Anticipation: Booking Through Thursday

Anticipation January 3, 2008

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Last week we talked about the books you liked best from 2007. So this week, what with it being a new year, and all, we’re looking forward….

What new books are you looking forward to most in 2008? Something new being published this year? Something you got as a gift for the holidays? Anything in particular that you’re planning to read in 2008 that you’re looking forward to? A classic, or maybe a best-seller from 2007 that you’re waiting to appear in paperback?

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Santa was good to me this year. I received several new books and a couple gift cards to Borders and amazon.com. I can hardly wait to dive into my new books. Some of my choices were heavily influenced by other book blogs that I’ve come to enjoy and rely on for suggestions.

My most anticipated books of 2008 are:

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Giver by Lois Lowry (I want to pre-read it before giving it to my 10 year old)

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

And I’m waiting for these to come out in paperback:

Peony in Love by Lisa See

Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

What books are you most anticipating this year?

The Fun Girl Visits Pasadena


January 1st in Pasadena is almost always glorious, and today was no exception. We had a blast visiting this beautiful city just north of Los Angeles and seeing the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade floats up close.

It was a 75 degree, picture-postcard-perfect Southern California day, and we thoroughly enjoyed being outside and checking out the handiwork of so many amazing artists and dedicated volunteers. The work that goes into these things is mind boggling!

My kids thought the City of Burbank’s Oktoberfest float was the best.  My favorite was the enormous 55 foot American Indian on the Farmers Insurance float (and seeing it gave me a weird flashback to the sex scene in 1,000 White Women: The Journals of May Dodd).

We walked for miles and saw about 2/3rds of the floats before the kids pooped out. This was WAY more fun than taking down my Christmas tree today!