This is my go to quote when trying to convince my husband I need yet one more bookcase in the house.
Reading books isn’t just a past time for me. It’s breathing. Books are more than sustenance, they are a requirement for my life’s spark. This may sound over dramatic, but if I can’t have books, I’ll die. Not physically, but that part of me that makes me “me” will struggle to exist if I can’t have time and space to devour a book.
So maybe this quote from Cicero is more accurate for me:
I am constantly on the search for engaging narratives, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, whatever. I have a Kindle and am a member of GoodReads, book clubs, and Audible.com, am on Reading Group Choices’ mailing list, and subscribe to a few dozen literature-based blogs. A good book club is my next appendage to acquire.
Once I own a book (or a book owns me), I tend to hold on to it, and have a very strong aversion to lending them to anyone, which I explained in my October 5, 2011 post, but another reason I won’t lend is because, technically, I haven’t “read” them at all. I have listened to a few of them.
At first, listening to an audio book felt like cheating on my spouse. There was a twinge of guilt the next time I picked up a book to read. I felt like it knew I was getting stories on the side. Listening to a book felt a little dirty, too, like I imagine phone sex would be. You do the duty without ever getting the goods. I don’t “read” all literature this way, but it does come in handy when traveling or doing dishes.
Here is this years list of books that I recommend but won’t lend. Happy reading!
- The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Unknown (I had forgotten how good this tale really is. Simple, fantastical, purposeful.)
- The Heretic’s Daughter – Kathleen Kent
- Room – Emma Donoghue
- Wild – Cheryl Strayed
- Bleak House – Charles Dickens
- The Master Butchers Singing Club – Louise Erdrich
- Macbeth: a novel – J.A. Hartley and David Hewson, narrated by Alan Cumming (only available in audio)
- The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff
- House Rules – Jodi Picoult
- Land of the Burnt Thigh – Edith Eudora Kohl
- The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
- Song Yet Sung – James McBride
I joined a book challenge in January to read 4 “Chunkster” novels (600+ pages) this year. I finished two so far (yes I read the actual novel). I liked them but not enough to recommend them. I am adding them anyway to see if any of you have read them and like them.
A new addition to the yearly post is my wish list. I plan to read/listen to all of these, but considering I am a slow reader, I may not get to all of them. Some I have read before and some are new to me. This isn’t a complete list. I have left room for others texts I find throughout the year.
2013 reading wish list:
- Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley – J.D. Davis
- His Excellency: George Washington – Joseph J. Ellis
- Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- The Alienist – Caleb Carr
- The Cross in the Closet – Timothy Kurek
- Jesus Land – Julia Sheeres
- A Land More Kind Than Home – Wiley Cash
- Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
- Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
- What My Mother Doesn’t Know – Sonja Sones (I will probably listen to this one: click here)
- Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
- The Painted Drum – Louise Erdrich (This one is already downloaded on my phone: click here)
- The Bookseller of Kabul – Asne Seierstad
- Killing Lincoln – Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
That’s it folks. My lists, my lists, my lists. If you have read some of the ones I have posted, please leave me a comment and tell me how you liked it (or didn’t like it). I would love to know what you are reading, too!
A day without reading is a day wasted.