June 13th, 2013 by Jan

I like to read in bed and last night I noticed, that on the bedside table I have seven books going.

The last book I read without interruption was The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. It was fantastic. I recommend whole heartedly, it has a place on my top 10 lists of best reads ever.

Since finishing that book though, I’ve started and stopped reading several books.  None has caught me in the same way and I tend to wander in my concentration. Hence seven books on the bedside table.

Ken and I gave away at least 12 boxes of books when we thought we were moving. Now that we aren’t going anywhere, any time soon, I bought a box of books for $2. at the library book sale, and now I have a plethora of topics to choose from.

Right now I am reading:

The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet. This is an adventure book written by a woman in the 1920s who after her husband died, packed up her five kids and spent each summer on a small boat, exploring the BC coastline. She describes the sights, flora and fauna very well, but I wish she told us more about herself and how everyone spends their day together on a small boat. I am more interested in relationships than of places it seems. Still, she writes well, so I sally forth.

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne. I just started this book and I know I am going to love it. A six foot seven, 270 pound librarian, with Tourette Syndrome, in Salt Lake City telling me about his day on the job. My kind of book for sure.

Clean by David Sheff. Heavy, personal, and educational on the topic of addiction. I like how Mr. Sheff speaks of addictions as preventable and treatable. His point of view is that of a father of an addicted child. Powerful and boring. Powerful when he writes about his relationships, boring (to me) when it gets technical. Surprise!

All the Anxious Girls on Earth by Zsuzsi Gartner. This is a collection of short stories. I like having a book of short stories on hand. Less commitment on my part with a good sense of completion. Pondering encouraged.

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan. I’ve started this novel so many times and don’t seem to get anywhere with it. I’ll probably put this one aside soon enough, or keep it in the stack and maybe one day get into it, or not.

You and Your Future by Georgia Nichols. Georgia Nichols is the writer of the horoscope I read each day. I got this book at the library book sale and will only read the Taurus and Leo chapters.

How about you? What are you reading besides this post?

5 thoughts on “somanybookssolittletime

  1. Kathy

    Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood ~ for the 2nd or 3rd time. Once done will re-watch the movie. I very seldom set out to read a book that instructs me in any way. I tend to be drawn to stories and within those stories I often am taught wonderful lessons without realizing it. I am also guilty of the exquisite pleasure of re-reading a favourite many times over. I love returning to old friends and familiar places. Two winners in that category: Mrs. Mike and The Outsiders ~ have read both a minimum of 12 times.

  2. Laura B

    Just finished Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver. I thought it was “only” about one thing, but by the end I realized it was an allegory, and really was about everything. I like those kinds of endings.

    Also, the 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene. Just started it, very interesting and disconcerting because I want to argue with him all the time. I like reading something that really challenges me.

    And, The Cure for Everything! by Timothy Caulfield. I just picked this up and haven’t started it yet. Just liked the title.

  3. Ken

    “The History of Gold-An obsession”
    “Salt”. About salt, it’s history, value, etc.
    Next I’m going to read about dirt, then water, then air, then………

  4. Jim

    The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts, by Issai Chozanshi. And about to pick up How to Fix Your $%*&# Sliding Glass Door, by Tearing My Hair Out.

  5. Mo

    THE CAT’S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje who wrote THE ENGLISH PATIENT. I was reluctant to start this book – thought it might be as boring as THE ENGLISH PATIENT which I did not read but suffered through the movie thinking this has go to get better.
    Well I was in for a treat, It’s the story of 3 12-13 year boys who travel from Sri Lanka to London, basically unsupervised, on a passenger ship in 1954. At one point in the book, Horseshoe Bay and Bowen Island are mentioned.
    I am so grateful to have a sister who loves to read and gifts me with most of her finished books. She’s opened my eyes to lots of new (to me) writers.


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