May 25, 2017

Goodreads Update

I think I might have gone a little mad with my Goodreads To-Read shelf. I feel like I put all the books on this list. Let's see, shall we?

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - confession time: I haven't read this yet. I enjoyed the movie very much, so I am sure I will love it.

Marina by Carlos Ruis Zafon - I have loved every book Zafon has written. I didn't even know this book existed, so when I found it listed somewhere, I had to add it to my list.

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan - I have been fascinated by this author since she wrote She's Not There about her transition from male to female. This is a novel about a woman whose old college friend was convicted of murdering his wife. She knows he's innocent, but she has to tell her secrets to absolve him.

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks - This is a collection of essays on gratitude which is a topic that resonates with me. I tend to feel sorry for myself, mostly for things I did to myself, but the truth is I am very lucky. If I focus on gratitude, I feel less whiny and irritated.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher - I hear this is fabulous, especially on audio.

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body by Jessamyn Stanley - I would like to start yoga. I think it would help a lot with my stress level. And it's a think I can do at home. I don't have time to go to a gym or a class.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco - The main character is a bone witch, which means she can raise the dead. She has to leave home and train with an older bone witch to be extra strong, because war is coming.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor - I liked the other book I read by her. This one is about a shy and retiring junior librarian who dreams of investigating the lost city of Weep.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh - I saw a video of an interview with the author recently, and decided I would like to read her new book. The main character is Mariko who has had to repress her intellect and abilities because she is a girl, and her only use is to provide a political marriage. On her way to meet her betrothed, her convoy is attacked. She escapes and dresses as a boy to find her attackers.

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel - This is a fictionalized history of the French Revolution. Some of the characters are familiar (Robespierre), others less so. This was written before her massive Oliver Cromwell series.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in New China by Evan Osnos - This is about everyday people in China. I love stories about ordinary people in places very different from my place. I especially like books about China.

The Address by Fiona Davis - My book club read a book by Davis earlier this year. This one is about The Dakota, an apartment building in New York City with a long and varied history. I already have a non-fiction book on my list about The Dakota. This would be a great book to pair with that other one.

Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan - I heard about this on a Book Riot podcast. Two sisters come to America from Ireland. The younger one gets pregnant and the sisters have to decide wht to do. Decades later, the older sister calls the younger one at her convent to tell her that someone has died. The older sister's four children don't even know she has a sister. This sounds fascinating.

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse - This is the strange story of a couple who burned down hundreds of buildings in an area of Virginia that is failing economically, but used to be the richest rural county in the country. It's kind of a Bonnie and Clyde story. See? Normal people in weird circumstances.

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami - I also heard about this on a Book Riot podcast. I'm stoked about getting into some Murakami stories. The last thing I read by him was IQ84 which was ridiculously long and very strange.

The One-Hundred Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Anything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul by Dave Bruno - I've been thinking about minimalism recently. Maybe it's because of my elevated stress levels recently. Maybe it's because I don't have time to become a minimalist if I wanted to. Either way, I have added some books on the concept to my to-read list.

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay - Here's another minimalism self-help book.

The Minimalist Mindset by Danny Dover - Did you also notice how many words were in those other minimalism titles? Ironic, isn't it? Here's one with a minimalist title.

Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker - This is a retelling of Jane Eyre, sort of. It's the story of Mr. Rochester's life. I'm interested to see if it is anything like Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - Again with the Book Riot podcast. I have been told over and over again how awesome this book is, so I guess it's time to add it to the list.

Dancer by Colum McCann - This is a fictionalized story of the life of Rudolph Nureyev. The person on the podcast (Not Book Riot) I heard about this from, didn't know Nureyev was a real person. !!! I had a huge picture of him in my room in high school.

Lumberjanes Vol 5 by Noelle Stevenson - I love this comic series. They are so great for a quick read with high interest. I am waiting for this to come in at the library.

Yup. That's pretty much all the books. Oh well. One day I will get a chance to read books again. What new books have you found recently?