6.17.2009

I don't seem to have two minutes to rub together. But somehow I have plenty of time to sit around and read. How could this be? Oh yes, I am nursing a newborn. I have plowed through a small library's worth of books in the last six weeks, and am constantly scanning the horizon, looking for a new read. I've nursed my way through all my favorite comfort reads: the Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, Jan Karon's Mitford novels and I just finished the last of the Harry Potter series. Okay, so actually some of these I read right at the end of the pregnancy. I read fast but not that fast.
Appeal to the Bookish
So does anyone have any other books to suggest? I'm plowing steadily through Madeline L'Engle's 'A Swiftly Tilting Planet', and Thomas Howard's very groovy 'Christ the Tiger'. I think I want some more fiction, as my very tired brain probably cannot keep up with much more than a good story. But not that Shack book, or anything by Dan Brown. Oh, and if Oprah recommends it, or you read it at your book club, the odds are good that I don't want to read it. But I don't want to be picky....

6 comments:

jessica said...

i don't have any new suggestions, the most modern book i've read in a long time being invisible man. but how about a wilkie collins? the woman in white, the moonstone (i must warn you, despite being an excellent book it was chosen for my mother-in-law's book club...).

a bit of daphne du maurier? i just finished listening to the frenchman's creek and my cousin rachel while working...but many of her others that i hadn't heard of until internet perusal a few months ago are well worth a read.

i'm sure you've read those already, but maybe worth reading again? or maybe not...

Esther Montgomery said...

'Love on the Dole' by Walter Greenwood.

Spec' you've read 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid' by Bill Bryson. (Bill Bryson may be in your list of 'don't recommends - but it is very funny, none the less.)

Do you read the Wexford novels by Ruth Rendel? They are murder / detective books but the officer in charge (Wexford) is so solid, I find them very reassuring . . . all's right with the world despite terrible things happening. (Easy reading for tired minds.)

Will think more.

Esther

Mum said...

Have you re-read Steinbeck yet? I love "East of Eden" (my favorite book of all time) and "Travels with Charlie".
What about the "All Creatures Great and Small" books? I think I have all of them if you need a loan.
I think the standard line is "So many books. so little time". I guess you are in the rarified spot of "Lots of reading time, give me more books". I will check my bookshelf and see what I can come up with.

rosa said...

thanks everyone!
Jess- Collins' has been a staple, but I haven't reread them for a while. And I'm going to pick up some more Du Maurier too.
Esther-I've read alot of Bryson, but haven't picked up this one yet, and haven't read the others either, whee! Just what I wanted.
Mum-you came to my rescue already-I've started 'Pomegranate Soup' already....
Thanks Eleven for 'The Name of the Rose', I think I'm set for a few weeks at least!
I love all my bookish friends, you know who you are!

Camille said...

my local library just reopened-- now I have something to look for besides diet books. ;)

Blessed said...

Well, the first I would recommend is the book I really wanted to bring you at the hospital, but which I had already loaned out:
Book One of the Mistmantle Chronicles, "Urchin of the Riding Stars." It is very Narnia-esque, with amazingly deep spiritual allegories throughout the entire series. I love excellent juvenile fiction, and this series is now up there with my favorites of all times.

If you want more adult fare, some of the ones I enjoy revisiting every few years are 1)
Pearl S. Buck, esp. "Pavilion of Women" and "The Living Reed" and "Imperial Woman."
2) James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small" series--LOVE them
3) "The Clan of the Cavebear." The rest of the series gets a little funny with those sex scenes thrown in amongst the prehistoric flora and fauna, but the first one is clean and has such a great story arc.

Since I have been nursing I have read all my Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Amy Tan and now on to Alice Walker. And I have read almost all of my extensive juvenile fiction collection--if you change your mind about the one I brought to the hospital, "A Single Shard" about the boy who works for the potter, let me know, because it is really good. Then again, I love true-to-life stories set in foreign countries.

Let me know if you want to borrow any of the above. : ) Happy Reading!

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.