Monday, March 9, 2009

Monday Roundup

The cute guy and I have started haunting the library after work on Mondays. It's an old building with arched wooden framed windows, a door that creaks and hard covered books from a time when there were no pictures on the cover. We carry home poetry, pages of images, books we think we might want to read or ordered; books that we wonder what the hell were we thinking. And then we carry them back. It's a privilege.

And finally after so many months of barely reading I devoured a book that I plan on reviewing this week, Finding Beauty in a Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams. I loved the book but even more I loved remembering the magic of getting lost in a good read, of letting the routine go, of learning something new, of getting inside an author's head and going where they take me. Another privilege.

Second best only to what I manage to read is reading reviews of the books I'd like to read or know I'll never read but want to know about. It makes the library and the bookstore juicier recognizing a title and then flipping through it, often bringing it home while remembering a blogger's enthusiasm. Or the other side, setting it back on the shelf with a nod of agreement remembering a tepid commentary.

What's going on in your reading life? Have you gotten lost in a good book? Learned something new? And new reviews to lure us to the library or bookstore?

Let us know. Books are even better when they're shared.

8 comments:

JAM said...

I just read Food Matters, by Mark Bittman. Before I read it I thought I'd do a review on it, but after reading it I think a comment will suffice! Vaguely interesting - the basic premise is to be mostly vegan before dinner with an emphasis on fresh foods and not too much pasta or bread (whole grain only in any case) and then eat what you want within reason for dinner, but still no processed or junk foods. He lost a ton of weight doing this, and found that he eats much less meat at dinner even though he "can" since his tastes have changed. Well, I stopped eating meat last summer, have been totally not missing it, basically eat only fruits, veggies and whole grains and very few processed foods, and I have lost a big fat whopping zero pounds. When I am super careful to cut back on portions (which he says you don't need to do) I can lose a few pounds, so I know what I need to do - I'm not complaining, but I felt his book was an oversimplification. And maybe for a guy (my husband lost 15 lbs when I stopped cooking meat) who ate more junk that kind of change would be more helpful. For me, since I already don't eat meat and limit processed foods, there wasn't a whole lot in there. But it's an interesting read (definitely a one or two nighter - not long unless you're the type to linger over recipes) and if you want to make some changes to your diet but not severe changes it would be good to do.

Donna said...

I just brought home Big Box Swindle from the library. I skimmed the intro and am already hooked!

kale for sale said...

Jam - Thank you for the overview of Food Matters. I've picked it up but couldn't find a place to land in a quick skim which is my test. I'll give it another look with your review in mind but suspect I'll simply nod in agreement. I do like reading Mr. Bittman in the NYT times though.

Donna - I'm not at all surprised you're already hooked after reading Green's Bean's review of it. It sounds like a good one.

Green Bean said...

Woot! Reeled in Donna. Can't wait to read your thoughts on it, Donna! I think it is the kind of book that warrants more than one review so I do hope more folks review it.

As to me, I'm reading another green housekeeping book called - Mrs. Meyer's clean home. Plan to review it next month and do a giveaway.

Heather @ SGF said...

I recently read and reviewed "The Green Year"

http://simple-green-frugal.blogspot.com/2009/03/green-year-book-review-and-giveaway.html

kale for sale said...

Heather - I hadn't heard of The Green Year and loved the tip on keeping dogs from digging in the garden. I also liked that the book is broken down into quick and easy sections. Here's a live link to your review and Chile will link you in the review sections. Thank you.

Heather @ SGF said...

Cool. Thanks!

Going Crunchy said...

Hear! Hear! Chimes in the Librarian. I'm a sucker for anything that leads in with a story about traipising into the Library...... Shannon