Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday Thirteen # 74

Thirteen Books in my queue

These are books that I actually have in my possession which are awaiting their turn to be perused. When it gets cold and snowy, I have a tendency to hunker down with a book or a quilt to work on or something of that ilk. I usually read books about sunny, hot places in the winter but I don't have any of them in queue right now. Here are 13 of the many that are awaiting me:

1. Straight Man by Richard Russo. This was recommended to me by another faculty wife at the department holiday party. I liked his Empire Falls that we read for book club and this one has my head spinning. It also makes me wonder if this is what Friend Husband and I will be like in 5 or 10 years (it's about the department head of English at some little university and the whole academia waltz thing is mindboggling and hilarious). So far, Empire Falls is the better book, though.

2. Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair by Laurie Perry. Ok, before the eyebrows raise, this was written by the woman who writes Crazy Aunt Purl, a blog that is on my SIR list. It's an interesting book so far but I can't read it when I eat (which is when I usually read) because it's new and doesn't belong to me or to the library, so I don't want to risk its getting messed up.

3. Snobs by Julian Fellowes. This was being read and enjoyed by Susan Wise Bauer, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

4. The Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanna Fluke. I've finished this but I haven't made all the recipes out of it that I want to. Yesterday I made the Cappucino Royales. They were enjoyed by most of the family but I thought they needed more coffee. Of course, then they probably wouldn't have tasted so like cappucino and wouldn't have been so much enjoyed by everyone else.

5. The Ultimate Doll's House Book by Faith Eaton and A Beginner's Guide to the Doll's House Hobby by Jean Nisbett. This whole thing with Rachel's doll house has the makings of a new obsession.

6. The Diary of Anne Frank. Mean mom that I am, I'm making Sarah and Rachel read this for school and I decided to read the "critical edition" myself. I haven't read this book in decades.

7. The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough. Making that list last week got me to thinking about other David McCullough books that I haven't read. Of course, you can't make a statement about how much you like his books if you haven't read all of them, right? Ha ha. Anyway, I read an interesting excerpt from a book about the Johnstown Flood many years ago (decades even) and I am wondering if this is the one.

8. Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued From the Holocaust by Maxine Rosenberg.

9. The Iliad by Homer

10. Mornings on Horseback again, by David McCullough. I really enjoyed Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris, although it was ponderous in parts. Theodore Roosevelt was such a person. They surely don't come like that anymore.

11. Tumbling Blocks by Earlene Fowler. Hooray! She's one of the authors whose books I read as soon as I can after they come out. Some of her books (I mentioned them in last week's TT) just have me bawling before the end. I don't anticipate that this would be one of them but I do have to say that I enjoy her depiction of relationships. I like her characters too, especially Benni Harper Ortiz and her family, but the relationships just really get me every time.

12. Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine & Leslie Meier. I've read food-related mysteries by all of these authors and when I saw this book on Amazon last week, I decided to see if our local library had it. It did and now it is in queue. I have to say this about Joanne Fluke's books. The recipes are marvelous. The family really likes it when I am reading her books because they know that cookies are coming shortly.

13. Thunderstruck by Eric Larson. I've enjoyed the last couple of books he's written for their lush depictions of life in another time. They are rather grim, as they describe death and destruction generally but the descriptions are so interesting that I can get past them.

So there you have it! What's on your winter reading list? Happy Thursday!

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Neen said...

I love to read. I am reading The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther right now and it is really good. I also got a bunch of Greek mythology books for Christmas that I cannot wait to start reading.

Sarai said...

The Iliad by Homer I loved that book everyone called me a Geek for reading it but wow did I love it. The diary of Anne Frank was very emotional for me so I don't think I could re-read it.
Great list!

acceptancewithjoy said...

You actually get the books on your list? I just put them on a list. The list is so long I won't ever be able to read it... where do you store all these books?

Marissa read the Iliad last year when we were studying Greek history and thought. I think she like the Odessey better.

Penelope Anne said...

You have some heavy reading in there. I also reread everything I assign the kids to read....which means I will be doing some reading of George Orwell 1984 soon.

Greatfullivin said...

You certainly have a long reading list, I hope winter doesn't last long enough to allow you to finish them all. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by!

xakara said...

It's sad but I'm not organized enough to know everything in my TBR pile at this point. I share my books with my Sweetie and our apartment is so small that they're everywhere. I'll have to pull everything out when start packing and make a list. Thanks for bringing it to mind. :)


Sandee (Comedy +) said...

You have some serious reading here. Homer? Wow, what a list. Very well done and I'm impressed. Have a great TT. :)

Harris Channing said...

That's quite a list! Good luck and happy reading.


Lori said...

Hmmm, I havent read any of those. Im more of a big time John Saul, VC Andrews fan. They sounds great though:) Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

Nicholas said...

I have two of those in my TBR list: Snobs, and Anne Frank (to read for a second time).

The Mama Bear said...

I have a silly award I created at my blog today, pop in and snatch it if you like....I figure my homeschooling cohorts will really understand it.