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Sep 3 2010

ShareReads: The Last List

by Lesley B

ShareReads appears on the DCPLive blog on Fridays. Each week, a different person will share a little about what they’re currently reading, and why they like or don’t like it. The heart of ShareReads will be responses from blog readers, and the window of opportunity here is wide. Feel free to respond and discuss the book or author being mentioned, ask or answer a question, or even take the conversation in a different direction: mention what you are currently reading, and how you feel about it. The point of ShareReads is to have an ongoing discussion about books and reading. Remember: posting a response also counts as an activity for the Summer Reading for Adults program.

Fellow readers, we’ve come to the end of ShareReads and the 2010 Adult Summer Reading Program. You’ve got until Monday, September 6, to turn in your entry and be eligible for the prize drawing – but you’ve got the rest of your life to read one or some or all of the books that were shared here this summer. That’s not one of those ‘before you die’ tasks. Let us not look at a list of books and think despairingly, “So many books! I’ll never have time!” Let us look at our list (or our Library) and think, in awe and delight,  “So many books! I’ll never run out!”

From all of us at Share Reads, our thanks and appreciation to everyone who shared a book this summer.  See you next year!

All the Books:

June 4 – Welcome to Share Reads!

  • Facing the Music, Harold Schonberg
  • Just Like Us, Helen Thorpe
  • Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb
  • Check the Technique, Brian Coleman
  • Slonimsky’s Book of Musical Anecdotes, Nicolas Slonimsky
  • The New York Times Essential Library: Classical Music, Allan Kozinn
  • 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die, Matthew Rye
  • The Good NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Opera, William Berger
  • Puccini Without Excuses, William Berger
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • Singin’ in the Come Back Choir, Bebe Campbell Moore
  • Joplin’s Ghost, Tanarive Due

June 11 – Beat The Reaper

  • Beat The Reaper, Josh Bazell
  • The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  • A Short History of the Long Ball, Justin Cronin
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
  • If Men Are Like Buses, Then How Do I Catch One?, Michelle McKinney Hammond
  • Left to Tell, Immaculee Illibagzia
  • A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
  • In the Landof Invisible Women, Qanta Ahmed

June 18 – Try a Local Author

  • Lost Laughs of 50s and 60s Television: 30 Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen, David Tucker
  • The Women Who Made Television Funny, David Tucker
  • Shirley Booth: a Biography and Career Record, David Tucker
  • Fifteen Years, Kendra Norman-Bellamy
  • Now I Sea!: Spiritual Life Lessons from the Sea, Jenny L. Cotes
  • Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, Brad Gooch
  • Crackers, Roy Blount Jr.
  • Thunderland, Brandon Massey
  • Get Your Crochet On!, Afya Ibomu
  • Homeplace, Anne River Siddons
  • The Malignant Heart, Celestine Sibley

June 25 – Oldies But Goodies . . .

  • As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  • The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  • Jennie Gerhardt, Theodore Dreiser
  • Dodsworth, Sinclair Lewis
  • Hatter’s Castle, A.J. Cronin

July 2 – Slightly Strange

  • The City & The City, China Mieville
  • The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead
  • The Stolen Child, Keith Donohue
  • Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges
  • Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Cory Doctorow
  • Tales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan
  • Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde

July 9 – Find a New Favorite!

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
  • The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
  • Gourmet Rhapsody, Muriel Barbery
  • Edisto, Padgett Powell
  • The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Wonder When You’ll Miss Me, Amanda Davis
  • Stay A Little Longer, Dorothy Garlock

July 16 – Chemical Concerns

  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck, Rick Smith
  • Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
  • An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • The World Without Us, Alan Weisman

July 23 – A Vote for Arthur and George

  • Arthur and George, Julian Barnes
  • The Skinner, Neal Asher
  • The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
  • Discovery!, Brian Fagan

July 30 – Try It, You’ll Like It

  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  • A Sudden, Fearful Death, Anne Perry
  • Love the One You’re With, Emily Giffin
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

August 6 – Yum!

  • My Life in France, Julia Child
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child

August 13 – Disturbingly Good

  • Geek Love, Katharine Dunn
  • Train, Pete Dexter
  • The Shining, Stephen King
  • World War Z, Max Brooks
  • 2666, Roberto Bolano

August 20 – Bugged Out

  • Broadsides from the Other Orders: A Book of Bugs, Sue Hubbell
  • A Book of Bees . . . And How to Keep Them, Sue Hubbell
  • A Country Year: Living the Questions, Sue Hubbell
  • Waiting for Aphrodite: Journeys Into the Time Before Bones, Sue Hubbell
  • Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels, Jane Lidz
  • The Earth Moved, Amy Stewart
  • Wicked Plants, Amy Stewart

August 27 – You Will Totally Love This Book! NOT!!

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  • Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  • A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  • Absurdistan, Gary Shytengart
  • Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
  • Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
  • The Shack, William P. Young
  • Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  • Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  • The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

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