Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I am either delusional or an eternal optimist

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?


Alisha said...

I would be embarrased to say exactly how many books are in my "to read" pile. a few i am working on:

Shopping our way to Safety
Keats poetry collection (it's poetry month)
The Original Fast Foods (a cookbook/health book. interesting, often yummy, but very involved recipes; i think they missed the "Fast" part.) :)

Mrs. Organic said...

I have skimmed through that last title and it's an interesting read, but where is the 'fast' in most of those recipes?

Adria Sha said...

I've been meaning to write a post about my stack! I am not feeling nearly so guilty now that I know I'm not the only one. Only you will probably get around to reading yours and I won't.

Please tell me what you think of the gluten free book.

Mrs. Organic said...

I think I read most books about 2/3 of the way and only the really deserving ones get finished. I'm ok with that. There's lots of good stuff out there and I grossly underestimate how much time it takes to read it all.

I will let you know on the gluten-free book.

And I don't think I'm done with the family blogging bits, I'm just trying to decide if using monikers is really necessary or if I should just let it all hang out.

Elizabeth-W said...

So, you're going to have these done by May 1st, right? ;)
You've got a great list.

Mrs. Organic said...

maybe may 1 of 2009...:)

The Lazy Organizer said...

The kids and I just finished listening to Animal Farm. It was a fun listen! Then we did The Old Man and the Sea and now we're listening to The Pearl. I love books on cd for the van. It makes traveling so much more fun and gives us time to get to books that we really want to read.

Lammy said...

I read angle of repose, animal farm and shell seekers... I'd be interested to hear what you think about them.

My stack is piled high (as per usual)
The Agony & The Ecstacy
Dandelion Wine
Angela's Ashes
Tara Road
Snow Flower & the Secret Fan
Worth of a Soul
I just finished a series about Lehi's family... which was ok, but not great.
thanks for the list.

Mrs. Organic said...

lammy - I've read Dandelion Wine (ages ago), some of the other titles sound intriguing though.

lazy o - books on cd are the greatest thing ever

up in bubbles said...

Wow let me know what you think of any you finish. I am always looking for a good one. I checked out a bunch a moosewood books at the library I never tried any but would love to see if you like any that you try. Any good recepies are very welcome this direction.