Hi, my name is Kathy, and I am a book hoarder.
There are piles and piles and piles of books all over my house. Many I have read, and many more I haven’t. Books from library sales. Books received as gifts. Books purchased because they’re classic. Books purchased because I’m sure they’ll be classic someday. Books in my office. Books on my nightstand. Books stacked in the room we’ll make into our library one day.
I have a problem and today I’m coming clean about my addiction.
Two bloggers I follow have recently written about the same problem. Both have decided not to purchase another book until their specific stack has been read. They didn’t know it, but it was a challenge directed right at me.
Girl, read these books instead of leaving them in stacks all over the house!
Here’s my list of twelve. Not another book purchased until these are completed.
Read Sara Bessey’s post – In which I have a (not so) serious problem.
Read Sarah Askin’s post – For the Infinite Collector of Books
I bought two books at full price, well Sam’s Club full price, but still. I NEVER buy books at full price. Why would I when the Barnes & Noble sale rack is always full, and there’s an amazing used book store in Nashville full of words, pages and books which I need? With these two I couldn’t wait.
Inferno by Dan Brown
Mr. Brown was on the Today show about six months ago talking about his new book. In my pre-coffee haze I missed the part where the book wasn’t out yet, so I had been looking for it on bookshelves since then. He appeared on the Today show again in early May with a release date for the new book. Finally! The book I’d been searching for was finally going to be available.
Dan Brown did not disappoint.
A virus threatened to be released on a global scale. Robert Langdon being chased after and shot at. Transhumanism. The World Health Organization. Art, literature, history and a handful of words I had to look up to be sure of the meaning.
To me it read like the first Bourne Identity book. Robert Langdon is unsure of who is chasing after him, why they’re chasing him and isn’t sure who he can trust. Short chapters and cliff hangers kept me reading till late in the night and all of the next day.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
I read Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns because Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant writer. Both were hard to read, but real and intriguing. I am drawn in by the descriptions of a culture completely foreign to me. I will read anything he writes.
And the Mountains Echoed is another piece of Mr. Hosseini’s brilliance. The story follows the consequences of choices made. Choices which reach out and touch a number of families and cities around the globe. Choices which echo into the past and into the future.
Another book for which I ignored my life until I had taken in every word. It left me in tears at the beauty and heartbreak represented.
How do your reading habits go? All in all the time? Or, like me, in spurts where at times the words can’t seem to come fast enough and then other times, its torture to get through a few simple pages? Right now, I’m stuck and can’t seem to get past the first 50 or 60 pages of any book.
I started “The Odds” by Stewart O’Nan awhile ago. About a couple whose marriage is ending, and they are taking one last hurrah together, he hopeful, she appeasing. Their communication is awful and both are keeping big secrets from each other. They both bugged me. Each page was a struggle for me, and I realized I didn’t care what happened. I put it down and haven’t picked it up again.
“Love Lucy” by Lucille Ball. I loved the preface written by her daughter, Lucie Arnaz, how they found the book and what it meant to her and family to have Lucy’s perspective. I did start the book and have gone from her birth through early adulthood. I think once I’m out of my slump, I’ll be able to finish this quickly.
“The Casual Vacancy” by JK Rowling. (I’m about a chapter and a half in.) I’m not crazy about some of her language (she’s on par with Stephen King for using the F word), and I feel like I’m going to need a graph or flow chart to keep up with all the characters. I will finish this book, but when?
After attending the Southern Festival of Books last weekend, I have a long list of books to pick up and read. The couple I’m most excited about are:
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
A Hundred Flowers – Gail Tuskiyama
The Great Unexpected – Sharon Creech
A few great finds:
I’m in LOVE with this Tumbler Blog – The Life of a Book Junky
I am NOT a daredevil, so this leaves me with a bit of awe – Daredevils Swim up to Molten Lava
Is Facebook fun for you? – Hollywood Housewife with Don’t tell me how to use Facebook
Are you comparing yourself to others? – (in)courage with Ungodly Comparison
In honor of NY Fashion Week, a little look at Stockholm Street Style
Since Fall is almost upon us, I’m starting to think about comfort foods. This is a favorite in our house – Creamy, Light Mac N Cheese
Are you addicted to Downton Abbey like I am? Here’s the teaser for Season 3.