I had planned on writing a Plans-for-March-Reading post, but one thing led to another. Met friends, had drinks, laughed at stupid jokes, puzzled over riddles. And then my boyfriend and I went to my friend Kael‘s place. Kael gives me an overflowing box of books–emphasizing that I only get to keep Yates (but I am relying on your forgetfulness, old friend). Surprisingly good books, haha, from the chronic book-hoarder. I proceeded to drool over said books while the boys played chess. Huh. Look at these babies:
Awesome. Never mind that this stack completely throws whatever reading plans I had for March. Haha. Ha. Huh. Some notes on the books, from the bottom up:
- The Reasons I Won’t Be Coming, by Elliot Perlman.*
- A Slender Thread, by Diane Ackerman.
- American Fiction, Vol. VII: The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers, edited by Alan Davis and Michael White (with Tim O’Brien as guest judge [like American Idol?]).
- The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolaño.
- 2666, by Roberto Bolaño.
- Other People, by Martin Amis.
- Wainewright the Poisoner, by Andrew Motion.
- Mating, by Norman Rush.*
- Pnin, by Vladimir Nabokov.
- A Special Providence, by Richard Yates.*
- Man Walks Into a Room, by Nicole Krauss.*
- Read Hard: Five Years of Great Writing from The Believer, edited by Ed Park and Heidi Julavits.*
- The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers, edited by Vendela Vida.*
- The Pharmacist’s Mate, by Amy Fusselman.*
- You Shall Know Our Velocity, by Dave Eggers.*
- That red notebook’s my pocket red Moleskine, for booknotes on-the-go. It was a gift from a friend, Ria, and I’m dorking out on scribbling on it. I mean, it fits inside a book so it doubles as a bookmark, haha.
So many good books, I don’t know where to begin. But I tried (haha). Those with the asterisks, I’m pushing to the top of the TBR LandMass. With Bolaño, well, I’m quite certain I won’t be cozying up to this chunkster anytime soon, har. [If anyone has thoughts on a certain book up there, lemme hear it. I’m scared to Google them.] So excited. Yippee. Thanks, Kael (who stalks this blog, but refuses to say hello)!
Sorry if I sound giddy. I’ve had a lot of Vodka-Sprite. :]