Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 • 6 Comments on My Summer Reading
So, I haven’t been writing much lately. Cue the ominous music. I’m slowly (very slowly) getting back to it. In the meantime, while I haven’t been doing a lot of writing I’ve been doing a lot more reading. I’m funny like that—the more I’m writing, the less I’m reading. So, I do like to take advantage of the lull in creativity and catch up on some books.
I plowed through two of the last three Laurel K. Hamilton Anita Blake books (I think I’ll wait for Skin Trade to come out in paperback) and the last two Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. It’s fun to revisit familiar characters (and after 15 Stephanie Plum books and, what?, 18 Anita Blake books, I feel like I really know the characters) even when the stories start to run together.
My waiting room book right now is Jennifer Weiner’s Little Earthquakes (about three pregnant/new moms, appropriately enough) before I delve into her new hardcover Best Friends Forever (which I just read is the NYT #1 best seller!). I scored her newest book from Simon & Schuster on Twitter during a BEA promotion in May. So I’ll be reviewing Best Friends Forever here and on Amazon.
(See, Twitter is not entirely the time waster some people think it is! Okay, it is, but you can also get free stuff. That’s something, right?)
Oh, and by “waiting room book” I mean the book that I only take with me to doctor’s appointments or wherever else I might be happen to be waiting. It gives me something to look forward to when I’m dreading the two-hour wait for a fifteen minute office visit. Am I the only one that has a special book just for waiting rooms? Please let me I’m not.
I picked up Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine (edited by Dani Klein Modisett) after my cousin sent me a link to Caroline Bicks’s hilarious essay My Date With Dr. Ferber. I’m looking forward to the wit and wisdom in this book, though I’m afraid I’m horrified by some of it (see Bicks’s essay about what a rebellious toddler can do). If nothing else, it promises to be more fun than reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
I am looking for pregnancy/motherhood/parenting book recommendations (both practical and entertaining) while I still have time to read such things. So, if there is a book I must read before this baby arrives, let me know! I’m currently reading On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep because I’m determined to have a child who sleeps better than I do! For fun, I had to buy Hatched! The Big Push from Pregnancy to Motherhood when I was at Borders yesterday. Had to. Seriously.
In anticipation of the movie, I am finally going to read The Time Traveler’s Wife. I have wanted to read this book since it came out six years ago—which is why I no longer let myself buy books in hardcover. At least this particular hardcover was a gift and not one of my many, many bookstore purchases.
That’s just a little taste of my summer reading list. There are so many books I hope to read before the busy, busy fall season—which will be even busier than usual for me. But I’m such a book nerd, I’m really looking forward to the many, many children’s books I’m going to be purchasing over the next few years!