Current Reads – 9/29/10

Lately I have been reading books one at a time.  Probably because I haven’t had that much time on my hands,  and it was all that I could do to finish one book as opposed to my usual of being in the midst of several.  But just give me a few days of rest, relaxation and some good food and I am back to my old habits.

Last week I traveled to Baltimore to attend The Baltimore Book Festival and spent five days hanging out, sightseeing and speaking on a panel on book blogging.  On the train rides there and back I found myself in the middle of a couple of books.

Doors Open, by Ian Rankin – I haven’t read any books by Ian Rankin before but I feel as though I have seen his name everywhere, and he seems to be well liked by other book bloggers.  Reading a post on the Reagan Arthur Books Blog in a series entitled Five Paintings in Edinburgh That Might Make Ian Rankin Pull Off A Heist, was the last thing to push me over into buying the book, which follows the story of three friends who decide that art need to be “liberated” from people and institutions that would hide it away from being shared with the public.Right away the reader is set up to root for the bad guys, but with the perspective of the investigating detective also on display, it will be interesting to see just where my loyalty will lie.

At The Dark End of The Street, by Danielle L. McGuire – I think I first heard of this book when doing an exhaustive catalog search of  books to cover for an upcoming podcast.  Rosa Parks is a fascinating figure, even when she is portrayed as the docile and upstanding society member who refused to give up her seat one afternoon.  She is even more fascinating as a radical civil rights activist and rape investigator who had been involved in the movement for years and knew exactly what she was doing.  I have hardly been able to put down this account of the reasons that it was necessary to recast her in such an unassuming light and to consider that the history we learn is always what is most acceptable for the time, and is rarely edited and widely disseminated when the needs of the story have been met.

1DA652C2516038AE4D02F55645591F39 Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

After I get through these I will be pretty much dedicating myself to some spooky reads.  Do you have any Halloweenish reading planned for the month of October?

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  1. I just attended the SIBA event in Daytona and loved it (hung out with some fabulous bloggers, including BermudaOnion!). I’m from Baltimore, so I was a little jealous to see all the excitement for this event — I would have loved to go to this one, too, if I still lived in the area!

    At the Dark End of the Street sounds absolutely riveting!

    And as far as spooky books, we’re into week 2 of the readalong for The Historian — I’ve read it before, and am loving it again five years later. LOVE IT!

  2. I’m not really a fan of Halloween. *gasp* I know, I know. So I probably won’t be reading anything scary this month, but I never know what I’m going to pick up next, either. And right now I’m in the midst of seven different books…so I should probably whittle that down before I start anything else. *grin*

  3. Two very different books and interesting one too! I hope you enjoy them both! For this whole month I am reading spooky short stories 😉 And also posting about them. Other than that I am taking part in the duelling monsters over at Jill’s Fizzy Thoughts, who is hosting it with Heather. They both are reading Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray! So that is what is planned for this month 🙂

  4. I was all over the spooky reads last year, but this year I am in a disorganized panic mode. Today, my goal is to get caught up with writing my posts. I only have two more books I “have” to read and review, then I’m headed off to Sandy-land.

  5. Just commenting to let you know I’m still alive more than anything, that I’m reading along and your scary books are too creepy for me! HA

    Glad to see you are super busy (better than bored right?).