Friday, January 03, 2014

Friday Reading Assignment: On the Nightstand



Here's a sample of what's on my nightstand.




The House that is Our Own by O. Douglas.  I felt compelled to read this after reading a review at Leaves and Pages.  Plus, most of the Canadian literature I've read has been very good.  I had to go to Amazon.UK to find a copy.

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline.  I hate the way clothes have become disposable; how stores like Forever 21 or H&M will have bins of $6 tee shirts that will only clutter up our lives.  Far better to have an edited wardrobe of high-quality pieces.

What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn.  I can't remember what prompted me to add this to my book list, so I'm looking forward to a nice surprise.

Slipstream by Elizabeth Jane Howard.  This is the memoir of the author of the Cazalet Chronicles.  I am reading it now and I know that when I finish, I am going to want to tell you all about it. *Yesterday, I heard that Elizabeth Jane Howard has died at age 90.

Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin.  I've read this before, but it's so good, it's time for a re-read.

Ultrametabolism by Mark Hyman.  Because my sister told me to read it. I am feeling the urge to do another diet book roundup post.

Also,  on my virtual nightstand, aka the library hold list are The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Americanah by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie.  I can't wait to read The Goldfinch and I have been on the list since forever.  I'm now up to number six, with over 200 people in line behind me.  Americanah, I am going to read for the Derfwad Manor book club.  There are only two people ahead of me.  I don't mind waiting for books, because there are always plenty of other things to read.

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11 comments:

  1. Laurie Colwin is one of my all-time favorite writers, both her fiction and nonfiction. We lost her much too soon. I recommend "Lone Pilgrim" if you haven't read it.

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  2. I love the waiting list at the library. I have sometimes forgotten I had signed up for a book, so it's like Christmas when I get the notification.

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    1. I agree! It is like Christmas when your book comes in!

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  3. There's a new Cazalet chronicle -- All Change. Released Nov 7th in the UK, not until April (paperback) here.

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    1. Yes! I saw it in the sidebar of a British blogger that I read. She just wrote it in 2013 at age 90. I am very excited to read it.

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  4. Ultrametabolism? If the book tells you how to get one? I'm totally on it.

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    1. I think it is trying to give the key to an ultrametabolism. There's definitely some sound advice, although nothing new. I haven't read enough to determine of the key to an ultrametabolism is quackery or not.

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  5. RIP EJ Howard. Thanks to you I know her work!
    I've got The Goldfinch waiting...after I wrap up a PG Wodehouse and a Erik Larson.

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    1. RIP indeed. She led such an interesting life.

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  6. Oooh! Thanks for pointing out "Overdressed." I hate disposable fashion and am currently hoarding books. Perfect!

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  7. I love Laurie Colwin! I'm looking for Americanah at my local library.

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