Works in Waiting.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I mentioned yesterday that I don't own a bookcase. I do, however, own books. (Because I don't have shelves, I like to pile them in stacks against the wall.) Titles I haven't gotten to yet go next to my bed - judging from the size of the current stack, it seems I've fallen behind.


Not pictured: titles uploaded to my Kindle - "Blood, Bones & Butter," "1Q84", and "The Cat's Table."

So many books, so little time. Have you read anything worth recommending lately?

16 comments:

natasha said...

curious to know what you think of the alain de botton! i read that book last year, a fun and quick read but also infuriating - like reading the thoughts on 'love' by a total child, a little bitter and myopic.. i wanted to like it but it just frustrated me! : )

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Have you read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell? Do.

Kate! said...

I kinda love having a stack of books waiting for me because I get so sad when I'm not reading something good! My sister and I live really far apart, but we read a book together each month, just to keep a common thread between us. The best books we've read so far have been Beloved by Tony Morrison and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Both kinda dark, but surprisingly so good.

Linda said...

I'm reading 1Q84! So far so good :) I also really liked his other book "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle". It's shorter & slightly less intimidating than 1Q84.

Shoko said...

Natasha, that's so interesting - can't wait to read it and see what I think!

Bikbik & Roro, I haven't! But I'll definitely look it up.

Kate, that is so sweet! I loved Beloved, too. Anything by Toni Morrison is great.

Linda, we'll have to discuss when I read it!

Lisa said...

I've been following your blog for quite a while now, but haven't been a very active commenter so far. I hope to change that - I adore your blog!

We too have piles of books stacked against our bedroom walls. I love the look of it, and although we have bookshelves, there is no room for all of the books we have collected over the years. Lately, I've been reading a lot of non-fiction, but one of the fictional books I want to read soon is Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Thanks for all your inspiration!

Panda Head said...

"life" is great - keith richards is so salty! if you like music biographies/autobiographies i definitely recommend "here there everywhere: my life recording the music of the beatles" by geoff emerich.
annnnnd i just finished (read: TORE THROUGH) the first of the hunger games series. NO SHAME IN THAT GAME.

sharmin said...

Like Panda Head, I also tore through the Hunger Games. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the third book in the series and I recommend them all! Have you read "The Passage" by Justin Cronin? It reads like a movie - I hope that someone actually makes a film of it. I am going to try some of the books on your list - it looks good!

Paige said...

I have stacks of books all over the place even though I own a perfectly good bookcase (it is filled to the brim).

I just finished "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Shoko said...

Lisa, thank you! I am so glad you like the blog, and it means so much to me that you took the time to comment. I love the look of stacked books, too, and yes - I've heard so much about the Hunger Games series. I'm curious!

Panda Head, thanks so much for the recommendation! I LOVE music biographies and haven't read that one yet.

Sharmin, I haven't heard of "The Passage" but I'm adding it to my list now! Thank you!

Paige, I've seen "Little Bee" in the store and I've always wondered about it - it has such a cute cover :)

Lisa Yang said...

Just saw The Descendents and cried like a baby. I'd love to read the book! I use books as little tables on my wardrobe. I loved "Shadow in the Wind" -carlos Ruiz Zafon and "The book of lost things"-John Connolly (fairy tales for adults=fun and at times super creepy!)

trishie said...

I have my books stacked on the floor too because i've run out of room on the bookshelves. I'm currently reading lolita.

Shoko said...

Lisa Y, I love the idea of books as tables. So great. And fairytales for adults sound right up my alley!

Trishie, Lolita's been on my list forever, but I still haven't gotten to it yet! Have you liked it so far?

ever ours said...

you must must must read "the fault in our stars" by john green.

Anonymous said...

Hello "little Bee" is a very well written-sad-sad and at parts very upsetting story. What was written still haunts me.
I have a great recommendation though, "The Marriage Plot"

Shoko said...

Lydia and Anon, thank you! Will check out those books ASAP. Anonymous, I read "The Marriage Plot" last year and liked it a lot. Have you read "Middlesex"? It's even better!

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