Sunday, March 30, 2008

Book it!

A book meme.

I am trying to get back into reading which has been hampered by two things - no time and excruciating lower back pain in bed. The delicious Hotfessional tagged me for a book meme. This is after more bloggers than I can count joined Goodreads and tried to get me to join in their reindeer games. Update after update came in, "So and so has added new books," and "So and so wants to share her current reading list (of 57+ books)." The inadequacy was suffocating.

The Hotfessional told me not to worry, just have fun. So, here goes.

1. List three books you’ve always meant to read, but haven’t got around to them

How to choose, how to choose? How about the books I have meant to read but simply could not stay awake through?

Wuthering Heights.
Empire Falls.
Any employee handbook I've ever been given.

2. Share the two books that changed your life

An Unknown Woman, Alice Kohler - This woman sort of owns her mediocrity and then takes ballsy steps to change her course.

We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates - I read this during a very dark period in my life. It was darker. I wouldn't ever want to read it again, but it did force me to tread water a little harder and get my head out of a dangerous place.

3. Recommend the one book you’ve been talking about since the very first day you’ve read it.

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris - I am trembling with laughter just typing this. Funniest book EVER.

I am not tagging anyone as I found this one really hard. If you are reading a good book, I kind of envy you, if you have a Me Talk Pretty Book experience, please share it with me, I'd love a grand slam of a book to have by my bed when we bring our littlest daughter home.

Oh, and one more thing as we talk about daughters. I think sometime around the 57th idiot commented on what having three daughters was going to mean, I realized that there were some things I would need to take control of myself. Society has come a long way and there are incredible opportunities for women, but if we don't' take accountability there are huge perilous chasms just waiting to swallow our daughters whole. I stumbled upon an organization called About-Face they make some incredibly strong points and serve as a great reminder to not tune out to what it is in front of us, our girls (and boys for that matter) are taking in everything. Be aware.

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Colleen said...

I'm with you... I signed up for Goodreads and am being overwhelmed by everyone's updates. Forget about having the time and energy to read... once I do get to read something... the last thing I think of doing is adding it to my update list!

I'll have to think up some recommendations. I'm drawing a complete blank right now!

Ree said...

You did good babe. I haven't updated Goodreads since I signed up. sigh. Just paint a big L on mah forehead and call it good.


I have to pick up that David Sedaris book though.

flutter said...

OMG please tell me you have it on queue to read Holidays on Ice by Sedaris.

Short, wrong and HYSTERICAL.

carrie said...

"Naked" is another great Sedaris read. I love that you can read him in little bits, when you have time, like in the bathtub!

I just finished "Middlesex," which looked imtimidating but wasn't. If you ever get the time . . .

Take Care!

Life As I Know It said...

Me Talk Pretty One Day is one of the few books that actually made me laugh out loud.

Amy Y said...

I also loved We Were the Mulvaney's... although it's been so long since I read it that it's hard to remember what it was about... I just remember loving it.

I want to read Me Talk Pretty one day... I think I have about 85 books on my "to do" list... and I maybe read 4 a year? I wish I'd read more but I always fall asleep in bed trying to read...Blech.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Love all the Sedaris books. Equally funny is I Am America and So Can You by Colbert.


Christine said...

i'm with flutter--read holidays on ice. and if you like amy sedaris read i like you hospitality under the influence.

Piddler said...

Two best books I've read in a long time:

Water for Elephants

1000 White Women

Amazing novels. As they flew by I mourned their end. Go on your library's website this instance and reserve these books.