Friday, May 6, 2011

reading list

so, my spring/summer reading list is growing and growing. i have become a regular at my library again (i feel like i am 13 again, getting Nancy Drew and Babysitter Club)
here is the list of what i have been/am/will be reading this spring/summer

I am re-reading this classic. But i am doing it rather leisurely. its just so...long. My solution has been listening to the audiobook (iphone has a free audiobook app, where you can get some of the classics for free.)

this book is amazing. I read it in a night.
Rob Sheffield is a writer for Rolling Stone. the book is the story of him and his wife Renee (who has passed away). Music is what brought them together, and music is what helped him keep her memory alive after she died. He speaks so sweetly of her. I laughed at lot, but cried a lot too (she died suddenly of an aneurysm)

i already mentioned this one. It is crazy good. I  took a while going through it, but LOVED it.

Super interesting. It pretty much give the back-story to a lot of popular (and not-so popular) songs about girls. Some of them are well known stories, some were ones i have always wondered about. If you like music, especially classic rock... you will love this book
(that last line made me feel like i was on Reading Rainbow)

I just started this yesterday, and I already love it.
It took me a while to get into the reading pattern of her speech (this is narrated by a black maid in the 60s)
it is being made into a movie, so i am trying to get through it quickly so i can see it

my guilty pleasure. I accidentally read the 2nd book (Something Blue) of this series first. So i already know how it ends. But since the movie is coming out (which I will probably RedBox) i thought i should go ahead and read it. It is a quick read (I read 4 chapters last night in about 45 minutes) so i will probably have it done tonight. But sometimes my brain needs a book i don't have to think about.

i have a few i am waiting to get. unfortuantly since they are so popular, i will be waiting a while.

everyone is talking about this series. they all try to explain it and i am totally clueless on what it is about. but they all promise i will like it. comparing it to Twlight. So hopefully i will get to start soon

I CANNOT WAIT for this to get here. On the back of the book Tina writes: "Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman"
that alone is hilarious. and she also wrote a prayer for her daughter:

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.
May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her. When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels.

What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, That she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a B*** in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that S***. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.
“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.


anyway... that is what i am reading/wanting to read/already read.
let me know if you have any book suggestions. Summer is my reading time. I don't know why, since i don't have anymore free time than usual, but it is.

i shall leave you with some Ryan Adams. Because anytime is good Ryan Adams time.

and this.


Bethany said...

There's this book called "Ramblings: the autobiography of Goldilocks"... haven't read it yet, but I've heard its pretty good ;)

Hello There. said...

Love your blog! Man, I haven't read Fahrenheit 451 in years. Would love to revisit it. Hopefully I would appreciate it much more. I saw Something Borrowed without reading the book and I just know the book was probably waaay better. It felt like I was missing something since I didn't read it first. Also, I heard The Help was amazing!
I myself am a bit of Jane Austen junkie so I have been reading novels themed around some of her titles.
Anyway, this comment is way too long, but I just had to tell you, I too love avocados and diet coke! :)