Encyclopedia of Me Monday: B is for…

What else~Books!

They excite me, inspire me, inform me, invigorate me, relax me, distract me from worries, and keep me company when I’m alone. My love affair with books began a when I was very small, and will last as long as I hold a book in front of me and read the words.

There are always at least two, sometimes three books piled on my nightstand~or more accurately, scattered throughout the house and even in my car! (Don’t worry, I never read while driving, although I’ve been known to catch a paragraph or two at particularly long stop lights or stuck in a traffic jam.) I’ve usually got a novel going, along with a non-fiction book or two, plus at least one book on writing. Currently, my reading life is getting out of hand -in addition to all of the above, I’ve got some background material books to help me with revisions on my novel.

I’ve been keeping a book journal since 1996, a list of all the books I read during a month, with a “top 10” review at the end of the year. Occasionally, I’ll look back to certain time periods and see what I was reading, which author was helping me get through a stressful time, or what characters were celebrating with me when things were good.

Here’s what’s been on my list this summer:

  • Sisters of My Heart, Vine of Desire, The Uncommon Errors of Our LivesChitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Echoes of the DanceMarcia Willett
  • The River QueenMary Morris
  • The DivideNicholas Evans
  • The Post Birthday WorldLionel Shriver
  • The Emperor’s ChildrenClaire Messeud
  • The Chinese ChefNicole Moins
  • Shaggy MusesMaureen Adams
  • The Shoe QueenAnna Davis
  • Stormy WeatherPaulette Jiles
  • The Revenge of the Kudzu DebutantesCathy Holt
  • It’s Always SomethingGilda Radner
  • Eat, Pray, LoveElizabeth Gilbert
  • The Right to WriteJulia Cameron
  • On Writing WellWilliam Zinsser

Update: Just got home from my monthly trip to the library, and what a haul! Here’s what I grabbed up…

  • One For the MoneyJanet Evanovich. Lots of people have been recommending her Stephanie Plum mystery series, so I got one in paperback to read on my next plane trip
  • Kabul Beauty SchoolDeborah Rodriguez
  • The MaytreesAnnie Dillard
  • Sheer AbandonPenny Vincenzi. I’ve been waiting for this one…this British author has a series of big, fat, historical family sagas that I can’t put down
  • Peony In LoveLisa See
  • Keeping the HouseEllen Baker
  • The Water’s LovelyRuth Rendell

Can’t you tell how excited I am??? I admit it~I’m a pathetic book-a-holic 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Encyclopedia of Me Monday: B is for…

  1. No surprise here 😉 It’s interesting that you keep a separate book journal; I tend to just make mention in my regular daily journal and include lines or paragraphs that speak to my heart for one reason or another. Often I will come back to those passages because they continue to call to me–a lesson to be learned, thoughts on relationships, etc.

    How is your revision going? I wasn’t sure if you were going to tackle that.

  2. A book journal is a wonderful idea Becca. I try and remember titles of fantastic books I’ve read and I draw blanks.

    I will pick out a book and if it gets my attention in the first three chapters, my world disappears. I do not stop to eat or chat until done. I must have good timing to read. 🙂

    XXOO

    P.S. I wish you had time to give us a book review. I have trouble picking out good books.

  3. This is a diverse list of books I need to branch out and read more variety. I’ve never kept track of what I’ve read. It’s a good idea, though. Good for you.

  4. Oh! I know now who to ask!! It is fabulous that you can fit so much reading in your life. Definitely something I aspire to do! Thanks for the inspiration, Becca. 😉

  5. Hi Becca-
    I too am a book junkie. What a wonderful world it is to be a part of. I randomly keep lists here and there of what I read, but need to keep an official journal. I think I will start tomorrow.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Have you read Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Rosenthal-it’s a must read!!!

  6. Ooh, I like the idea of keeping a separate book journal. I always forget the salient points of what I read, alas.

    So many of those books look wonderful…here’s another one to add to your pile, “The Artful Edit” but Susan Bell. I am reading it now, and can say it’s a fabulous book on the revision process. Highly recommended.

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