from the Stacks:April

Part of the function of this blog for me has been to let it serve as an easily navigable (is that a word?) ‘life’ journal. Not in any epic sense of the word, ‘life,’ that is! Rather, it is an easy way to document the really ‘mundane’ parts of my life, parts which in some instances I adore but routinely lose sight of. Hence, my decision a while back to include more posts about things I love. This post falls under things I Love, without question,  AND functions as the opening post of a reorganization of sorts. A reorganization of what, you’ve not asked?

Books. I’ve mentioned, ad nauseum, that I love to read. This is still true. The means by which I’ve talked about books in this blog have varied over the course of the last year and while that has been sufficient I recently encountered (Read:read) a ‘system’ of book journalling that I LOVE. So, I’m stealing it.

In his collection of articles, Shakespeare Wrote For Money, Nick Hornby organized his columns monthly into two categories, Books I’ve Bought and Books I’ve Read. After each list, he proceeded to explain the draws or detriments of each of the books he read, or, not. Actually, in any number of articles he just writes about whatever he wants to write about-the world cup, his paranoid(?) oppression by the ‘man’ (which may be more widely recognized as his ‘editors’), etc. While I can only hope to have the voice and the wit of Hornby someday I can have his system of organization, RIGHT NOW! (Well, an adaptation of his system anyway.)

Hornby has “Books Bought” and I’m guessing more disposable income than I. So, my column will be ‘Books Bought, Got or Borrowed.’ The secondary column is straight forward enough: ‘Books Read.’ I also, hereby, reserve the right to utilize a third column to mention books* that are on my ‘Radar.’ A part of my book compulsion is that sometimes books or at least the idea of certain books will attach themselves to the nether regions of my brain and then worm their way over a period of time (sometimes extended, often times instantaneously) to the fore front at which point they MUST be read. Or, at least bought/got/borrowed.

There you have it. The new book discussion layout, for me. I imagine these posts will be written monthly as it  a.)lets me off the hook for trying to keep up on book posts in real-time; and b.) ‘locks’ me into a regular routine of tracking the shi…er, books I’ve been reading.

Having prattled on about all that!

from the Stacks:April

 

Books Bought, Got, or Borrowed

 The Blue Day Book: A Lesson In Cheering Yourself Up.
     -Bradley Trevor Greive
China In The Tokugawa World
     -Marius B. Jansen
Bite Me & Island of The Sequined Love Nun
     -Christopher Moore
Shakespeare Wrote for Money
     -Nick Hornby
Scarpetta & The Scarpetta Factor
     -Patricia Cornwell
 MAO: The Unknown Story
     -Jung Chang
The Meadow
     -James Galvin
Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir
     -Sue William Silverman
Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and The Arts
     -Clive James
Around the Year With Emmet Fox
     -Emmet Fox
Vegan With a Vengeance
     -Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Slash Limited Edition Collectors Pack Magazine
     -Various Contributors
Page After Page
     -Heather Sellers
The Lovely Bones   
-Alice Sebold
 

 

Books Read

The Blue Day Book: A Lesson In cheering Yourself Up.

     -Bradley Trevor Greive

Island of The Sequined Love Nun

-Christopher Moore

Shakespeare Wrote for Money

-Nick Hornby

Scarpetta & The Scarpetta Factor

-Patricia Cornwell

Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir

 -Sue William Silverman

Around the Year With Emmet Fox

 -Emmet Fox

Vegan With a Vengeance

  -Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Slash Limited Edition Collectors Pack Magazine

-Various Contributors

Page After Page

-Heather Sellers

The Lovely Bones 

-Alice Sebold

Not going to say to much on the content of any of these books as this is the inaugural post and absurdly long as it is. It should be noted that April is my belly button birthday month so several of the books I ‘picked up’ were gifts. It should also be noted that I did not include in either list program literature, i.e. Big Book, How Al-Anon Works, The 12 & 12, Courage to Change, Hope for Today or Reflections-all of which get read every month/week/day. I’ll not run the litany of the aforementioned every month but the tone of anything else I might share in a given month will relate whether or not I’ve been getting to my reading! So, there it is. Oh, and last but not least…

On Radar 

The Mindful Way Through Depression:
 Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

-Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and The Arts

 -Clive James

 

 

 

*Note: ‘Books’ may well be blogs, articles, magazines, etc.

 

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