Thursday, September 3, 2009

Size Matters

This week's Booking Through Thursday questions asks:
What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently? (Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)
I have a couple of "big" books I can think of that I read recently: Big Book: Underworld by Don DeLillo (At 850+ pages, this one is a doorstop; reviewed here.) Big Deal: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (This book is not only a chunkster, it was hugely popular when I was in high school. I missed it back then, which is too bad, because I don't think it packs the same wallop as an adult.) Big Ideas: The Fixer by Bernard Malamud (Not an easy book, but one I will think about for a long time; reviewed here.) Big Favorite: Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey (An Oregon classic and new personal best.) .


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Challenge Update: The Spice of Life Challenge

. I love the Spice of Life challenge. This is one that will be easy to finish by the end of the year, because I had already planned to read these books. So far, I finished my non-fiction book: Au Revoir to All That by Michael Steinberger. My review is posted in the current edition of the Internet Review of Books. I am halfway through with my cookbook choice: The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins (which overlaps with my "silver" choice for the Colorful Reading Challenge). It is tremendously fun to read this book, although it makes me almost maudlin with nostalgia. I started my fiction choice this week: The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. I really enjoyed her novel, Lost in Translation, and sinking deep into this one already. And, finally, I am going to get to my "memoir/essays" pick soon: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. I must read this before I see the movie. This is one challenge that is going by too fast. I think I should have signed up for the eight course "feast" version. Hopefully, Rebecca will host this again next year and I will be a glutton! .


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