Friday, October 27, 2006

Books I'm reading

U2 by U2: This is huge and I'll be reading it off an on for the rest of my life.

Little House in the Ozarks: Darla posted on her blog about books she loved as a kid and it brought back a yen for a Little House book. I found this in the kid's section at the library. It is a collection of all of Laura's articles and writings for farm magazines before the Little House books were ever published. It is refreshing to read the thoughts and perspectives of a woman who lived a long life through massive changes in our country. Her books were tremendously formative for me, and I even joked not long ago, that I watched Little House so much on tv, I felt like Charles and Caroline were my parents too. I've begun just lately to realize that not everyone has the longing to own their own land, grow their own food, and just generally be self-supporting. I imagine all of their moving about made it easier for me to move so many times, just like Anne of Green Gables made it a not-abnormal thing in my mind to adopt a child. You never know what ideas a book may fill your mind with. I'm greatly enjoying these articles and they make me feel creative and industrious, like it really does matter how I toil away at my little projects.

The Girlfriend's Guide to Getting Your Groove Back: Vicky Iovine's books have always amused me. She's not a Christian and it is interesting to have open access to her perspective (and lots of other women's) that their kids come first...before their husbands. It's no wonder I feel wierd and wildly out of place in my little world ...I just have much different priorities. It's hard living in these cokie-cutter suburbs, feeling so very different about so many things and feeling the pressure to conform. I hate it. I will not buy a mini-van or conventional furniture or sign my kids up for any activity that infringes on family dinner--and you can't make me.

Miscellaneous decorating books: heads up, Hubby, I feel a major work-space shuffle coming on.

6 comments:

Amber said...

How do you find the time to read?! :)

When I find time to, or when I'm in the mood to, I read the book "Captivating". Have you read that one yet? I think you would enjoy it. Check it out, if you haven't already!

gerbmom said...

never say never...........
As for reading? The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. :)

courtney said...

Julie and Julia (thanks Ash!) I think I may have found my twin. Ness, you'd love my neighbor when it comes to Laura I W--she's such a fan, she named her daughter after her! I totally understand your feelings on taking a stand against going with the crowd on how to raise your kids--try explaining to people that you'll sacrifice your entire career in order to not put your kid in daycare. People think I'm a freak or an idiot--esp. since all the people I have to explain it to are men who haven't spent time with their kids since they got into the culinary arts! But, minivans aren't so bad--esp. when they're paid for! Oh! 'nother good book for perspective is "First Mothers" which explores the relationships between former presidents and their mothers--really interesting read.

ness said...

Amber, don't be too impressed. I was hanging around the libary waiting for thrift stores to open and figured I might as well get a book ;)

I actually started Captivating a couple of times, but I guess I failed to be...oh no, here comes a bad one...captivated.

Karen, you read cool stuff.

Somebody else was reading Julia and Julie...can't think who....

courtney said...

Ash read it first thats why I got it for my birthday from her. I had it done in 3 days, which is saying alot since I'm pretty freakin' busy.

ash said...

check out julie powell's blog at juliepowell.blogspot.com.... she's awesome! i think i'll have a gimlet right now : )

i'm presently reading "a confederacy of dunces" but only after i'm done with whatever seasonal store catalogue came in the mail for the day...i love the holidays!

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