Monday, February 7, 2011


i've never read good, 
but that was partly because i didn't have the patience to find anything good to read.
who wants to read when you can eat? or watch tv? or play on the jungle gym?
but these days, with streets too slippery for a bicycle,
and an entire world of angry birds that took but three days to beat,
what else is a girl to do on the subway??
{or during the hour of just violas and winds, please, starting at measure three}
so here's what i've read recently:

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time
mark haddon
it might make you think that you're autistic,
or for a temporary time think and talk in a very literal,
and relentlessly detail-oriented manner,
but the cover is a beautiful bright orange, and it is a yummy novel.

this is water
david foster wallace
it's not a book, it's a speech, and here it is
if you're stressed because the costco bag of potstickers that you were on the fence about buying in the first place expired before you could even eat a third of them, or if you missed every single one of the 36 grace notes in your big solo note in rehearsal today, read it. 

water for elephants
sara gruen
sigh. so, so, so sweet. and lovable. 
and not in that girly way, because one of my friends who is extremely macho and nicknamed squanto had no reservations in telling me that he is in love with this book. 


i'm on the market for more books, now. 
i tried the poisonwood bible
but now i am only reading it because i feel bad for spending moneys on it.
so i need another one now.

oh, and what is that sandwich you ask?
why it's a grilled gruyere and grammy smith apple on ciabatta sandwich! 
served with sierra nevada pale ale mustards, of course.



Emily said...

dude that looks heavenly!
and i would check out a tree grows in brooklyn. it's lovely.

ju said...

i've recently been encouraged to try on some fiction, having a very predictable habit of not trusting a book of fiction by its cover the way i feel i can with nonfiction..."freedom" by jonathan franzen, came highly recommended, and was very well written, but a little to male-centric for my habitually feminist-injected brain (the most common topic of my nonfiction escapades...). now i'm enjoying "a heartbreaking work of staggering genius" by dave eggers, and find it much more palatable, more like david sedaris-- it is heartbreaking, but also very funny and insightful. oh, and i'm also reading peter pan. clever clever little book!! XO.

Sara Szatmary said...

I will take the sandwich-- stat!

If you want another fun book to sink into I HIGHLY recommend "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" and "little bee." Both amazing and totally engrossing.

Katy Mary said...

What For Elephants was amazing, I loved that book. I recently read The Help by Kathryn Stockett, good read and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, also very interesting and a little sciency. The last lecture is also a really really good book.

Kimbirdy said...

i never really have time to read for fun, but i love to when i get the chance. i used to commute by bus and it was such great reading time. water for elephants is next on the list!

Evie said...

Loved Water For Elephants! I actually loved Poisonwood Bible too, but could see how it is not for everyone! Have you read "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamante? or Power of One by Bryce Courtenay? or for some delicious semi-fluffy but still entertaining reading "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon....

I need a new book too!

la petite coquine said...

Never Let Me Go, Reading Lolita in Tehran, anything by F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and the Elegance of the Hedgehog are some of my favorites, and absolutely worth a read. Also fascinating, although a little uncomfortable (at least for musicians) is Musicophilia by Oliver Sachs-all about music and the brain.

Mo Pie, Please said...

That sandwich looks great! I loved the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Such a great insight to an autistic mind. And reading is perfect for the subway!

Charlotte said...

That sandwich looks like the bomb. yum yum yum.

I loved "Curious Incident" but then again, I teach special education.

Here is a list of my favorite books in 2010:

Here is a list of some of my favorites, in general:

Helen said...

I have yet to get into mustard. The horror, I know! So let's trade favorites. My favorite books: What is the What by Dave Eggars, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rynd. Your turn!What's your favorite mustard?

{lovely little things} said...

Craving that sandwich...
I tried to read Poisonwood Bible too, no such luck here.

Anonymous said...

Ok are 2 of my favorites...Like Water for Chocolate, Love in the Time of Cholera. But if you have never read Breakfast at Tiffany's...well go at that 1st... Oh & wait another one just entered (what is left of) my mind...Somewhere in Time. .it takes place in NYC...
xox auntie

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