March 20, 2009

What's on YOUR bookshelf this weekend?

I love the weekend. It means extra time with family and friends. A chance for long walks. And, of course, more time to READ!

Right now, I'm listening to Gary D. Schmidt's The Wednesday Wars on CD. I'm amazed by his ability to juggle so many story lines successfully and humorously. I will be sad when the last CD is finished.

Am also knee-deep in First Boy by Gary D. Schmidt. It's filled with suspense. I'm passing it to our youngest son when I'm done.

Two books for adults sit by my bed as well. Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck was recommended by Debby Garfinkle. Thanks, Debby. The essays are a hoot so far.

And a book-lovers dream is the little gem I found at the library: The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen. Just the introduction alone about a woman who fufilled her dream by opening a bookstore filled me with inspiration. The only downside to this book is that it makes me want to get all the recommended books. (And I don't have any more room!)

Hubby's reading an interesting one called The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution and the Birth of America by Steven Johnson.

Youngest son's language arts teacher is having the students read Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse. He just got up to the part about the main character's mother. It's shocking, really.

Oldest son discovered a cache of Robin Cook novels on the used books table at our local library, and being the softie I am about books, I purchased the lot of them for him. Our guy devours books like a cop devours donuts. (Sorry, Jay. Couldn't resist!)

Next up for me are Mudville by Kurtis Scaletta and Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder. I loved Laurel's Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains. Both authors are represented by my lovely and talented agent, Tina Wexler. Tina generously sent me an advanced reader copy (arc) of each novel.

So, like I said, I'm glad for the weekend and more time to read.

What are YOU planning to read this weekend? What's on your bookshelf . . . in your CD player . . . on your MP3 player?


Kurtis said...

Oh, should I be hitting Tina up for ARCs? ;-)

Hope you enjoy Mudville!

Kurtis said...

Incidentally, speaking of Tina's clients, I just bought The Last Synapsid by Timothy Mason. It's about puppy sized dinosaurs... I think it'll be a real treat.

Wild About Words said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'm sure I'll enjoy Mudville. It looks like a real winner; and with a house full of boys, I won't be the only one enjoying it. I'll have to check out The Last Synapsid. But really, I'm running out of room in my house. We're buying new bookshelves this weekend, but still . . .
Happy reading,