5 Minutes for Books is doing a monthly carnival on the what, where and why we’re reading. I was very excited when I read about this last week and spent over an hour on this post last night. Here’s the rundown:
On the left is the stack in the living room. Note the theme – boys. I’ve flipped through Bringing Up Boys, which I just noticed isn’t in the picture but I’m too lazy to go take another one. I disagree with a lot of Dobson’s views but he has some decent things to say about differences between boys and girls. I’m not sure The Explosive Child will be applicable as Alex doesn’t really have a lot of the behaviors described in the book.
On the right is what’s on my nightstand – the pile I’m currently reading or just finished. World War Z by Max Brooks is ok so far. I’m hoping it gets better when the actual zombies start showing up. It’s done documentary-style and we’re still hearing about how the disease spread and I’m kind of bored. I’m a little disappointed, I had high hopes for this book. It’s one of the first books I purchased new (as opposed to at FOL sales) in years. I finished The Angry Child a few weeks ago but haven’t returned it to the library yet. Pretty good book about dealing with a child who can’t control their anger, though I kind of hoped for some better discipline ideas.
Then there’s the pile that has been set aside for a variety of reasons. I finished A Salty Piece of Land about a month ago but it has not yet made it back to the bookshelf. I am a Jimmy Buffett fan by marriage and am making my way through his books.
I started reading Lisey’s Story about a year ago while pumping at work for Zach. I hung up the horns (aka stopped pumping) about halfway through the book and never picked it back up. It’s actually a library book that doesn’t show up on my account and I really should return it soon. I guess the fact that I haven’t picked it up in about 9 months should make it easier to do that, but I sort of want to know what happens. But I also sort of don’t really care.
The Kitchen God’s Wife has been in that pile for over a year, I’d guess. I picked it up at a FOL sale but never read past the first few pages. All of Amy Tan’s books seem the same to me. I really should donate it back to the FOL. And Thin For Life was given to me by an online friend. I read about half of it, got pregnant with Zach and decided to throw any weight management out the window for the time being, and never went back to it.
Finally, the book I’m listening to in the car is Wicked : the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. I think I’m pretty close to the end (hard to tell on those little MP3 players – I much prefer CDs where I can gauge just where I am in a book) and can’t wait to find out what happens to the witch! Obviously, I kid. But I am curious as to how she is portrayed when Dorothy and friends show up. Wicked has been on my to-read list for a long time, and while skimming the audio titles at the library decided it would be a good one to listen to.
I generally only read one book at a time, if by “read” you mean hold a book in my hand and read the words on the page. I read before bed just about every night, sometimes a few pages and sometimes I’m forcing myself to stop and turn out the light. I also always have an audio book in the car, which I listen to on my commute or if I’m running other errands alone.
The only other book I finished this month, besides The Angry Child, is Baby Proof by Emily Giffin which I sucked down in 2 days while in DC last week. I really liked her first two books (Something Borrowed and Something Blue) and was happy to find this one was excellent as well. It’s nice to read a book about having a baby where the hero definitely does not want to have a baby and sticks to her guns. Mostly. Anyway I won’t give away the ending but I’m definitely putting Giffin’s latest novel on my to-read list.
I have 2 books waiting for me at the library – The omnivore’s dilemma : a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan, for an online book club. We have until Sept 1 to read it, which is plenty of time. I might even put down World War Z for a bit to read this one. The other one will go on the pile in the living room – I brake for meltdowns : how to handle the most annoying behaviors of your 2-to-5-year-old by Michelle Nicholasen, which I heard about through 5 Minutes for Moms.