Thursday, September 8, 2011


Shiloh's on the hunt for nude pumps. This has proven to be harder than you'd imagine, because she apparently does most of her shopping via the interweb, and if you google "nude pumps" you run in to trouble.

We were shopping yesterday and I pointed out no less than four pairs to her. She'd look over, and acknowledge that they were in fact nude pumps, and then sort of say, that's not what I'm looking for. She couldn't say exactly what she was looking for, but she'd know it when she saw it.

I find myself in a similar pickle, reading-wise. My semester ended almost a month ago, which means I'm ready to put down the non-committal Me Talk Pretty One Day, and the 3rd re-reading of Bill Bryson's Shakespeare, and read something new. Because when I say I take a break from reading after classes end every semester, this is only partly true. I never actually take a break. I just re-read old favorites, books that don't require much from me, books that I can fall asleep to. And while these are nice, and comfortable, they're not I'm happy that I missed the train because now I have more time to read books.

I'm ready for one of those. But, I don't exactly know what I want. I don't want anything as light as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but nothing as heavy as The Road. No short stories, but I don't want to commit to anything Ayn Rand sized. I want something engrossing, but that won't necessarily hijack me for the next month. I want dreamy, maybe The Virgin Suicides-dreamy, but without the bitterness.


I guess I'll know it when I see it.

p.s. if anyone has any suggestions, do me a favor and pipe up.

photo via here.


  1. I am reading 'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese. I think it might fit the bill. I love anything set in Africa though, so I might be biased.

  2. Ummm...I just realized that it might be Ayn Rand sized.

  3. Have you read any Murakami? He's definitely dreamy, and I can't put him down. I can recommend specific titles, too... :)

  4. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
    Love and racism and societal expectations in England. There’s an old man. There’s a woman from India. There’s an insufferable Country Club.

    Paper Towns by John Green
    YA read that’s witty and character-driven. Part romance, part whodunit. About the idea of “leaving.”

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Utopia book that is so focused on human relationships you forget that it’s a Utopia book. Incredible writing, and lots to think about.

    The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
    Historical fiction about Florence during the Renaissance. The Medici family is losing power, but art is everywhere. This was one where I always wanted to know what happened next.

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    Sort of Gothic and mysterious…it confused me but I couldn’t put it down. Lots about twins and duality and family secrets.

    Two Moons in August by Martha Brooks
    A short YA read that I return to about once a year. About a girl trying to overcome her mother’s death and her family’s subsequent decay and the boy across the street. It sounds fluffier than it is.

    A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
    An old gem about a pirate ship that accidentally finds itself in charge of a handful of children. (Based on a true story.) The prose is incredible, although slightly archaic in places, and it describes children in such a startlingly accurate way.

    The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
    A slightly odd read that I keep thinking about. A man’s wife has died, and the only witness was their dog, Lorelei. A sort of mystery, with some bizarre plot twists. Interesting insights about language, and tells the story of a marriage out of sequence.

  5. Oh, and if you haven't read "The Help" yet, it really is worth it.

  6. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow. a pre-Twilight werewolf tale set in LA. using free verse to capture the mind of a beast.

  7. Lindsey rec of Cutting for Stone is great. I'm a bookseller, here are some of the great ones I've read lately:
    *The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
    Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
    *The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    *We the Animals by Justin Torres
    *The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker

    * ='s must read.

  8. Bluebeard by Vonnegut. I just finished it, and all I want to do is read it again like right now. I am trying to find a new book to read, but all I can think about is how good Bluebeard was, and how I don't know if I can find anything else as good.

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