Bomber. Thanks for the link. It should be very different from what we have read so far.
I haven't read Lennox but I think I have The Winter House. I always like the blurbs of her books.
I'm reading Louise Penny right now and really enjoy it a great deal.

Amritorupa Kanjilal

Hello Danielle,
You have a fantastic reading list. I've heard of Uninvited Guests but I haven't read it yet.
My reading list this month is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, and 1Q84 by Murakami.
Looking forward to your reviews on these. Liked your blog a lot and am following you now.
Please do visit my book blog, and if you like it, please follow!


Apart from the books in my reading project, I'm reading Olivia Laing 'To the River'. Is is about a journey along the river Ouse which was a source of inspiration for Virginia Woolf as well as the river where she drowned, about other authors for whom rivers are an inspiration, and a blend of history, literature and nature. Also in progress Donald Hall's White Apples and the Taste of Stone(poetry) and Unpacking the Boxes (memoir).


Ah, June is finally here. May seemed to zoom by at first but the final week or so just crept. I only have one book out from the library that I have to read right away and then there won't be anymore holds coming in for a little while which means I can breath freely for the moment and dive into a bunch of books that have grown into a pile on the table next to my reading chaise.


The Uninvited Guests is sitting on the 'Hold' shelf at the library for me; looking forward to it. I read The Winter House years ago and remember enjoying it. Julia sounds excellent; I will check the library for it, sometimes Canada gets the European titles before the US.


I'll be looking out for your review of Welty. I read The Optimist's Daughter a year or so ago, liked it but didn't love it, and couldn't understand her great reputation based on that novel. I've since read her stories and I can see that she is a wonderful writer.


Caroline--I'd not heard of de Kat before Iris mentioned him either, but I was happy I could get the the book even if I have to read it on a Kindle. I've also noticed that often a lot of translated literature is about the war--I suppose it is a popular subject to translate? I was hoping to find something contemporary but maybe the Nooteboom will work for that. I'm looking forward to reading Bomber--I've heard good things about Len Deighton as I think he writes thrillers/spy novels as well. I like Elizabeth Lennox--I sort of know what to expect with her books, but that's not always a bad thing at all. And I'd like to read Louise Penny, so I look forward to hearing what you think about her.

Amritorupa Kanjilal--Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll add you to my blogroll--will definitely by stopping by there as well! :) I'd like to read Wolf Hall this summer perhaps and eventually I need to read Murakami as well--not sure where to start with him, though. And sadly I have not yet read Philip Roth either--gaping holes it would seem--eek. I do have books by him on my reading pile--just need to find the time of course.

Catharina--Those all sound good. Is the Laing book sort of a nature book? I must look it up. I really need to try and read some poetry--I feel like I am missing out, but I am never sure how to approach it--that sounds very strange I'm sure. There are too many things I want to read--short stories being just ahead of poetry. More free time please.

Stefanie--Wow--only one library book out. That sounds so reasonable! Why can't I do that? I just brought home five library books (one being an ILL), and only brought One book back. There is obviously something wrong with my math here! Yes, the months are absolutely flying by--a little scary.

Cathy--I just finished the Sadie Jones this morning----you'll have to let me know what you think of it when you get to it. It was very quirky, but in a good way--not exactly what I expected but I haven't read her earlier books--just had an idea of what they were like. I'm thoroughly enjoying The Winter House and broke down and ordered another of her books to have on hand. One of her newer books. I've only just started the second chapter of Julia--I wish I had a paper book of it and didn't have to read it on a Kindle, but I should be happy I have a copy at all, right?! I think you do get European titles in Canada before we do--I need to remember that and order more often from Amazon in Canada--maybe the titles won't be embargoed like they are so often on the Book Depository. I'm always looking for book sources (naughty of me).

Nicola--I've only just today started the Welty--am about two chapters in, so it's a little too soon to tell yet what I think. It'll be interesting to see what I think--I've not heard any reviews really of this book. I only know she is someone who has been well regarded and who is someone I have wanted to read. I wonder if she is better known for her stories than novels? Though I think she wrote a fair number of both, right? I'll have to read up a bit more on her.


I love the cover of The Uninvited Guest.

I've got The Optimist's Daughter in my checked-out library stack as well. I thought about reading it awhile ago and Cornflower Books has picked this book for her June 2012 Book Group read as well. Seems like the reading universe is conspiring to have us all read it at once!


Along the River is more than a nature book although there's a lot of nature in it. It really is a mixture of nature and history and literature. I like her style, it is new. Maybe you could take a look at her website. There you can find quite a lot of essays she wrote for various newspapers.
I've sort of introduced you to Dutch poetry, wait and see!


Mona--Isn't that a great cover--it fits the story perfectly, too! I have wanted to read Eudora Welty for a while now, so this was just the little push I needed. I picked it up thanks to Cornflower, too. I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks about it.

Catharina--I've added it to my wishlist--it looks like it is due out here in September. It sounds very good, so I'll have to take a look at her website in the interim. That would be a good thing-I need to read poetry (can't even say *more* poetry since I read so little!!). I'm always trying to expand my horizons, so always feel free to share authors you like! :)

Buried In Print

I know what you mean about trying to figure out how to build on the experience of reading Madeline Miller's novel without stealing from it; I do want to read more novellas and novels surrounding those figures, because I feel as though that's how the other stories will really take root in my reader's brain, but I do want a bit of scholarly background too, and I don't want to get my wires crossed while it's all still fresh. Delicate balance!


I'm really intriguing by The Uninvited Guests and will be very interested to know what you thought of it. I'd also like to read Judith Lennox, and think I may actually have The Winter House - hmmm, tempting. I'm joining in the readalong for The Tea Lords by Hella Haase for Dutch Lit Month and have really enjoyed it so far. I'm so glad the planets aligned so you could get Julia!


Buried in Print--I'm not sure Achilles always has such a good representation in literature, yet in the Miller he is so likable, I'm afraid to read something similar too close to The Song of Achilles and ruin the image I have in mind--does that sound silly? What you mention--wanting scholarly background is what I'm hoping for by reading Hamilton, but I am very much interested in reading modern retellings as well--it is indeed a delicate balance. I will hopefully follow up with Homer--I guess you can't get more basic than that, right?

Litlove--I'm posting on the Jones tomorrow. It was an interesting read and will be curious now to read what others think of it. I'm thoroughly enjoying the Lennox--it's not a taxing read, but well done, if you know what I mean. I would have liked to have read the Haase--maybe I can get a Kindle copy like I did with Julia--will have to check that out. I'm zipping right along with Julia which is just as well since the Kindle I have borrowed is due on Friday.

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