book·ish : My To-Read List

Do you remember my goal list for 2012? Reading more was one of my goals, and I've stuck with it pretty well. I wanted to read an average of a book per month. I know other people who devour books on a weekly basis, but my schedule doesn't allow for that, sadly. 

I read Bird by Bird in January/February and Blue Like Jazz in February/March. I just wrapped up Great House, which held some enlightening and intuitive passages, but I am now ready for a change of pace.

On my way home from work today I finally snagged a copy of A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. It's one of those that always seems to be checked out, but today was my lucky day. There are still a few others on my waiting list that I can never seem to catch, like The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, or On the Road by Jack Kerouac. 

After this I think I'll either read Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott or The Writing Life by Annie Dillard. 

So. What are you reading right now?




1. (of a person or way of life) Devoted to reading and studying rather than worldly interests.
2. (of language or writing) Literary in style or allusion.
3. (of art and all manner of lovely things) devoted to the written word as a form of art and as a way of seeing the world.
4. (of SheWritesandRights.blogspot.com) anything of the aforementioned characteristics as they arefound on the interwebs and reposted by Bethany, because bookish and writerly things always give reason for amusement.


Beth said...

Currently reading "The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler. I'm about half way through! :D
Next up is "The Looking Glass War" by John Le Carre. And, if I've the time, something by Graham Greene will be after that.

HopefulLeigh said...

I'm newly into Tana French. I read her second book first so I'm reading the first one, In the Woods, now. I'm also finally- finally!- reading Shauna Nequist's Cold Tangerines. I've meant to read it since savoring Bittersweet almost 2 years ago but I think the timing of reading it now is more perfect. I also started The Writing Life but I'm going to take it slow.

Melissa said...

Now... well, I'm just reading for school.  But Bird by Bird is one of my favorites, and I have The Marriage Plot for when school is done.  Can't wait to hear what you think of your upcoming picks!

Jim Woods said...

Okay Bethany, I'm not TRYING to copy your book list, but I kinda am. First Bird by Bird and then Blue Like Jazz. Obviously I have good taste, right? :) haha. You would really like A Million Miles in A Thousand Years too I think. 

Pilar Arsenec said...

That is a great list! I am a book blogger and right now I am reading Loving Well by William P. Smith to review. So far I am enjoying it.

Chris Ciolli said...

I'm reading the return of Sherlock Holmes. But I read more than I can really afford to....since I'm a freelancer, my boss won't fire me, but if I spent as much looking for leads on new projects as reading, I'd probably be much better-off financially. If you want to read with someone, last month I signed up to read a book with the web-master of readlearnwrite.com. It was really fun, and made me reflect more on what I read, I highly suggest it to anyone wanting to read more, or reflect more on what they read.

Meredith Miller said...

Finishing 'In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite'--first time I've ever read a cookbook.  And wrapped up with '7' by Jen Hatmaker. 'Bird by Bird' in on the list--I feel like recently, more than ever, I hear writers who insist upon it for other writers.  And I may read 'Circle Maker' next, at the recommendation of a good friend.

Emily Miller said...

I also am making it a point this year to read a book a month, which, yeah, is a challenge on my schedule, too. :/ So far I've done January: "Eat, Memory." February: The entire Hunger Games trilogy. March: "Blue Like Jazz." And this month I'm reading "Shadow Tag" by Louise Erdrich. I'm trying to alternate fiction and nonfiction because, left to my own devices, I'd only read nonfiction, and sometimes my brain needs the escape from always processing, to pure, engrossing, forget-about-the-rest-of-the-world-for-a-bit story.

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