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.


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.

hmd said...

I recently read and reviewed "The Green Year"

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.

hmd 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