Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Humble pie.

I really shouldn't be so full of myself. Our housemate Rebecca has apparently read 30 books already this year. Yes, that's approximately five per month, folks. Whereas, by my calculations, not including picture books, cookbooks, and books I skipped major chunks of, I've only read 13. Well, she does work in a bookstore, one of those jobs I've always envied (where you can read books on the job). Yeah, I read on the job, but it's not the same. Trust me.

But do you want to know the real reason I don't read as much as Rebecca? I waste all of that valuable quiet time between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., ahem, sleeping. And periodically waking up to let the dogs out and noticing that Rebecca's light is still on.

Rebecca, you're an inspiration to me. So anyway, of the 13 books I've read this year, four really stand out as some of the best books I've read - maybe ever - as follows:

1) A Three Dog Life, by Abigail Thomas.

2) Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

3) Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell

4) Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

You can read my embarassingly gushing reviews of all of these on goodreads, if you are so inclined.

Here's to finding four more amazing books by the end of 2008!


  1. 1) Wow, someone who's actually seen my reading list thinks I'm a well-read bookstore type! Be still me heart! I spent a lot of last year impersonating a well-read bookstore type, while actually reading a lot of Entertainment Weekly. (Though I wasn't the only one at the store who wanted to read How To Talk About Books You Haven't Read when it came out. Ironically, I think we all just talked about it a lot and never read it.) Hence the "read more books" resolution this year.

    2) Warning. Much as you shouldn't become a lawyer based on To Kill a Mockingbird, you shouldn't become a bookseller based on a desire to read at work. However, if you just think books are really pretty and like to move them around all day you've chosen a good career path.

    3) Disclaimer. I should point out that my total includes, let's see, 14 middle reader / young adult books. Not that I don't consider it to be valid literature (and to anyone who disagrees - them's fightin words) but it does round out my total yield nicely.

    4) A Three Dog Life is totally in my vacation reading stack.

  2. Oh, Cranford. So much hilarious Victorian awkwardness. "You see, my dear, turbans are worn."


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