15 June 2010

i heart books.

So my sister Monica and her lovely boy Ian are here (they got here on Saturday, more on that later...right now our internet is running at dial up speed so I can't put up pictures, but will be back to normal tomorrow). So my brother sent a birthday present with them...a KINDLE!!! This means I can have all sorts of books on this thin little notebook that weighs like 10 oz. Seriously! How crazy is that?
I've gotten to read lots of fun books, especially since the library is across the street from our apartment. All of the library info is on line, so I can browse and reserve all kinds of books. It also keeps track of the books I've read, which is 79 at the moment. I've been on the waiting list for the last book in Stieg Larsson's millennium trilogy for the last few months, and I may not get it before I leave...now I can put it on the Kindle! And it's only $11 (books here are crazy expensive, por ejemple, that book would be $40). And Dan said that anything written before 1923 (before copyright laws) is free! I am very excited about this.

Anyone have any fun books you've been reading lately? Since I'll probably forget what I've read, here is a partial list of some of my library books:

by Geraldine Brooks--very good read, as was her People of the Book
Outliers : the story of success by Malcolm Gladwell
several by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat)--Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Gentlemen and Players
Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty--Boone said this was getting made into a movie. Fabulous book.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, strange and good
The Help by Katheryn Stockett
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Not becoming my mother: and other things she taught me along the way by Ruth Reichl
Committed: a skeptic make peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert
The story of a New Zealand river by Jane Mander
The hitch-hiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams
Vintage Alice by Jessica Adams
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (gotta love reading children's books...)
and the silly vampire series by Charlaine Harris, pure candy for the brain, but fun. It's what True Blood on HBO (or wherever it is) is based on.
And then there were lots of chick lit books that I try not to admit I read...but I can't help it.


  1. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell is a great read.

  2. What is this thing you call, reading?! That's foreign to me! Just read your most recent post--jealous that calla lilies grow on the side of the road in NZ, yet cost me $9 a stem! How strange that the same flower grows so easily in NZ and Ireland! Oh, also, do you ever work??!? I want to know more about what that is like!!