Christmas reading list

Sometimes I forget to read books. Shocking, I know, given that I’m a librarian and all. But books sometimes fall by the wayside, in the wake of my knitting or dog-walking or magazine-perusing. That’s why I very much enjoy Christmas break every year. It gives me a chance to find some books and sit with them for several hours, uninterrupted, losing myself in other worlds and other people’s lives. It’s wonderful. This break was no different. I read 4 books in 2 weeks, and it felt great.

  1. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. I love love love loved this book! Thursday Next is a fabulous character, the references to books and events just oblique enough that I had to stretch to get them, and the writing compelling. I just requested 2 more of his books by ILL, and am checking out the other one we own today.
  2. Bee Season by Myra Goldberg. This book was very good, but pretty disturbing in the psychological sense. I almost cheered on the last page.
  3. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. My favorite type of book – gritty realism, soaring and crashing personal fortunes, and great plot with strong characters. For those of you looking for strong lesbian/trans fiction that doesn’t get sidetracked by weird mush, this is the book for you.
  4. The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living by Martin Clark. It’s taken me a bit longer to get into this book (I just started it last night) and will have to withhold judgement until I’ve read more.

What are YOU reading right now? Leave me comments!

6 thoughts to “Christmas reading list”

  1. One of my all time favorite read is Kerri Hulme’s The Bone People. If you like “gritty realism, soaring and crashing personal fortunes” this is good, and beautiful language to boot. (Love your Mom’s Klaralund BTW!)

    -Pumpkinmama

  2. I just finished “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay. So good I couldn’t stop reading it. I usually don’t finish books, lest my relationship with the characters end.

    I am also reading “The Inmates are Running the Asylum” by Allen Cooper. Fantastic comentary on the need for improved computer interactive design.

  3. I thought the Bee Season was odd as well. I love the Thursday Next books. I’ve read the first three. They are such fun!

    I’m currently reading Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson (the author of Snow Falling on Cedars). So far, so good. I’m really enjoying the style of writing.

    Have you seen the Knit One Read Too blog? It’s a new online book club for knitters.

  4. I read the Thursday Next books this summer and love love loved them too! Just so creative and challenging. Not only did I want to go back and read book referenced but I want to learn a little more about the crimea war and other historical references he played with.

    I love discovering a new series and am so sad when I finish them!

  5. i read tipping the velvet last summer. i really liked it. do you know there is a movie version? i think it might be bbc. i only saw the first half, but it was pretty okay. i don’t know sometimes i think it’s better to leave it at a good book than to add an alright movie to the mental mix. p.s. i love your recent pictures of maggie she is so beautiful!! please give her a kiss for me.

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