Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My immediate reading list...

By immediate, I mean that these are the books sitting either on my end tables or coffee tables ready to read at a moments notice.  

I have a habit.  I cannot go into a bookstore without leaving with a book in hand.  Impossible.  Especially used bookstores.  I found the perfect used bookstore in San Clemente over the weekend.  I walked out having spent $25 for 6 books.  I am sure I could do better on Amazon (though probably not because of the shipping they charge per book), but what about the experience?  You can't peruse shelves on Amazon.

So here's my list - 

Dry, Augusten Burroughs
Fall on Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald
Heart of Darkness & Other Stories, Joseph Conrad
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
The Wild Road, Gabriel King
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
Crossing California, Adam Langer
Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Soon to be added since I just made a purchase from Amazon (thanks to John, because he loves me and supports my habits) - 

Many Waters, Madeleine L'Engle
Three by Annie Dillard: The Writing Life, An American Childhood, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Out of the Silent Planet & Perelandra, C.S. Lewis (I have read these books both twice and am looking forward to a third with John)

So what books do you have sitting on your coffee table, begging to be read?


mme. bookling said...

oh man, yeah.
i have an existential dilema almost everytime i finish a book.

So once I finish McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunder and my Plath Journals, I think I will pick up one or two of the following
booklings that are waiting ever-so-patiently on my nightstand:
1. Watership Down - Richard Adams
2. finishing/ rather, starting over so I can finish Plath's The Bell Jar
3. Steinbeck's Journal of A Novel
4. Book Two in L'Engles' A Wrinkle In Time Series

lorenzstudio said...

I just read, Nobody's Girl, by Hector H. Malot. I enjoyed it so much I'm off to find the companion book, Nobody's Boy.