One of my resolutions for 2009 was to read more books, so I’m keeping a tally here of those finished and “in progress”… let me know if you have any suggestions!
*DONE AND DONE*
1. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
I love Wally Lamb, so I was excited to finally see him put out a new book. It’s a great, heavy read (both size and storyline) based on two fictional Columbine faculty members and how their lives are affected by the tragedy. Not my favorite of his books, but definitely worth a read.
2. The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
This is a very brief little novella- you can easily read it in a day or two- but the character development is so interesting. The main character suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and the book follows him as he struggles to establish relationships and live a “normal” life. And of course Steve Martin is very, very funny.
3. Candy Freak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, by Steve Almond
Fun read, but not as lighthearted as I imagined it would be. Lots of obscure candy references (Twin Bing? Idaho Spud?), but also a sad take on the decline of small family businesses in America. Oh, and it WILL make you hungry.
4. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
This book was entertaining, but I think my mother-in-law hit the nail on the head when she said that one or two Jodi Picoult books are depressing enough for a lifetime. And this would be #2 for me.
5. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
FABULOUS. This is how I wish I could write. And not only is it a wonderful, touching read, but each chapter is followed by one or two personal recipes.
6. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
It was okay. Some of the stories were funny, but some made it seem like she was trying too hard to be David Sedaris.
7. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
Confession: This was the second time I’d read this. But it’s THAT good. It’ll make you want to move to NYC and become a food critic… it will also make you very, very hungry.
8. Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be by Rebecca Eckler
Amusing, but kind of scary once you realize that this is NON fiction. See: smoking while pregnant, elective c-sections…
9. Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
This is the sequel to Good in Bed, which I LOVED. Sadly, this is not nearly as good. The main character who was so quirky and funny in the first book just seems frumpy and boring now.
10. Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster
Jen Lancaster is always funny. This book is probably my least favorite of the four, but definitely still worth reading. Gotta love the footnotes.
11. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
LOVED it. Such a creative, sweet story. I was sad when it was over and can’t wait for the movie.
12. Away by Amy Bloom
Another book club choice. It was a really fast read and an interesting story (Russian immigrant believes her daughter is dead, finds out that she isn’t, and sets off to find her), but the ending was disappointing.
13. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
I used to love Jennifer Weiner books, especially Good In Bed and Little Earthquakes. Now they just seem really predictable. This was my least favorite yet.
14. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
Cute, light read about an aging Food Network-type star who worries about being replaced by a younger star. The beginning was great and I loved the food… but the ending was a little lame.
15. More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin
I love personal stories followed by recipes- like this and the Molly Wizenberg memoir. It made me want to start canning my own jam.
16. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
Quick read about a matchmaking service in India. Cute story with a happy ending- and it was interesting to read about different castes and arranged marriages.
17. Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser
Another great foodie read. This one is particularly interesting because it details a relationship- from a blind date to a wedding- through food. AND it includes recipes.
18. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I don’t know why it took me so long to read this. Great book! The story of life in the circus around the early 1930′s.
*WORKING ON IT*
Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
Toy Monster by Jerry Oppenheimer