What are you reading?


This week’s staff member is Maire from Francis Branch.

What is your favorite color?

Purple or gray.

What are you reading on your eReader?

This year seems to be the year of the 1,000+ page books for me, so I’m taking full advantage of reading them on my nook. I just finished Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. Right now I’m just past 100 pages into Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon. Once I’m done with that, I plan to start in on the Game of Thrones.

I’m also reading a foreigner in Japan memoir, but it’s a lot more than just that. The title is Hi! My Name is Loco and I Am a Racist. The author, Baye McNeil, bounces back and forth between his present experiences living in Japan, and his life growing up in Brooklyn. Along the way he details how he discovered that he was a racist and how to recognize prejudices.

What are you reading on your Phone?

I tend to stick to books with shorter page counts to read on my phone. It’s great for when your stuck in line at the store, or only have a few minutes during a break. I recently started The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. It’s a fun read, and I’ll probably finish out the series.

Not reading, but I’m finally getting around to listening to the Hunger Games.

What are you reading in your hand?

A book called Babel no More by Michael Erard. It’s half about language acquisition and half about how adults can overcome barriers to acquire another language more easily.

Anything else?

I read way too many blogs about just about everything.



  1. Maire, we have a lot of books in common right now. I’m listening to 1Q 84 on my ipod and have Game of Thrones next to listen to, I don’t have an e reader, but I read all of the Flavia DeLuce books and I love them! She is a great character and I want to be just like her when I grow up. I listened to the Hunger Games and can’t wait for the movie.
    thanks for the other suggestions,

  2. Flavia DeLuce is so much fun! I wish we had all her books in large print. We have two of the four.

  3. @Patrice, what do you think of 1Q84 so far?
    @elaine, they really are a lot of fun!

  4. Maire, thanks for mentioning my book! I hope you’re enjoying it –

    • @michael, thanks for writing it! If I’d known then what I know now, I definitely would have gone into linguistics. But for now, I’m enjoying it as a hobby. :)

  5. Eldridge Cleaver’s Target Zero is very cool. A posthumous collection of writings from throughout his life. It shows how much he moved away from his earlier violent comments towards women, thankfully. A lot of great stuff in it. For the most part as he got older he had the right idea.

    Previously, “lost in language & sound: or how i found my way to the arts” which is wonderful. By Ntozake Shange. Dancing words.

  6. Oh and from a few months ago but important as well as delightful, How Proust Can Change Your Life, by Alain de Botton. I didn’t know much about Proust beforehand so the whole thing was new to me. It was a fascinating book of wisdom that even made me laugh out loud a few times. Dude was more neurotic than Woody Allen.

  7. @john thanks for the title suggestions!

  8. Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

    I loved this. I’ll be returninhg my copy back in soon because it’s almost due. She has a way of looking at things that illuminates what you thought you’d already seen, but you soon realize you didn’t see it as well as she saw it. She brought new life to poems I’ve read a dozen times before.

    This is a fantastic first book. I look forward to her book on Haiti.

  9. Hi Loco!
    Thanks for the comment!
    Yes, I did enjoy it. I’ve only been to Tokyo as a tourist, but plenty of things rang true with my experiences. I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of friends over there, so I don’t stick out too much. (says the tall blonde 苦笑)

  10. Lol! Well, I’m glad you enjoyed it. If you have a sec could you please drop a review on amazon / goodreads? Would love to hear more bout your thoughts about the book and I’m sure other readers could benefit as well (-: thanks again for he shout

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