As is always the case, I am getting a cold just as I get some free time – does this happen to anyone else? Every time I slow down, I get sick, which I suppose is a blessing because at least it doesn’t hit me at the peak of the craziness. But that means, this post may be more random than usual, so bear with me.

This morning’s Daily Dose from Powell’s recommends Now Go Home by Ana Maria Spagna. I think this book looks like something I’d really enjoy – essays that deal with work and the outdoors. Has anyone read or heard of this book?

Now that I’ve added Now Go Home my TBR pile is insane. In fact, I couldn’t possibly read everything on that pile this summer, or say, before I die. . But just in case you’d like to commiserate, here’s the stack of what’s beside my bed. (I wish I could add a picture for special impact, but alas, I have not entered the age of digital photography yet.)
Here is what is precariously teetering in two waist-high piles besides my bed:
Still Life by AS Byatt
Lucky by Alice Sebold
The Door by Margaret Atwood
Academonia by Dodie Bellamy
Touching Feeling by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
The Best Creative Nonfiction by Lee Gutkind, ed.
Irish Folks Stories and Fairy Tales by WB Yeats, ed.
Austerlitz by WG Sebald
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
Matisse Stories by AS Byatt
More Dixie Ghosts by McSherry, Waugh, and Greenberg, eds.
The Young Unicorns by Madeline L’Engle
Waking the Dead by John Eldredge
Divine Nobodies by Jim Palmer
A Happy Man by Axel Thormahlen
Trenchart: Parapet by Les Figues Press
Voice of Ice by Alta Ifland
Chop Shop by Stephanie Taylor
God’s Livestock Policy by Stan Apps
Missing Susan, If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him, and Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Sharyn McCrumb
The Mabinogion
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
On Nature by Tony Hoagland
The Best American Essays 2007 by David Foster Wallace, ed
Morphology of the Folktale by Vladimir Propp
The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature by Neal Pollack
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Folk and Fairy Tales by Hallett and Karasek, eds
Griffin by Albert Goldbarth
Local Wonders by Ted Kooser
Things I Like About America by Poe Ballantine
The Next American Essay by John D’Agata, ed
Eating Stone by Ellen Meloy
Honorable Bandit by Brian Bouldrey
Common Wealth by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Increase by Lia Purpura
Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
Turning Bones by Lee Martin
Home Town by Tracy Kidder
Writing Creative Nonfiction by Carolyn Forche and Phillip Gerard
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia
Weight by Jeanette Winterson
Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
All That Remains and Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell

Plus, I have a whole bunch of reviews to write for books not on this list, and a couple of library books out. Can anyone else relate to this problem? Do share. . .

And if you’d like to recommend the first five books I should read off of this list, please do. I’ll even choose a random winner and give the winner 3 BookMooch points for making a recommendation and giving the rationale for that recommendation. Post your recommendation by Wednesday at Midnight Eastern, and Oscar (my cat) will choose a winner on Thursday morning. Thanks for the help.

P.S. My review of Javatrekker is up at The Environmental Blog. If you read it, post a comment there and share your thoughts on fair trade coffee. This blog, by the way, is a great one if you’re involved in the Ecojustice Challenge. And for those of you who have been paying attention to my participation in that challenge, I have been doing very well on the buying organically (although it means I buy a lot less food because of cost, which is also a good thing, I think), not so well on lights out night. But I will try to get back to that tomorrow night.