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#Read26Indy – 1st Quarter Report

March 31, 2014 by Reader's Connection

I signed on to #Read26Indy back in January, pledging to read 26 books this year. Here’s a report of my progress during this 1st quarter.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage  by Ann Patchett

Also in this collection of essays: the story of Patchett’s first marriage and divorce, the story about her bookstore in Nashville, the story about her dog, the story about the nuns who helped her grow up . . .

Vienna,  by Eva Menasse. If you click and read the blog post, one of three that I devoted to our One Book, Two Cities selection, I need to apologize for the fact that Studiocanal has shut down the YouTube excerpt from The Third Man.

I’m currently listening to my beloved recording of Bach’s Matthew Passion, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting the Concentus Musicus Wien. So there’s another link to that city.

Horse Heaven, by Jane Smiley. This blog post was a Chinese New Year greeting, wishing everyone an auspicious Year of the Horse.
For better or worse, it was the launch of a series of posts that are in some way horse-related.

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832,  by Alan Taylor.

I left fifty pages of this wonderful book unread. Had to hurry on to the next blog post. Occupational hazard. BUT I have read at least that many pages of John Barth’s novel The Tidewater Tales, a novel set in the Chesapeake Bay area where much of Taylor’s history takes place. Taylor had me so fascinated with the Chesapeake that I had to read more about it.

Elegy Owed, by Bob Hicok

2 poems still available on this blog post. “Love” might make your day. “The days are getting longer” will seem like a strange title for an October poem, but that won’t be the only strange thing you encounter.

Manhattan Nocturne by Colin Harrison


I’m hoping that this will be the darkest horse-related post I do this year.

The Empty Chair  by Bruce Wagner

Did anyone read this book and feel that I had betrayed you?

If so, I’m sorry. Tried to warn you.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Pop quiz: How many species have gone extinct since I did this post last week?

It’s a trick question. Nobody knows.

So that’s 8 books during the 1st quarter of 2014. Makes me feel good, but some woman over on #Read26Indy has already read 36 books this year.



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