Friday, August 10, 2012

2012 Books...So Far

At the beginning of the year I decided to keep track of the books that I read.  The first month I expected that I would read 1 and maybe started in on a second.  That first month I believe I read 4 or 5 books!  I wasn't trying to read more because I was keeping track.  It's just how it transpired.  The list below are the books I have completed to date.  This doesn't include a handful of books that I started but was unable to finish.  It also doesn't include a bunch of non-fiction cookbook and reference type books. I'm headed to the library today to pick up my hold copy of Wild by Cheryl Stayed.

The Girl She Used To Be
While I'm Falling
Dolores Claiborne
Beatrice and Virgil
Made For You and Me
Pretty In Plaid
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
The Help
Life Would Be Perfect...
My Fair Lazy
Keeping Time
Untold Story of Nonna Bannister
Still Missing
Close Your Eyes
Portrait Of a Monster
Never Knowing
One Moment, One Morning
Most Talkative
Kitty Cornered
Before I Go To Sleep
Homer's Odyssey
When You Go Away
Sarah's Key

A few favorites:

Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat
Homer's Odyssey: A book about a blind, black kitty.  Enough said really!  A very endearing, well written book that includes this passage near the beginning "So I didn't adopt Homer because he was cute and little and sweet, or because he was helpless and needed me.  I adopted him because when you see something so fundamentally worthwhile in someone else, you don't look for the reasons-like bad timing or a negative bank account-that might keep it out of your life.  You commit to being strong enough to build your life around it, no matter what."

Delores Claiborne: I've recently discovered some old Stephen King books.  I only seem to enjoy the ones that aren't all about supernatural, crazy science fiction stuff.  I really enjoyed this book except I wish she had kept her mouth shut just a bit! I wanted her to "get away with it".

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: This is Pat Benatar's autobiography.  I picked it up once I got tickets to see her concert.  The book explains why the show was billed as "Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo".  Neil is her husband and they have been together making music since almost the very beginning.  The record company executives never gave him the producing and song writing credits he deserved.  Once they broke away on their own she always makes sure they have equal billing.  She told a couple of stories between songs and I knew exactly what she was talking about because I had all of this background information on her life and her story.

My Fair Lazy: Jen Lancaster's books are just pure guilty pleasure reading.  I happened to pick up her first book "Bitter Is the New Black" and I was hooked.  I've read all of her books except her most recent.  I'm trying to pace myself so I'm never without my Jen Lancaster fix!
My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black, or, a Culture-Up Manifesto

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