I’m currently in the middle of reading five books. I was in the middle of reading four, pictured above, and then I went to Barnes and Noble before work yesterday as a morning treat to myself, and ended up buying another two. I’ve already started one. I’m more or less in the middle of all of these four, with the exception of “Writers on Writing,” which I really want to like but am having a hard time getting into. The essays are only two pages or so long, so the tone of each narrative is constantly changing before you have time to adjust, and it’s really jarring. And yes, I’m reading a book about punctuation (“Eats, Shoots & Leaves”), don’t judge me.

Anyway, my to-read list is getting out of hand. I don’t really understand the compulsion to read as many books at one time as I do, but I guess that’s one of life’s mysteries, just like why Tyra Banks consistently picked girls who were “too cutesy” and then berated them for being “too cutesy” in photos. Or why Tyra Banks picked pageant queens and then acted surprised when the girls were plastic-y and rehearsed. Or why Tyra Banks did any of the questionable things she did on America’s Next Top Model (can you tell I got sucked into a marathon this week while JAMAL has been away for work? I had to offset all this reading with something mind-numbing).

I went to Barnes and Noble when they opened at 8am yesterday, and let me tell you, there is something magical and skin-tingly about wandering an empty, just-opened bookstore. There was even someone vacuuming on the 3rd floor as I was browsing. I went in with the intention of only buying “Seven Days in the Art World” and then as I was coming down the escalator, something else caught my eye.



“Paris” by Edward Rutherfurd is a whopping 806 page long behemoth. It’s beautiful. It’s an historical fiction spanning multiple centuries and I knew the moment I saw it I had to buy it. I’m waiting to finish the other five (FIVE! it’s insane!) before I dive into this one, because I have a feeling this will require a lot of my attention. Also, and I know you’re not supposed think this, it has one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen. So far, “Seven Days” is incredible. It’s an insider’s account of all aspects of the art world, including art fairs, auctions, artist critiques, and art review magazines. I am in heaven.

What are you guys reading these days? I promise I won’t rush out and buy any of your suggestions. If I buy any more books I’ll have to quit my job and sit home and read all day. NEW LIFE PLAN.

14 thoughts on “To-Read

  1. Just this morning I moved 12 books from my nightstand to the bookshelf beside our bed because I kept knocking over my water in the middle of the night. TWELVE. They’re all in the holding pattern, and in the holding pattern they stay, just out of reach (and safe from water!).

    Next up, “Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light.” (see, I’m reading about Paris too!) After that, as soon as Neel’s done, To Kill a Mockingbird. (again)

    1. TWELVE! Good lord, and I thought I had a problem. A few weeks ago I was looking at buying a new night table, some thing sleek and modern without any storage, and then realized I would have no where to stash all the books and extra candles and stuff I keep next to my side of the bed. If anything, I need something with MORE storage than the two shelves I have now. Twelve though! I’m impressed! xoxo

  2. Are you on goodreads? If not, it’s a good way to keep track of what you’re reading and what you want to read and also see what your friends are reading. If so, you should be my friend!

    1. I signed up yesterday after you left this comment! I had been avoiding signing up for one more piece of social media, given how much time I’m on the internet as it is, but it’s already been pretty helpful! I added you :) xoxo

  3. Seven Days in the Art World has been on my list for four years now – let me know how you like it. I’m currently working on Rob Lowe’s memoir. It is entertaining and surprisingly deep – so far so good

    1. I love Rob Lowe, his character on Parks & Rec is the most delightful and happiest character ever on tv. I’m only 30 pages into Seven Days in the Art World, but I’m already HOOKED. It’s incredible. The first part is a Christie’s auction and there is so much juicy drama for art world nerds already….I’m in love. You should read it! xoxo

  4. the hunger games (the third one, whatever that’s called)… i’m pretty much a one book at a time kinda girl… unless i get so bored reading a particular book that i forget i’ve already started it & then i move on to something else… i like getting lost in characters & their adventures too much to flit… also, my brain wouldn’t cope! ;)

    1. Haha, that happened to me most recently with the new JK Rowling book. I got a few hundred pages in and then just got so bored with the whole thing I put it down and never bothered to pick it back up. It read like a bad episode of EastEnders with all these lame, stereotypical characters. Ugh. I always have a twinge of sadness when I don’t like a book. I want to like everything! xoxo

  5. I absolutely loved Eats, Shoots and Leaves – just my kind of book. I’m also a fan of Paris and books set in Paris and I’ve just finished John Baxter’s The Most Beautiful Walk in the World – wonderful. The cover of the Edward Rutherfurd book makes me want to read it!

    1. I love John Baxter!! Have you read his other book, “We’ll Always Have Paris”? It’s great, it’s another book in the same vein as “The Most Beautiful Walk in the World,” a Parisian history but this time detailing the history of sex and love in the city’s culture. It’s fantastic! I actually picked up “The Most Beautiful…” on the way home from seeing “Midnight in Paris” when it came out. I happened to stop into the bookstore on the way back from the theater, and there that book was, on a table by the front. It was too serendipitous to not buy! xoxo

  6. the cover on that paris book makes me want to read it even if i never read all the 800+ pages inside. it is so very pretty. i have a stack of about 20 books next to my couch and about 10 by my bed. ones i pull out of my bookcases so i don’t forget they are there. right now i am reading the second book in the game of thrones, but i am only getting through about 10 pages everyday this week. at this rate and with my busyness level it will probably be awhile before i finish it. (i want to read eats, shoots & leaves too!) xoxo

    1. I’m so glad you do this, too! I take books off my bookshelf and keep them by my bed for “safe keeping” so I don’t forget to read them, like that could even happen. I feel better knowing they’re close to me, haha, how weird is that? I’m impressed you’re reading Game of Thrones, those books are massive and filled with lots of characters and details! We’re almost done watching the first season, but I can’t imagine trying to read them. xoxo

  7. I’m almost done with Bird by Bird. That Anne Lamott is high-larious! On writing groups: “At worst, they will suggest that you have no visible talent whatsoever and should not bother writing anything ever again, even your name.” Even your name! Love her wit and sarcasm. The cover on the Paris book is beautiful. I can see why you couldn’t resist it. Oh, and to echo Ruth, I would love to know what you think of Seven Days in the Art World when you’re done. Aw, so many books, so little time. (Annnd I’ve just added Eat, Shoots & Leaves to my growing list.)

    1. Hahaha, I’m glad you’re liking it! That makes me so happy :) Just wait until you get to the end with the section on libel. I actually laughed out loud so hard I had to put the book down and I just collapsed into giggles. You’ll know the exact thing I’m talking about when you read it. I’m laughing now just thinking about it. She’s great, isn’t she?

      When I finish E,S & L I’ll send it to you! We have to keep up our bookswap somehow ;) xoxo

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