Monday, July 26, 2010

slow but gratifying day in the bookish realm

Okay, so yesterday didn't see a lot of reading happening on my part...but it was a wonderful day in my own personal book world anyway. Because of this! Yes, I finally finished reorganizing and super-cleaning the library...and I so love how it looks!

Only managed 15 pages in Last Chance to See, 23 pages in Shadow Man, and 29 pages in Scrapbook Page Maps (a book I just started yesterday). Yep, I'm on a scrapbooking reading binge right now--mainly because I had this huge stack of scrapbooking mags, with a few books thrown in, sitting on the library floor unread. I needed to get them cleared out of there, so they got moved to our bedroom. But I want to get them read before the major bedroom overhaul begins. (For whatever reason, likely because I'm neurotic, I never like to actually put them in my scrapbook area until I read them and decide whether I actually want to keep them or not. Yep, neurotic.)

And since I added no books to my wish list yesterday, and because I'm so thrilled with our library reorganization and I'll use any excuse at all to be in there, I decided to start making myself a list of all the books I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to read from our own shelves. Obviously, if they're on my shelves, I want to read them...but I'm going to concentrate on the ones that are calling my name the loudest. I've mentally divided the library into "shelf numbers," so I'll just do a shelf a day.

What I'm dying to read from our own shelves (shelf #1):
*Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber (Eva)
*Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie (Eva)
*Skellig by David Almond (Vivienne, Amanda)
*Feed by M.T. Anderson
*Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banerjee (Eva, Amanda, Chris)
*The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak
*Brains by Robin Becker
*Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski (my choice)

Edited: Since I'm going to still end up with quite an unmanageable list of books I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to read, I've decided to whittle down each list further by using my wonderful friends' recommendations. (Thanks for sparking this idea, Eva!) And maybe by allowing myself to choose one book all on my own, too. The books that end up stricken will be the ones no one tells me I must read.


  1. Your library looks GREAT! Have I told you I might have my very own 'reading room' when we move to Texas?! I'm beyond thrilled, and just hoping that the closing goes smoothly.

    I've read Origin, Indian Killer, and Looking for Bapu from your list: they're all incredible and page-turners. :D

  2. Eva,
    SQUEEEE...that sounds so awesome! And you deserve your own little reading room! :D
    Oooh, and you just gave me the bestest idea--I know that even though I'm only listing the books I want to read the very most, I'm still going to end up with an unmanageable list. So I'm going to narrow each shelf down even further by using everyone else's recommendations. :D

  3. I agree with Eva on Looking for Bapu and also put a nod in for Skellig!

  4. I just loved Skellig and I hope you do too.

  5. You know how much I love your library!! And you absolutely have GOT to read Looking for Bapu!!!! It's such an incredible little book and you can read it in one sitting :) In fact..maybe you should go read it right now ;)

  6. I'm happy to be an idea sparker! ;) Looking for Bapu is definitely a one sitting book, so I'm going to second Chris' pressure. hehe