Book Log 2014

Books read in 2004: 21
Books read in 2005: 28
Books read in 2006: 40
Books read in 2007: 30
Books read in 2008: 41
Books read in 2009: 22
Books read in 2010: 44
Books read in 2011: 28
Books read in 2012: 31
Books read in 2013: 8
Books read in 2014: 13

Honestly, if it weren’t for reading to my kids, I almost don’t think I would read anything at all.  What’s become of me?

I think it’s my change in job a couple years ago.  I used to close the door to my office-cubicle at lunch and read for an hour most days.  Now, I’m in an open layout work environment, and everybody eats lunch in the breakroom and actually talks to each other, so…. people instead of books.  Maybe that’s good?  Or just different?

I would probably make time to read if I had a book that grabbed me.  Nothing lately has really pulled me in.  I’ve been off and on reading The Optimist’s Tour of the Future, which is okay but not magnetic, and I keep forgetting I have it.

I had all sorts of plans to read La Tia Julia y El Escribidor by M. Vargas Llosa in the original spanish, but never felt up to it.  Since I don’t read at lunch, that leaves before bed after putting the kids to sleep. By that time, my brain isn’t up to constantly looking up words I don’t know and struggling with comprehension of the more poetic Spanish.  Perhaps a I need a Dick y Jane reader to warm up.

Also, I can’t find my Kindle.  I loaned it to Rocketboy, and haven’t seen it since.  It may be at camp or on a bus or who knows.  At any rate, my days of effortless downloading of the next thing to read are stalled.  Should’ve asked for a new one for Christmas, I guess.  The eInk has improved anyway, so… worth it.

At any rate, the meager list:

1. Legitimacy: The Vanilla Cycle: Volume One by M.H. Van Keuren
A novel by my good friend from my college days.  An impressive “first” work, to say the least, and a good read.

2. Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
I’m loving the Lockwood & Co. series. An alternate history with kid ghostbusters! Great Young Adult fare.

3. More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby
Huge fan of Hornby’s reading column. So glad he brought it back.

4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Bought at Malaprops in Ashville, wrapped in plain brown paper and advertised as a Blind Date with a Book. Wouldn’t have tried it on my own, glad I did.

5. The Blood of Flowers: A Novel by Anita Amirrezvani
A very good read recommended by my wife. Also not my usual fare… need to get outside my comfort zone more often, I guess.

6. Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers #2) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call (Illustrations)
Read with the kids, an excellent series that we’re all enjoying.

7. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
First book I got from my Little Free Library. A fine book, and I learned there’s a movie available on Netflix, so bonus!

8. Lockwood & Co., Book 2 The Whispering Skull  by Jonathon Stroud
Same as #2, loving the series.

9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Blah, blah, classic, blah blah.

10. The Mr. Gum series, by Andy Stanton

  • You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum
  • Mr.Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire
  • Mr. Gum and the Goblins
  • Mr. Gum and the Power Crystals
  • Mr. Gum and the Dancing Bear
  • What’s for Dinner, Mr. Gum?
  • Mr. Gum and the Cherry Tree
  • Mr. Gum and the Secret Hideout

Hilarious, perfect, couldn’t recommend more for kids.

11. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Okay fantasy, if you like them fairy tales.

12. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Love Amy Poehler. Would probably read the Federal Tax Code if she wrote it.

13. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Fascinating essays on how to go to Mars.