dan and i were lucky enough to spend this past weekend in the san francisco area, visiting my parents (remember how much fun we had last year?!). a four and a half hour plane ride certainly presents a prime reading opportunity, and i took full advantage by diving into my current novel from the library, main street, by upton sinclair. i haven’t read any of his work since high school, when i enjoyed the jungle, so i was elated to be reunited with an old friend so many years later.
i don’t have/make nearly enough time for reading on a regular basis, but mini-vacations like these remind me why it holds such a special place in my heart, and i always end with a renewed vigor to squeeze more reading time in on the regular. i’ve been slowly but surely making my way through a list that kristyn recommended to me from marc and angel (30 books to read before the age of 30) and i have just a few months left on that “deadline,” but there are a few others i’ve got my eye on as well. here’s what i’m putting on hold at the library:
lean in, sheryl sandberg: i’ve heard about it from way too many sources at this point. i must read it. i actually put the book on CD version on hold because i find these kinds of books to be extremely conducive to motivational commuting.
the trip to echo spring: on writers and drinking, olivia laing: as an aspiring writer and sometimes reformed drinker, the study of these two activities combined seemed like the perfect fit for me. i just got notice that it has been delivered to my branch, so it’s on deck in the book batting order.
one more thing: stories and other stories, b.j. novak: i personally think that some of the most brilliant and surprising writing i’ve ever encountered has been in short story fiction format. i recently read a previously unpublished collection from kurt vonnegut that i adored and stories by o’henry was one of my first “adult books” as a child. i can’t wait to see what this creative genius from the office has to offer the genre.
the examined life: how we lose and find ourselves, stephen grosz: i am a sucker for psychologically-driven books, especially any that pertain to motivation, the definition of self, happiness, personal relationships or family dynamics (anyone else smell a psych-focused graduate degree in my future?).