Sunday, February 15, 2009

Soul & Romance

Soul by Tobsha Learner
One of the books I just finished. Interesting idea. Parallel stories of Julia and her ancestor Lavinia who both find themselves abandoned by the men that they adore. Booklist calls it a steamy page turner. Not my usual cup of tea, but it was good, and it was new fiction, which I had vowed to read more of this year.

I saw a report on personalized romance novels on The Today Show last week. One couple had honeymooned in Pittsburgh, but were discussing in detail their book version honeymoon in the Caribbean. The husband had ordered a romance novel by filling out a questionnaire for the authors but requested the locale for the honeymoon be changed. They put together a book which his wife reads over and over again.


Anonymous said...

Hi Avid...don't watch the telly anymore, so didn't see this one. But a honey-moon in PITTSBURGH! Don't know if it's changed much since I've been there. I can see why they opted for the change in venue. St.Croix would've been a good choice.

Anonymous said...

Hi Avid- just left a comment on your previous post about the book club :)

e said...

That's a cool idea about the book! I won't see much television after the 17th as my converter box only picks up two stations, neither of which I watch. I will miss PBS, but hey, more time to read and learn how to use my camera.

Anonymous said...

to e : how lovely to live without TV- I did it for a year when my kids were young and it was bliss. We talked to each other instead!

Avid: just to say- further discussion on the book club over at subtorp's:)

Anonymous said...

but in case you don't get a chance to go over to subtorp's, here is my suggestion after thinking about it for a bit...

Read one-a month

Select 12 books for the coming year

Post all 12 books for the year in a blog roll on the site, so that people can see what is coming up.

read 'January's' book in January (for instance), then discuss it by posting on the first Saturday in the next month.

By reading one a month, this would leave time for each person to read other things and give us slower readers a chance...or...

for those of you who are very AVID(!) readers...

you could have 2 systems going- a-one-a-week AND a-one-a-month ???

Just some ideas...

Anonymous said...

and links to amazon or other second-hand book-sellers to source the books?

ReversedCircle said...

Question: How do you find good books from new young talent and manage to get quality? Are you affiliated with any networks or book clubs?

--response to comment: In his case, no standard at all. Ha.

Avid Reader said...

I don't want to recommend a book for the group, as I have access to bookshops and 2 libraries within walking distance.

If we have to order books thru our library systems that can take a week or so, I think 12 books a year with a pre-established list would be good way to go

tut-tut said...

I'm wiped out from driving . . . Luckily I ate at a restaurant last night that had photos of the food. It was most helpful in my catatonic state. L was my valentine's date.

Squirrel said...

Tut Tut is back!

e said...

I'm glad you and L made it back safely, Tut-Tut. Your daughter is very pretty. I was also my mother's Valentine's date a time or two...

I hope you can rest up today.

Hi Avid!

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)