November has flown by and I haven’t had much time for reading (or blogging). But I have a stack of books that I’m really excited about starting and want to read right away. I have a major case of So Many Books, So Little Time. I thought I’d give this list a little time in the spotlight and show the books that are coming home with me for my Thanksgiving vacation and why I’m excited about reading them.
You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs: I love Augusten’s humorous essays, and am excited about this new collection. My book club is reading it for December (a nice light read since we’re all so busy this time of year), so I’ll start it a bit closer to the discussion/holiday dinner.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: This is the book that I am currently reading, and I’m savoring it and making my way through it slowly. My classics book club is reading it for December, so I have a few more weeks to finish it. I’m going to start a few other books and read this one on the side. (Our main book club has a secondary spin-off for people who want to read classics. It makes for an intense, but fun, amount of book clubs.)
Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table edited by Amanda Hesser: I found this book at Strand a few weeks ago; it’s a collection of food essays from the NY Times. Many of my favorite writers are included in the anthology: Billy Collins, George Saunders, Julia Child, and Ann Patchett.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: I’m not sure how I’ve never read this before, but it’s time to remedy the situation. I’d like to read it after Thanksgiving to help set the Christmas mood, and then I’ll most likely indulge in watching a little reenactment of the story via Muppets.
Fire by Kristin Cashore: This it the companion to Graceling, which I devoured a few months ago. I’ve heard great things about this one. Based on how much of a page turner Graceling was, I think Fire will be the perfect plane book to read while traveling home to Michigan this week for Thanksgiving.
Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer: I think most literature lovers are intrigued by Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris – the store behind the publishing of Joyce’s Ulysses and a gathering place for so many 20th century literary giants. I’m very excited to read Mercer’s account of his discovery of the store and the close relationship that followed. This is another one that will be coming home to Michigan with me.
Does anyone else have a holiday case of So Many Books, So Little Time? What books are making you wish for unlimited reading time?