May 24, 2007

What are you reading?

What are you reading at the moment? Are you reading (or have you just read) any interesting book in English or in your own language? What is it about? Are you enjoying it? Tell us a little bit about it in our 'comments' area! Then we can make a list with our readers' suggestions. If you prefer, you can send us your post/message (platypusmail@gmail.com) to be published on the blog!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am reading (in Portuguese) a book that I recomend: "The kite Runner" (O Caçador de Pipas). It is about two boys that lived in Afeghanistan. It is a very beautifull and exciting story!
Daniela

Mônica Veado said...

Hi Dani! This book is really great, I started reading it during Christmas break and I simply couldn't put it down! The movie, directed by Marc Forster ('Finding Neverland', 'Stranger than Fiction') opens in November, I'm looking forward to it!

Barbara said...

I've read the book "Chocolate for a woman's heart". It has short stories about love and kindness. It's in English. I recommend it.

Barbi

Mary H said...

Hello Monica and students!

I'm reading a book called "Gentlemen and Players" by Joanne Harris. It a story about events at a boys' high school. Maybe you know this author because she also wrote the book "Chocolat" which was made into a very good movie too!

Also, my students and I are reading "The Little Prince". I really recommend this book to you. We're discussing it now at our
class blog
Keep reading and sharing!

fernanda said...

I just finished reading a book called O Número de Deus (El numero de Dios -Jose Luis Corral) but I don't think it was translated into English. It's a fictional story based on real facts around the construction of important Spanish cathedrals (Burgos, Leon)during medieval times. It's a good opportunity to learn about Spain's history.
Now I'm making a serious effort to read Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) which I borrowed from a friend who is a sci-fi fan and insists on trying to convert myself into one of them!

Mônica Veado said...

Hhmmm... two posts involving chocolate, I guess I should try those books! :-)
I love novels that mix fact and fiction, Fernanda, especially when they are set in the Middle Ages. Have you read Michael Crichton's 'Timeline"? Mary,'The Little Prince' brings back wonderful childhood memories... I and a couple of students are discussing Robert Bolt's play, 'A man for all seasons', which I definitely recommend for advanced groups.

Illya said...

Hi Monika and students
I've just read some very strange short stories from TC Boyle in a book called 'Tooth and Claw'. The strangest one was about a woman that wanted to understand dogs, so she began to run with the pack (a pack is what you call a bunch of dogs or wolves that stay together). It was called Dogology.

I've also found a great tool called librarything (www.librarythng.com). YOu can keep all the books you've read there and give them stars and comment on them , see who else has read them and what else they've read. And you can put it all on a blog too!
Maybe some of you will find this interesting!

Mônica Veado said...

Hi Illya, thanks for the great link to librarything! I'm a big fan of short stories, I've never read 'Tooth and Claw' - very suggestive title!

Mônica Veado said...

Hello again, Daniela, I found this interesting link to an interview with Khaled Hosseini, the author of "The Kite Runner". He's just released his second novel, "A Thousand Splendid Suns". Check it out!
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10302277

Fred said...

Hi everyone! I started reading a financial book in English called "Trading in The zone", by Mark Douglas. Although it is a very interesting book, we always find many technical words which forces us to check the dictionary over and over.

Mônica Veado said...

Hi Fred! Reading books is an excellent way of improving vocabulary and remembering words in context!

Ronaldo said...

Hi guys,

I am reading mostly technical books. I guess they are not relaxing reading at all! Not for me :)

So, I dont have much to suggest right now.

Ok! I sugest a blog on economics, held by Professor Afonso Ferreira, from Fundacao Joao Pinheiro/MG.

http://www.temaseconomia.blogspot.com/

Cheers, Ronaldo.

Ronaldo said...

Hi,

BTW: The blog I suggested is in Portuguese but there are many links to English articles!

Cheers, Ronaldo.

Mônica Veado said...

Hi Ronaldo, I guess the demands from your academic life are allowing you little time for 'fun reading', isn't it? I visited the blog you suggested and found an interesting NYT article on diet and economics! :-)
Hugs,
Mônica