On the Bedside Table

Thursday, 7 January 2010
You know how I love to read.  Seriously, what would we do without books?  I'm not talking about the new-fangled Kindles either.  I mean, heavy paper, page turning, good smelling BOOKS.  These titles are on the nightstand now:

"In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson.  I'm almost finished with this jewel.  Bryson is a hilarious author.  The man manages to humiliate himself occasionally during his world travel and then writes about it in the most perfect way.  I've never been to Australia but his book makes me want to plan a trip.  The country seems seriously harsh with so many deadly (literally) spiders, snakes and fish but certainly before I perish I wish to visit the Great Barrier Reef and the monolith Uluru.  I'd also like to learn more about the indigenous people of the vast land.  The Aborigines are not mentioned much when it comes to Australian history, in fact, hardly at all.  Wonder why??  Excellent book and Bryson has an interesting and humorous voice.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt's "Crow Planet."  Absolutely thrilled about this one because I signed up for the reserve list for this title in October.  Haupt lives in Seattle and writes about crows in relation to the urban development of cities and states.  Her book maintains the amount of crows in the U.S. shows an ecological imbalance.  I'm intrigued because the first chapter records her actions in saving a tiny crow which has broken its leg.

I'm also reading a New York Times Bestseller "Shattered Dreams, My Life as a Polygamist's Wife" by Irene Spencer which I picked up for $1 at the Dollar Tree.  I adore reading about women who have come through difficult circumstances and are triumphant.

What are you reading??


Anonymous said...

I'm reading "The World According to Garp" by John Irving right now, sort of. After page 200 things started to get nihilistic, dark, exhausting, and I felt like I needed to come up for air. Do you ever feel like that when reading? Now I'm taking a break from Irving with "My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead" a collection compiled by Jeffrey Eugenides, which is acting as my palate cleanser, my lemon sorbet. Maybe I'll look at Garp later. Maybe not.


Amber said...

I will have to check out the Bill Bryson book. I'm a sucker for hilarious travel writing! You might enjoy "Honeymoon With My Brother" by Franz Wisner.

Ted Stryk said...

My favorite news magazine, The Economist.

Anonymous said...

if you enjoyed Shattered Dreams you will enjoy her other book Cult Insanity-I couldnt put it down till finished-good reading choices

Nan said...

I was lucky enough to find an
inspirational book by Ahmed Kathrada. He was a strong minded political prisoner with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island for 27 year. Filled with memories and quotations. He is 80 now and is such a strong intelligent gentleman.A graet Christmas read.
p.s. I loved "Garp" too

Denae said...

I LOVE reading about what you're reading. Plus, now I have a brand new reading list and I didn't have to do any research. You guys are helping me stay classy but lazy. Thanks! xxx

Annie said...

I love Bill Bryson!! You should also check out "A Walk in the Woods". It's awesome. Right now, I am reading Umberto Eco's "Focault's Pendulum" and Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island".

JJ said...

I agree with Annie. "A Walk in the Woods" is great. Eugene's own William Sullivan has written many great books. Check out his "Listening for Coyote", about his long walk across Oregon or "Cabin Fever" about his years of hand-building a cabin up the Siletz river. Fun stuff!