Sunday, May 8, 2011

TSS: One Book, Two Book, Three Book, Four... and Five

Happy Mother's Day! Our day is packed with activities, and since there's no time for a normal Sunday Salon post, I'll borrow the meme Simon shared on Friday.

1. The book(s) I'm currently reading:


I've been on a Richard Yates kick lately and this biography by Blake Bailey is fantastic. I started Little Boy Lost yesterday, too.

2. The last book I finished:

The Report by Jessica Francis Kane - my review is here.


3. The next book I want to read:
This is the hard one... will it be one from my London pile,
 or a classic,
 or perhaps one from the shelf?


4. The last book(s) I bought:
The library in Sanibel has an on-going book sale room.  I purchased these two for three dollars.

5. The last book I was given:
See number two above... it came from a fellow book blogger (thanks again, Lynne!).

Let me know if you decide to play along with One Book, Two Book. Simon is collecting links, too.

29 comments:

  1. Happy Mother's Day! The Children's Book leaps out at me from all of these. Such a wonderful book, and well worth the long read.

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  2. Wow -you've got STACKS of lovely books to choose from there.

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  3. Half of a Yellow Sun is my favourite book of this year so far. I hope you enjoy it :)

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  4. I am drooling over your London book pile!

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  5. Great post!
    I hope you like Little Boy Lost. I read (& reviewed) it a few months ago and loved it.

    Tough choices for picking your next read....you have many books that are also on my shelf or on my tbr list. I especially want to read the last 2 you bought, Half a Yellow Sun and The Weismann's of Westport.
    You have some wonderful Persephone books, too!
    How exciting!

    Enjoy, JoAnn!
    Happy Mother's day.

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  6. Frances - I HAD to buy a paperback copy of The Children's Book when we were in London...don't care for the US cover at all. Seems like it would be a good summer read.

    Verity - It's a nice to have a selection to choose from, but too many choices can get overwhelming... need to keep within the happy medium.

    Tiny Library - I've been waiting for a reasonably priced copy to cross my path for quite a while... was thrilled to find it in Florida!

    Reviewsbylola - LOL! That is my most comforting pile of books :-)

    Amy - I've only read the first 30 pages or so, but loved Little Boy Lost instantly. My Sanibel finds made me very happy - think I'll reread Sense & Sensibility before The Three W's of Westport.

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  7. Oh, such problems to have, right? I don't think I've read any of them, but I think if my arm were twisted I could come up with a few I'd read!

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  8. So many great books to pick from, no wonder you can't decide! I'll echo Frances and suggest The Children's Book, though. Definitely worth the time investment.

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  9. What a bounty to choose from for your next book! And makes me realise I must read more Whipple...

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  10. Beautiful stacks of books! I vote for THE SPACE BETWEEN US from your shelves :)

    (p.s. it's nice to see a sunny header photo ... spring is here!)

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  11. We truly have similar taste in books. Nice stacks there JoAnn.

    BTW...Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my Mother's Day post. I appreciate it. Hoping your day was special as well.

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  12. What a nice dilemma you have. So many nice choices. I like those nice gray books from London. One of those would be my choice.

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  13. LOL! I was going to join in on this meme last night but couldn't come to a definitive conclusion about my next read. Good for you, you left it wide open!

    I really hope you love Little Boy Lost as much as I did, the ending blew me away.

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  14. All of your piles look lovely..have fun choosing!!

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  15. Oh, I was going to say The Children's Book but then I saw The Makioka Sisters. I think you would really like that one.

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  16. Lovely, lovely books . . . too difficult to choose!

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  17. You have some awesome choices here! Little Boy Lost sounds good!

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  18. Happy Belated Mother's Day JoAnn. I read Half of a Yellow Sun a while back and I just loved that book. It's hard to pick when there is so much to choose from to read.

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  19. Lots of lovely books to chose from.

    I played along this week. Good way of focussing ones mind!

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  20. Happy Mother's Day!

    I see the Space Between Us on your shelf and heartily recommend it - it is great!

    I love the new picture of the lake, btw - the colors of the sky are beautiful!

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  21. Sandy - I'll bet you've read at least a couple of these.

    Nymeth - I've never read Byatt, so I'm looking forward to The Children's Book.

    Simon - I loved Someone at a Distance, but Whipple is unbelievably hard to find in the US. I seized the opportunity to stock up :-)

    Dawn - I'm hoping to get my book club to read The Space Between Us. Maybe I could sell it better if I read it first!

    Diane - Our tastes seem very similar - that's just one reason I value your opinion;-)

    Margot - Oh yes, those nice grey books. I love them!

    Darlene - I know the photos of multiple books were cheating a bit, but I seriously have no idea what my next book will be.

    Staci - You can be sure I will!

    Gavin - My mother just read The Makioka Sisters and is recommending that one, too.

    Beth F - It IS hard to choose when there are so many great books in the stack.

    Sheila - I'm loving Little Boy Lost so far.

    Darlene - There have been so many great reviews of Half a Yellow Sun over the past couple years. I just knew a copy would come my way eventually. I'm hoping my book club will read it!

    josbookjourney - This is such a fun meme! I'll be over to see your answers, too.

    Booksnyc - The Space Between Us is a book I bought hoping my book club would select it. I'll still read it even if it's not chosen, then I can lobby even harder.

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  22. Wow, lots of great choices! I can recommend Love in a Cold Climate; The Belly of Paris; and The Priory. All great, great books.

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  23. Karen K - Almost too many good choices! I bought The Belly of Paris last year, and I feel a Zola mood coming on soon...

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  24. Ye gadz your London pile gives you some wonderful things to choose from. I love love love the Whipple short stories but I just finished They Were Sisters today and I think it may have bumped the short stories form their top spot as my favorite Whipple. Then again I really liked the Priory as well. And Some Tame Gazelle is my favorite Pym. Can't wait to hear what you have to say about all of those.

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  25. Thomas - What I really need to do is take the whole stack and head to an island off the coast of Maine ;-)

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  26. Washington Square is on my shelf waiting to be read and its length looks tempting right now! Hope you had a great Mother's Day :)

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  27. Stacybuckeye - I really liked the other James novels I've read, so bought this at out Border's store closing sale. Hope to get to it soon.

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  28. If I can steal some more moments I might do this for tomorrow since I have noooooooooothing bookish to write about as of late. ;)

    I just got a Persephone catalogue in the mail. Have you read any of their books that you'd recommend. Really want to get a couple but have no idea where to start!

    Enjoy Half of a Yellow Sun. Beautifully written.

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  29. Trish - I don't think you can go wrong with anything in the Persephone catalog! Some of my favorites have been Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, The Home-Maker, and Someone at a Distance. My tbr pile is stocked with several more after our trip to London.. can't wait to get to them all! Will look forward to your One Book, Two Book post.

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