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Thursday, December 1, 2011
On The Nightstand
For a reading addict, it's a bit dangerous working in the library. I read book review magazines to find out the latest and greatest, I talk with coworkers about books and then folks coming in to the library gush about the wonderful book they just read and I "must" read it too, and let's not forget about the serendipity of walking in the shelves when a book cover catches your eye. Which is why I have over 1500 books on my to-read bookshelf on Goodreads. Of course, many of those books I actually check out with plans to read and then they are on my nightstand just waiting for the right moment. Below is a random sampling from the nightstand:
The Voodoo Wave by Mark Kreidler and Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad - it's impossible for me to pass by a new surfing book. I'll never surf myself, but I love to watch and read about it whenever I can.
Food Rules by Michael Pollan with illustrations by Maira Kalman. I love all of Maira Kalman's children's books - her illustrations and text are quirky and she has a very distinctive style - you might recognize her drawings from The New Yorker as well. Lately she has taken to illustrating some serious adult nonfiction, which frankly can often use a little bit of quirk to liven things up.
I love to read first novels - there's so much promise when you find a new author that you enjoy. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens received reviews with words like "blistering," "knockout," "doesn't read like a first novel" so I can't wait to read this psychological thriller about a kidnap victim from abduction through escape.
There are more books on my nightstand, but I'll end with this one: You're a Horrible Person But I Like You: The Believer Book of Advice written by a bunch of hip, hot comedians who have no business giving anybody advice. As one review indicates, there's a high level of snark written in these answers. And sometimes even the nicest librarian enjoys a bit of snark now and then.