To be finished! I actually turned in the last of the papers of doom on Wednesday, but last night I imbibed a bit too much at Apparent Dip’s department’s Christmas party (damn that vodka!), so I count that as my official entry into the next three weeks of
getting a head start on next semester’s reading relaxing. But now I find myself once again faced with the eternal dilemma for book lovers: what shall I bring with me when we head down to Washington D.C. for Christmas? We’re driving, so weight isn’t a problem. My problem is, that I generally like to take a wide selection (a sort of cross-section if you will) of my bookcases. Because as much as I love making lists, they don’t really do it for me when it comes to personal reading. I have to be in the right mood. And thus I need to bring as many books as I can so that I will have one for any mood that might strike me. I am well aware that bringing a ton of books is a sure sign that I will actually be so wrapped up in hanging out with family, playing with my nephew, cooking, etc that I won’t actually read anything. But not bringing books is not even an option. I might as well leave the house naked (and we don’t want me frightening little children do we?).
So, here are the potential candidates at the moment:
- Our Mutual Friend ~ Charles Dickens (it’s a big, fat book with tiny print and it’s Dickens. What more can I say? It’s screaming for me to read it)
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood ~ Charles Dickens (Dickens’s unfinished last novel)
- East Lynne ~ Ellen Wood (a sensational novel I’ve wanted to read for a while now)
- Demons ~ Dostoyevsky (because winter = Russian reading in my mind and I’ve been feeling deprived since papers and grad apps have been distracting me)
- The World to Come ~ Dara Horn (A novel that weaves a connection between the painter Marc Chagall and an American Jewish family, the Ziskinds. I have been wanting to read this for a looooooooong time. I also have her first novel, In the Image on my list)
- The Yiddish Policeman’s Union ~ Michael Chabon (I’m currently reading this one, so it might be finished by the time we leave)
Dreamers of the Day ~ Mary Doria Russell (I won an advanced review copy through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers Group)
- Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World ~ Mark Pendergrast (my desire to bring some non-fiction with me + and my well-documented love affair with coffee = a perfect book)
- Thomas Hardy ~ Claire Tomalin
- Trust ~ Cynthia Ozick (Ozick’s first novel about a nameless protagonist on the search for her ever-elusive father)
- Foreskin’s Lament ~ Shalom Auslander (Auslander’s painful–and darkly humorous–memoir about his Orthodox Jewish upbringing and the impact it has had on his life as an adult)
I have no idea how I will whittle this list down. If anything I’ll find more books to add. Any suggestions from my readers would be greatly appreciated.
And if I don’t blog before we leave, have a wonderful holiday season!