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Subject: February challenge reading
Date Posted: 2/1/2012 10:46 PM ET
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What's everyone reading for February?

I'm really enjoying The Magicians (for the bonus/3-of-a-kind category)  and The Windup Girl (for the scifi challenge).

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 8:40 AM ET
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I'm still in the midst of January's book--Anita Brookner's Strangers. I love Brookner: her books are to be savored!


Date Posted: 2/4/2012 3:41 PM ET
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Back to the garden: a work having to do with gardens, the land or the environment:  Creatures of Accident by Wallace Arthur

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Date Posted: 2/4/2012 9:40 PM ET
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I just finished The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis.  It might be a stretch, but I'm counting it for the "Portrait of the Artist" category, since the main character is a budding writer.  This is the 6th book I've read by Martin Amis now, and I'm getting used to his dark, but lyrical style.  It's also interesting how he draws his characters.  They are often real jerks, but you can still sympathize with and understand them.  

Date Posted: 2/5/2012 1:50 PM ET
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For the category "out of the mouths of babes" I read, and thoroughly enjoyed , The Lightning Thief.

I first heard about this book (the first in a series) from a friend who had been a Classics major in college, and who sought out works of fiction based on the Greek myths. My friend is also an unrepentant YA reader, and has convinced me that YAs are not all just for a younger audience. This is an engaging and entertaining story about young Percy (short for Perseus) Jackson, a “half-blood” with one parent a Greek god and another parent a human. Like popcorn, reading this goes down very easy. 4 stars. Bonus to New Yorkers... if you go to the Metropolitan Museum, you can pick up a fun self guided walking tour called  "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" pointing out  the Met's art works featuring the Greek gods Percy meets. It's for kids but adults will have fun with it as well.

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Subject: February Challenge
Date Posted: 2/15/2012 11:04 PM ET
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I recently finished Still Alice by Lisa Genova for my "of another mind" category.  I had trouble putting this one down.  The first person narrative and the rapid progression of the disease made for a rather frightening tale.  I will definitely read more of this author's work.

Date Posted: 2/17/2012 7:55 PM ET
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Mary B, I too could not put down Still Alice; by all means, get her new one, Left Neglected.  It's another one that is hard to put down.

Date Posted: 2/23/2012 9:16 AM ET
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It's taken me a while (I had to finish my 2011 challenge first), but I just finished Anita Brookner's Strangers. As I've posted before, I love Brookner: so moody.


Now I'm going to tackle Chris Bohjalian's The Night Strangers. Coincidentally, I'm also reading it for a book club I just joined. Bohjalian will be speaking in our city during April, so this particular book club is having its members read any of his works. Another book club I'm in will be discussing his Skeletons at the Feast. So I will be immersed in CB for the next several days.