Tuesday, September 1, 2009

my autumn reading list

Let me start out by saying that i cannot believe that it is September. wow.

Last night i spent the evening tying up the loose ends of August. i never get around to my end of the month tasks if the end of the month is midweek. i was so very proud of myself...especially for a monday night. but i did, which means tonight i can relax, catch up on my google reader and post about all the books I'm planning on reading this autumn.

So let this post be known as my fall reading list post.

Currently i am reading a few different books.
I typically try to keep my book reading to only one book at a time, with a few exceptions.
But i have broken my rule, as i am accustomed to doing and have three books started on my nightstand, as well as my bible, as i type this on the couch.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana deRosnay - I have just started this novel, but it is the story of a Jewish family in France during the holocaust. It came highly recommended by my grandmother, dad and others, so i have begun to read it with high expectations

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir by Elizabeth McCrackon - A few months ago, i heard McCrackon on NPR talking about her new memoir. It is the story of the loss of a child. Of her first child, as they were living as writers in France. I'm not sure what drew me to this book, but after getting it from the library on Saturday, I am almost 3/4 of the way through. A poignant retelling of loss in the most beautiful of language, it has been captivating from the first short chapter.

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler - I read a book review of this collection online a few weeks ago, and quickly requested it from the library. It is a collection of essays by chefs and writers on what they eat and cook when eating alone. A fascinating look lonliness, and aloneness as it pertains to food.

After I finish these three books, and I've promised myself that IK will not start any other books until I do - these are the next books on my list of "to-reads" -

Someone Knows My Name (Canadian title: The Book of Negros) by Lawrence Hill
That Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngazi Adiche
I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere by Anna Geralda
The Confessions of Edward Day by Valerie Martin
The Almond Picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Mudband by Hillary Jordan
The Space Between Us byThruty Umrigar
A Happy Marriage by Rafeil Yglesias
The Time Traveler's Wife by Robert Schwentke

My list could go on and on, but let's be realistic here - this is more than enough books to get me through to winter.
What are you reading these days??? Anything worth sharing?

*photo courtesy of me - a windy library staircase in a law building in Toronto


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