Books currently on my nightstand to be read (in no particular order):
1. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner - I am actually 50 pages into this book and it's the first one I've read by this author.
2. A Pattern Language - I am intrigued by this book's discussion of spaces, both public and private, as well as the philosophy and logistics behind a comfortable environment. Skipping around, reading what interests me.
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - I have still never made it all the way through this short book and am determined to do it this time. Haven't even cracked it open yet.
4. The Color of Water, A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride - this is our book club selection for April and looks very promising in terms of story and writing. I've managed to read the inside book jacket.
5. New Recipes From Moosewood Restaurant by the Moosewood Collective - EW turned me onto these cookbooks and several of the recipes are on my 'to try' list.
6. Healthy at 100 by John Robbins - While I do not agree with his stance on soy products/saturated fats and I find his writing about the long-lived cultures rather sappy and over the top, this book is an important read. I had not realized just how far we have become removed from the source of our food. Only 2 chapters left.
7. The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life and Spirit by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley - the title sounded like something I'd like and there are some beautiful photos, unfortunately the reviews state that there are quite a few mistakes in the recipes. The tips are interesting though.
8. The Real Food Daily Cookbook by Ann Gentry - a vegetarian cookbook with definite eye candy. Are you noticing a trend?
9. The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, the Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-free, Casein-free Diet - Anything that might help me concentrate and think a little better has to be worth looking into. I just wanted to see what lengths people have to go to without wheat and milk products - turns out there's still a lot of stuff you can eat.
10. Every Good Thing - I picked this up at the local library book sale and have been thumbing through it. I have enjoyed the talk "Rearing Good Parents" by James Harper because really we are not raising good children, but future parents. There were several good reminders about parenting skills to model for our children - after all, they will be some version of us when they themselves become parents.
11. The Color Code by Taylor Hartman - another book sale item. I remember taking the color code test early in my marriage, but have since forgotten about it. As a child I think I was probably more red, but as an adult I am definitely a blue with some red underpinnings - so I do not buy into the author's supposition that you are the same person always. I think having Tyler has changed me in many ways. I am a 'fixer' but as a kid I was more of a me first kinda gal. It has been interesting to reread through the book and see the characteristics that apply to people I know and those I'm related to. (EW - I wonder what your take is on this book).
12. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher - I remember seeing this as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Isn't the book always better than the movie? I thought I'd find out, but had no idea that the book was so long (nearly 700 pages).
And because I'm embarrassed to admit just how many more cookbooks are piled next to my bed, here's one I just finished
13. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather - I'm not quite sure how to explain this book except that the whole time I wanted things to be different. Her characters are very real and it feels like a slice taken right out of someone's life; those are the best kind of book. I was upset with the author for the last sliver of the book and felt like she probably ended things on too tidy and convenient a note, but my goodness the very ending was one dearly bought and paid for. The whole book speaks to the necessity of communication and honesty.
So how many books do you have piled up waiting for you to read them? Is there a book that belongs in my stack?