A head start on the year.

You knew it was coming. The list of books I got for Christmas. Books. Lists. How could I resist? In fact, it might have been a big part of the reason why I insisted on getting the internets back, just so I could tell you about them. But we’ll pretend it isn’t because that might be a bit geeky. Moving on to the list!

Obviously, there are the three Hunger Games books, of which I’ve already read one and I’m almost through with the other. It’s a little daunting when you’re pretty sure you’ve read the best book(s) you’ll read all year at the very beginning, but I’ll try to get over it.

Then there are the Nick Hornbys. I read Juliet, Naked last year and then About a Boy and I was so smitten with that…that… thing that he has about his writing voice that I picked up a few more of his books on clearance. I’m reading How To Be Good right now. I wasn’t sure how it would go since the protagonist is a woman, one talking about marriage and affairs and divorce, no less, but it’s working out for me so far. I’ll admit, I haven’t touched it since I picked up Hunger Games, but I’m sure I’ll fall right back in. That’s the nice thing about Hornby – he’s very comfortable. Anyway, I also got A Long Way Down and went and paid full price for Juliet, Naked because I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I gave up on ever finding it on clearance.

I can’t decide what I’ll want to read next: The Help by Kathryn Stockett, In the Woods by Tana French, or one of the two new Chris Cleave books I bought: The Other Hand or Little Bee.

Then there’s the Julia Child biography my brother bought for me, Jacqueline Mitchard’s Deep End of the Ocean, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box.

The next tier is composed of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True and She’s Come Undone. I’ve never read anything by him, but I’m intrigued. Plus, they were $1. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, The Hours by Michael Cunningham (no, I haven’t seen the movie), The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini, The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton, Joshilyn Jackson’s The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Anna Quinlen’s Black and Blue, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder (yes, that Gene Wilder!), and a collection of short stories by Frederick Busch.

I also  got a few books I’ve read before but didn’t own. The Westing Game, another copy of The Gunslinger because I keep loaning mine out and don’t always get it back, The Poisonwood Bible, and The Book of Lost Things.

So, yeah, I figure I’m all set on the reading for awhile. I have no idea what I’m going to do when friends tell me I must drop what I’m reading because they have found the most magical book! And I will because I think books you’re meant to read find ways into your life like that. Finding the next book you’re going to read is supposed to be an adventure. I love that.

Apparently I just also love back-up plans. Heh.

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7 Responses to “A head start on the year.”

  1. Puna Says:

    Good for you Katie! I just want to clean out my collection of magazines! That’s a great goal! Are your girls into reading as well?

  2. Mrs. E Says:

    Kite Runner and The Help are favorites of mine! Bet you enjoy them. Can you see why my students love the Hunger Games series? Happy Reading!

  3. Kathy Says:

    Those books sounds like a great way to begin this year’s reading. Started The Hunger Games a few days ago. Now I know why my daughter has read the entire series 8 or 9 times. Wow!

  4. Leandra Says:

    Ooh ooh ooh, books! I’ve met Joshilyn Jackson — do you read her blog? I lurve it! Haven’t read the Kite Runner but I DID read A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author and you MUST add it to your list if you haven’t already. It’s a life changing book (at least for me).

    I haven’t read Into the Woods yet, but I did read her second novel and loved it. I can’t wait to see what you think about The Help because I have very STRONG opinions about it.

    Have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? I literally read it in an afternoon. Could not put it down.

  5. Se'lah Says:

    happy new year! wishing you and the girls the very best yet. one love.

  6. Vchelle Says:

    Well, you have a lot on your list to read! I see you relaxing and escaping into a world of beauty!

    Happy New Year!

    P.S. I hope you get an opportunity to read my book one day.

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