I just ordered a plethora of books. I’m finding right now in this adventure of maternity leave-hood (though it’s quickly coming to a close), I’d much rather have a book to my side and be tempted to read that than be tempted to scroll Facebook. Again. Having just finished reading my father-in-law’s new book a few minutes ago, and the Audible book I’ve been sitting with for way too long this afternoon, I’m itching for more. So, while some of the books have a rhyme and reason to them, others are the most random of finds – which sometimes end up being the best of reading sitch-e-ations.
Anyone want to join me for an in-person or virtual book club?
1. Humboldt’s Gift. I trust anything my friend Mindy recommends, and as this filtered through her Facebook musings this past week, I’m in.
2. Unbroken. I think the book club I was supposed to be a part of this past year read it, but two people gave it the thumb’s up on my friend Holly’s “what should I read?” inquiry. On Facebook. I swear I believe there’s more to life than status updates and pushing the “like” button.
3. Heaven is for Real. Okay, I’ll be honest, this has the immediate potential to be the cheesiest find ever. But I’m curious, and that hasn’t stopped this George yet.
4. Why We Get Fat. Since visions of baby fat and too many justifying I’m-breastfeeding-so-I’m-burning-600-calories-a-day meals have coincided with this upcoming reality, seeing this recommendation on Audible’s “5 Star” recommendations struck a chord. I’m in.
Are we having fun yet?
5. Some Assembly Required. It’s true. Anne Lamott is shamelessly my wannabe author-idol, and seeing as the book came out six months ago and I still haven’t read it, it’s a must-do.
6. Fifty Shades of Grey. Has my credibility completely gone out the window? I know several friends who are completely boycotting the series, (as perhaps I should do as well…), but all the hype makes me want to read it even more. Just being honest here!
We’re so not even close to the end of the list – next up on the fall reading list: the five freebies from Paperback Swap! (It’s like the 1860’s barter system meets the internet era. Yum).
1. My Life in France. Julia Child: oh, there’s just something about this woman! Not only does she make me want to move to France, but she makes me want to cook with lots and lots of butter.
2. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Has anyone read this one? I’ve seen it floating around bookstores for years now, but still haven’t picked it up till now. Your thoughts?
3. 90 Minutes In Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life I guess I’m on a heaven kick, and/or on a kick to be potentially reading the cheesiest of books. [Side note: I love Jesus, I really do, and the good news is that I’ve fallen in love with the Bible more than ever. But I’ve also admittedly become more critical of Christian books as time’s gone on. I blame it on Fuller. Take it, along with the rest of this post, with a grain of salt.]
4. Word Freak : Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players I can’t wait to read this and begin to use needless verbiage in the context of a sentence.
5. Devil in the Details : Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood I love me a funny memoir – how will this one rate?
Finally, I ordered four books off Amazon for my next-to-last Fuller class (on Old Testament literature).
As these are all required readings, I don’t have a whole lot of thought on the above books – and since Master Chef is about to start, I’m afraid that wins out over analyzing these intellectual pursuits.
So, in-person book club – who’s it going to be? Virtual book-clubbers, join me! And otherwise, what would you recommend?0