Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Running Tally

I'm feeling very bookish lately. I mean, I usually like books, but lately with all the travel and audiobooks and sickies and reading with cats on couches, I'm just feeling very booky. Blogspot doesn't really let you have pages or links or anything like some other blog hosts do. So I'm creating this post to serve as a list holder (did I mention I like lists?) for our favorite favorite books. We're book people, you're book people, it's like my little book journal Books to Check Out, but digital! How fun! (Well, for me at least. Perhaps not very interesting for you, the family, friend, reader. I guess I realize this.) I intend to keep it updated. We'll just see how that goes.

::On deck
The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown

::Recent reads
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
Botany of Desire - Michael Pollan
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver et al
The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan
(I appear to be stuck in a rut)

Wright-sized Houses - Diane Maddex
Hmm - there's more here. I'll have to work on this

::Crafting & Making
Seams to Me - Anna Maria Horner
Handmade Modern - Todd Oldham
All those Storey handmade candles, soap, paper, herbals books

Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll
Home Sausage Making - Peery and Reavis
Stocking Up - Hupping
The Ball Blue Book of Preserving

::Gardening & Homesteading
Storey's Basic Country Skills
The Encyclopedia of Country Living - Carla Emery

Charlie Harper's 123s
Charlie Harper's ABCs
Spring is Here - Taro Gomi
Hand Hand Fingers Thumb - Al Perkins

::Favorite Authors
Any and all Agatha Christie, but preferably Miss Marple
The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by McCall Smith
Anything and everything (but particularly The End of the Road series) by Tom Bodett
I also really enjoy John Irving, Tom Robbins, and John Steinbeck

Please, please, indulge me. What are you reading? What are your favorites?


  1. Oooh, nice. Have you read any Rex Stout? He writes about Nero Wolfe, a genuis detective who solves cases without ever leaving his house. His assistant, Archie, does all of the leg work. Set around 1930s NYC. Good to read aloud.

    On deck for me: All the Little Living Things by Wallace Stegner (reminds me somewhat of Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion)
    The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Skvorecky
    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

  2. I'd like to add that I really appreciate your posts and look forward to the updates.

    Hope to see you all soon! Maybe we can make a summer visit.

  3. Nice! I'll have to try All the Little Living Things because I super enjoyed Sometimes a Great Notion! Haven't read Rex Stout but I think you can see I do like my tame detective novels.

    I read quite a bit during Oliver's first year - between nursing and being a book chain letter participant... I had some fun reads I'll have to list out! Oh yeah, and I nabbed your copy of Breakfast of Champions during the holidays. The ransom is one summer visit.

  4. Barbara Kingsolver - The Lacuna. It's taking me awhile - not much time to read these days unfortunately!

  5. I've seen that one, but haven't bit yet. I'm interested to see what you think! I've read a bit of BK lately, but haven't read her fiction in ages.

  6. I haven't been on your blog in awhile. I am very impressed! When do you do all this stuff (work, mom, knit, read, plan a house, etc.)?

    I couldn't get into Eat, Love Pray, but I am reading the Time Traveler's Wife right now. It is okay.....a nice easy book where I don't have to think. Aaron is trying to get me to read, Animal, Vegetable and Miracle. He really enjoyed it.

    We're still coming into town on Wed. I'm on break and my brother will be with us. Dinner at the Fuess household. I'm making chocolate truffle cheesecake.

    Hope to see you then.