Adventures in Reading

Ye Olde Book Stacks
January 24, 2008, 4:34 pm
Filed under: thoughtful

So far, January has been a feast of reading for me and it has proven to be one of my busier months. However, I did finally opt to entirely disassemble my “stack” and now I find myself at somewhat of a loss for what to read next. I would assume most any reader has at the very least a figurative stack or a running tally of books that sounds interesting to read, that they ought to read, and that they ideally will eventually read. For me, I usually maintain a literal stack as well that accumulates on a faux (and miniature) Grecian column in my living room. As it was becoming dangerously close to falling (and swayed in any breeze that entered the house) I decided to disassemble it.

However, now without my stack I find myself at a complete loss of what to read (which I suppose could also be blamed on my binge watching America’s Next Top Model marathon). Today at work I inquired after a brain candy read from some co-workers and I was suggested Cliver Barker’s Abarat. Here goes nothing!


Have you seen the movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? It’s based on a memoir by the late Ellle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby. After his stroke, he painstakingly dictated his memoir by the blinking of his left eye. I think that would be a great read to start off the year.

Comment by Arti

Hi there! I just wanted to thank you for stopping by. I also must add that I find your blog utterly amazing and I’ll be a constant reader from now on. By the way, that’s quite a list! There are so many books I’ve been meaning to read for so long!

Comment by Lore

Arti’s recommendation sounds really great — but heavy. I just read a somewhat lighter fiction story that I highly recommend if that’s more your mood — Dancing Backward in Paradise by Vera Jane Cook. It’s about a young women’s journey to find herself — beginning in Tennessee and ending in NYC during the 1960’s. Great characters and a story with humor, mystery and tragedy.

Sometimes really good novels slip through the cracks — I think this one is worthy of a read.


Comment by Linda

Art: I have actually stumbled across the book at work a few times but I have not yet given it too much consideration. Next time I’m in I will take some time to flip through it. Thanks for the suggestion.

Lore: Thank you for comment! I have always been an avid reader and part of my ambition for this blog is to encourage me to read and explore literature even when it is not assigned. So far so good it seems.

Linda: I am definitely going to have to see if the library carries this one.

Comment by bookchronicle

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