Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What I Am Reading Now - 6/30/10

After tackling and defeating my last stack of books it was time for a trip to the library to replenish my stack so I set off with my to be returned books including the new Sandman re-envisioning by Neil Gaiman and a few other random comic collections I had checked out (JLA, Iron Man) Monday and came home with a lot more than I planned:

The stack on the left is what I purchased from their "For Sale" cart and the stack on the right are my to read now's.

I have been reading Nick Hornby's Polysyllabic Spree since Monday.  I had it on hold for a week or so and needed to go grab it and return the Stieg Larsson I finished so someone else could read it (it had a long wait list) and I didn't wanna hold onto it until the due date to be nice. This is a great read.  It's one of three in a series of his essay collections for a San Francisco paper called "The Believer" on stuff he is reading.  He keeps track of the books he buys vs what he reads every month (awww he is like ME!) It really is like getting to sit and talk books with Nick Hornby.  It's neat having read every novel he has written to get to sneak a peek at the guy who does the writing this way.  I will always have something Nick Hornby has written on my what I am reading lists lol even if its a re-read.

Reading TPS prompted me to go to the library today to get Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger after reading Nick rave on about it for nearly 3 pages.  I am not a huge Salinger fan based on Catcher In The Rye. Yes I know I am not in the popular opinion on that book but to me at best it was just eh. I never found it great and was never moved by it in any way and I really couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about when it was a must read in school.  So I was curious what Nine Stories was all about and figured short stories may be a great way for me to better experience what Salinger had to offer.

The comics I will mostly take a peek at once Alex has read through them all first - I get those mostly for him.

TPS also reminded me that it has been 10 years since I picked up a Vonnegut book so I decided to get off my lazy behind and re-read Cat's Cradle. Vonnegut is a literary genius and I was disturbed to realize we didn't have any on our shelves before I went to the library.  Cat's Cradle is one of the best books I have ever read.  I am hoping we have something tucked in one of the still unpacked boxes of books we have in our spare room.  So I was overjoyed as I went to leave and passed the For Sale cart and found all of these gems:

I have to mention that all 6 of those bad boys cost me only $3.00 AND now I know for sure that I have two Vonnegut's on my shelves. BIG HUGE SCORE. I am constantly buying books.  The way most women buy clothes or shoes that's how I am with books. I am always reading something and sometimes, multiple somethings.  I am sure I will be reading both Vonnegut's before the month is out but the rest I just felt the need to have on my shelves.  They felt like at home library must haves and now I do!

Enough of all this typing about all the awesome books I have to read - I am going to go read them!



1 comment:

Lauren said...

Ooooh! Look at all them books! You know, I didn't read Catcher in the Rye til I was, like, 22 and I thought it was really dumb. I wanted to smack the shit out of that kid and tell him to get over himself. I'm glad I'm not alone in this opinion.