Best Book I’ve Never Read: Booking Through Thursday

The Best Book You’ve Never Read March 5, 2009

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We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.

What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?

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I should probably say something profound, like “War and Peace” or “Brave New World,” but let’s be serious.  I’m not going to read either of those anytime soon, if ever.  

Recent releases that I’ve missed out on are The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Book Thief, and Life of Pi.  Of those, I am most interested in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.  I hope to influence (pressure, persuade) my book club to vote it in for this summer.  We’ll see.

If everyone’s reading it, I tend to run the other way.  But sometimes I start feeling left out when I’m the only one who hasn’t read something, so I give in (hello, Twilight!)  

So, of my 3 choices, which would you recommend I read first?

The Sunday Salon

cookies_groupHappy Sunday!  I hope everyone had a great week and will have time for reading-n-relaxation today.  I’m not sure if reading is part of the plan for me today but I’m going to try.  My oldest starts confirmation classes at church this morning, which means I’ll drag my lazy butt to church as well.  Then later I have to load up my van with dozens of cases of Girl Scout cookies from a warehouse, bring them home, sort them out by ‘who sold what’, and distribute them to the girls in my troop.  OH, and I have to catch a mouse (or at least figure out how to do that).

Once, years ago, when I lived in a rural area in Michigan, we had a mouse in our house.  I remember my mother putting out traps, then being horrified to hear one go off in the middle of the night, but in the morning-no mouse.  This went on for days until finally we actually caught the helpless creature rotten rodent in the pantry.  I remember my sister and I finding the little thing stuck in the trap the next morning and feeling so sad.  It was also fascinating to look at, in a horrifying way- so much so that we talked our mother into letting us put the mouse in a Mason jar and taking it to school for Show and Tell.  I was maybe 8 years old.

cordless-mouse1But now there is definitely a mouse in my kitchen (hopefully it’s a mouse, and not mice).  I have seen the, ahem, ‘evidence’.  I have heard scampering at night.  And I’m not 8 years old anymore.  I have no loving feelings toward vermin.  If anyone else has ever dealt with this, please tell me what to do- do I buy traps?  Poison?  Get a cat (our dopey golden retriever is no mouser)?  Or call an exterminator?  I’m freaked out by it and want the dirty thing gone NOW.

Ok, on to reading.  This week I finished Sag Harbor for Barnes and Noble’s First Look online book club .  I haven’t written my review yet, but the writing was superb- although nothing much happens.  It will be a tricky review to write.  Sag Harbor’s author, Colson Whitehead, is active on the book club message boards at B&N, and I love having access to the author in that way.  I was able to ask him questions while reading the book, and he answered them immediately- so cool!  

I finished Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay this week too.  I’m still reeling from the story- it was powerful.  My book club will discuss it next Sunday night.  We had hoped to speak with the author by speaker phone, but she lives in Paris and because of the time difference, it isn’t going to work out.  She is, however, going to answer our questions via email, so I’ll post the questions and answers here with my review sometime after the 8th.  She’s also my newest Facebook friend!  

51svuaqeq5l_sl500_aa240_Today I hope to start One True Theory of Love by Laura Fitzgerald, one of my favorite authors.  It looks good and I can’t wait to start it.  My book club spoke to her when we discussed Veil of Roses a couple years back, and she was so warm and funny.  For anyone who enjoyed Veil of Roses, I have exciting news.. Laura is in the process of writing the sequel!  Yes!  We’ll find out what happens to Tami and Ike!  Laura will be guest posting here soon to share what it was like having her own neighborhood book club discuss her new book.  

Well I hope everyone has a great week!  I’m off on a mouse hunt..  all suggestions, advice, sympathy, comments, questions about the cleanliness of my house (it’s clean, I swear!), etc. are welcome and appreciated.

Collectibles: Booking Through Thursday

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This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

Hardcover? Or paperback?

Illustrations? Or just text?

First editions? Or you don’t care?

Signed by the author? Or not?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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I’m not a collector, not of books or really anything.  

I used to collect things when I was younger.  I had a lovely collection of cobalt blue glass bottles.  It was fun scouring antique stores to find just the perfect piece to add to my collection.  And then there was my antique photo phase.  I had an intense love and curiousity about late 19th century photos of children with games or toys.  I collected dozens of them, going through dusty old boxes of other people’s family photos in basements and backrooms of stores, and would squeal when I found a new one.  I’d research the studio, figure out when the photos were made by the borders, the type, the dress.  I loved it.

After my kids came along I no longer had time for those kinds of treasure hunts, and I discovered that antique stores and babies/toddlers really don’t mix.  Now that a decade has gone by since my kids were born, I find I’m not that interested in spending my time that way anymore.

But books.  As much as I love them I don’t feel the need to surround myself with them.  I rarely re-read a book.  Plus collections are labor intensive.   They need to be dusted.  They need to be arranged and moved from one place to the next.  They are heavy.  And they take up way too much space.  So I like to set my books free.  

I have a small collection of books that I keep.  Beloved titles in hardcover and a few first editions.  I have a number of books that are personalized to me by the author- some of those I don’t even LIKE but because they’ve been signed, I keep them.  But I’m not overly attached to my books.  They are to be shared, lent out, donated, given away.  

What about you- are you a collector of books?  Of other things?

Teaser Tuesdays 2-24-09

tuesday-t Miz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

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51a7mjkefwl_sl500_aa240_This teaser is from page 69 of Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (the page number may change in the final printing, of course):

Mama reaches over and pats May lovingly.  “In ancient days,” she begins in a voice that transports me back to my childhood, “two sisters lived on the moon.  They were wonderful girls.”

I’m not reading this book yet, but it’s the closest to the keyboard, so I grabbed it.  What are you reading this week?

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tuesday-t Miz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

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415sr3ffx-l_sl500_aa240_This teaser is from page 107 of Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead, an ARC I’m reading for Barnes & Noble’s “First Look” book club.

“I wore braces, you see, tiny self-esteem-sucking death’s heads all in a row, turning my smile into a food-flecked grimace. Oh, I kept them pretty clean, but a series of corn-on-the-cob related incidents had planted the seeds of a neurosis, and every so often, if the psychological weather was right, my hand darted to cover my smile from view.”

Did you wear braces? I never wore them myself (I should have, but no money for orthodontia back then!). My daughter wore them for 8 months (phase 1- she will have them again next year), and I witnessed that self conscious ‘hand over the mouth’ smile almost every day!

What are you reading this week?

Teaser Tuesdays: February 3, 2009

tuesday-t Miz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

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21lkxjmjxcl_sl500_aa180_This teaser comes from page 55 of The Vagrants by Yiyun Li, sent to me by Rochelle at Random House (thanks, Rochelle!).  The Vagrants comes out today, February 3rd!

“Teacher Gu’s first marraige had lasted three years, and what he remembered, afterward, was many of their intellectual talks.  Even on their honeymoon they had spent more time reading and discussing Kant than enjoying the beach resort.”

This made me laugh because I remember reading about the wedding of at least two bloggers (Hello, Trish and Jen!) who did quite a bit of reading on their honeymoons!  Hopefully your marriages will last longer than this one!

What are you reading this week?  If you’re in need of some reading material, please enter my current giveaway for a chance to win Standing Still by Kelly Simmons!

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tuesday-tMiz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

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From page 77 of Wife in the North by Judith O’Reilly:

“I have hardly ever seen a black or Asian face here-apart from the occasional holiday maker. There is a Chinese takeaway but other than that, redoubtably white.”

Happy Inauguration Day!

Mailbox Monday – January 19, 2008

 What arrived in YOUR mailbox this week? Visit Marcia at today’s post on The Printed Page to leave a link to your post and see what other readers acquired! Here is what arrived at my house:

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The Midnight Examiner by William Kotzwinkle, which I won from CB James at Ready When You Are, CB.  I can’t find the same cover online that I have in front of me, unfortunately.  It has a big banner across the top with The MIDNIGHT EXAMINER in large block letters on a bright yellow background, with black and white shots of a cat, a man holding an Egyptian figurine, and a blond woman in a bikini top holding an AK-47- quite a trio!  The man and the woman have little bars over their eyes, presumably to protect their identities.  The book is about the world of tabloid publishing:  “Howard and his staff become embroiled with a bloodthirsty crime lord, a voodoo sorceress, an Egyptian tomb robber, and a porn queen in danger, who leads them into an adventure as bizarre as the headlines in the Midnight Examiner.”  It’s supposed to be wildly insane and laugh out loud funny.  We’ll see!

51xfji8rkl_sl500_aa240_I also got a package of 2 books from the awesome Miriam at Hachette:

Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly, is a love story set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Ireland, the Great Famine, and the emigrant experience in America.  Galway Bay will be released in hardcover on February 9th.

The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams is about the excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb filled with relics that date back to the time of Alexander the Great.  The Alexander Cipher will be released in hardcover on March 19th.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

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Mailbox Mondays are hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page.   Check out her blog to see what other bloggers found in their mailbox last week.

I got a few books this week.  Here they are:

41-1yfbjmdl_sl500_aa240_Breathing Out the Ghost by Kirk Curnutt, from the author himself.  I am totally excited to read this one, after reading a few phenomenal reviews and super interesting guest posts and interviews from his TLC book tour.  Serena from Savvy Verse and Wit asked him a great question- 5. If you were to create a playlist for your novel, what are the top five songs on that list?  Read his answers and you’ll see that he is one cool dude!

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The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, from Penguin Group. From the back cover- “The School of Essential Ingredients follows the lives of eight people from different walks of life who gather every Monday night for a cooking class taught by Lillian, a famous chef whose alchemy in the kitchen has made her a local sensation.”  I do love me a good foodie book!!

Honeymoon in Tehran by Azadeh Moaveni, from Random House.  Looks to be about an American reporter in Iran during a time of great political upheaval, who falls in love, marries, and has a baby, and is then forced to leave under political pressure.  Very interesting…

A Child’s Journey Out of Autism by Leeann Whiffen, from Sourcebooks, Inc.  I passed this one on to a book club friend to read and review.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney and The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein, from amazon.com.  I need these for book club this spring.

What did you find in your mailbox this week (aside from bills and junk mail!)?

Tuesday Teasers 1-6-09

tuesday-tMiz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

Grab your current read.  Let the book fall open to a random page.  Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
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imagedbcgiMy teaser comes from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, my book club’s selection for our February meeting.  It’s interesting how often these ‘teasers’ pertain to something happening in my own life- my oldest will go to sixth grade camp in the spring.

“When she told me I could go on my sixth-grade sleepaway at Bear Mountain and I bought a backpack with my own paper-route money and wrote Bobby Santos notes because he was promising to break into my cabin and kiss me in front of everyone I believed her, and when on the morning of the trip she announced that I wasn’t going and I said, But you promised, and she said, Muchacha del diablo, I promised you nothing, I didn’t throw my backpack at her or pull out my eyes, and when it was Laura Saenz who ended up kissing Bobby Santos, not me, I didn’t say anything, either.  I just lay in my room with stupid Bear-Bear and sang under my breath, imagining where I would run away to when I grew up.”

Yes, that is only 2 sentences!!

What are you reading this week?