Monday, January 9, 2012

It's Monday....

....What are you Reading?




A weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey,  It's Monday, what are you Reading is a fun way to get info on new and old books you might want to read yourself!






I am in the middle of two books right now.

I am reading  "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen  Chbosky, for one of my book clubs.



Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.


It's an interesting read...and by that I mean,  I'm not sure about it yet.  I just started last night, but am about 20% thru it, and it's good.... just....  I don't know.  I'll let you know when I finish. 
I'm pretty sure it's  a YA book, which I do love.  I have it on my Kindle, so I can't flip thru  (as easily as with a book) to find out info about it.  I'm reading 'blind' for my bookclub.  Ahhh....what faith I have in their choices!

I am also in the beginning of  "The Tiger's Wife" by Tea Obreht.




Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Téa Obreht, the youngest of The New Yorker’s twenty best American fiction writers under forty, has spun a timeless novel that will establish her as one of the most vibrant, original authors of her generation.


I'm really enjoying this one!

I'll be lucky to finish these two this week, as it's a big work week for me.

I'm sitting here drinking my coffee, writing up this post and listening to  "Pink Martini".  I've just discovered the group  Pink Martini.  Have you heard of them?      Last  Sunday  (the 1st), when I 'discovered' them....CBS Sunday Morning described them as,  "the best group, you've never heard of."  (altho they  have a huge following and are known world wide--I'm always the last to know these things)

They are my favorite thing to listen to right now...




from PANDORA:
The eclectic, acoustic-oriented sounds of Pink Martini have never been easy to categorize, but that hasn't prevented the Portland, OR-based band from acquiring a loyal, enthusiastic cult following. Some reviewers have considered Pink Martini to be a product of the neo-swing trend of the 1990s and have compared them to bands like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies; however, Pink Martini have a much broader range of influences. And while most of the neo-swing acts that emerged in the 1990s favored a combination of jump blues and early rock & roll -- sort of Louis Jordan and Big Joe Turner by way of Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry -- the diverse Pink Martini have offered a risk-taking blend of jazz (mainly swing), world music, cabaret, lounge, and 1940s-1950s film music. Pink Martini's influences are far-reaching, ranging from Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to French icon Edith Piaf to Latin greats such as Xavier Cugat, Beny Moré, and Tito Puente -- and a variety of world music has affected them, including French chanson, Afro-Cuban salsa, Argentinian tango, Brazilian samba and bossa nova, Italian folk, Greek rembetiko, Middle Eastern music, and Asian music. Impressively, Pink Martini's lead singer, China Forbes (b. April 29, 1970, Cambridge, MA), has performed in at least ten different languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Greek, Arabic, and Japanese. In 2004, Pink Martini founder/pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale (b. July 14, 1970, Oakland, CA) articulated the band's global outlook perfectly when he said: "I think it's important to be a citizen of the world as opposed to being a citizen of this particular country. Part of that means studying other people's languages."


I love music....

6 comments:

Irene said...

You are not the last to hear of the Pink Martini's. Thanks I'll go listen, both the books you are reading I happen to notice in the book store, but I can't buy or borrow anything until April 1st. So...

Ruby said...

Hi: I love Sunday Morning - but haven't seen it in awhile. I'm glad to hear the Obreht book is good - I've been hearing a lot about it. Pink Martini sounds great, thanks, Ruby

teresa said...

i felt the same way reading Wallflower, just never felt completely invested. i have heard that they're making a movie on that one.

thanks for the music recommendation. i love music too!

sadie607 said...

I've always wanted to read The Perks of being a Wallflower. Is this a book you own?

~~louise~~ said...

If I were a resolution making kinda gal, I would vow to read more this year...

I've had a the address for paperbackswap.com on my desk top for weeks. Perhaps you have inspired me to start somewhere.

Thanks for sharing, Debbie...Happy, Healthy New year to YOU!!!

Pierce said...

Two interesting books! I am on Game of Thrones (book 1) and Waitress. Wait, we're buddies on Goodreads...(off to check our books out)

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