I’m sure you know how it is – there’s this pile of books sitting by your bed or in your library (do any of you have libraries?), and you have so little time to read them that they seem to either a) taunt you when you walk past them – “Come on . . . get to it. . . what are you doing vacuuming when I’m sitting right here?” or b) allure you with their wiles – “Aren’t I pretty? Don’t I look engaging? Won’t I take your mind off the rest of your life?” This is what I hear every time I walk into my bedroom – okay, so I only imagine I hear it, but still . . .

Right now, I am currently reading The Anasi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Divine Nobodies by Jim Palmer, and Captivating by John and Staci Eldridge. I’ll be through at least two of the three this week, and then I really must move onto ARCs of several books including The Mysterious Life of the Heart by The Sun Magazine editors; so far, it’s absolutely beautiful, and I want to savor every piece in it. I also have Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (Review on May 26th), Faultline by Barry Eisler (Review on May 27th), Don’t Call Me a Crook by Bob Moore, Climate Change by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert, and Kidnapped and Other Dispatches by Alan Johnston.

I’m excited about reading all of these, and having dates to post helps keep me focused. Maybe that’s what I need to do with all my ARCs. Do any of you have strategies for getting through all the wonderful books that arrive at your doorstep?

Several weeks ago, I asked for your recommendations for what I should read come May 17th, when my job, kind of, ends . . . I got good recommendations, and I have chosen two of them – Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach (recommended by both DS and Molly) and Small Wonders by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve added both of these to my Bookmooch list and will read them as soon as they arrive. Meanwhile, since CB recommended Capote in Kansas and I have that one, I’ll move that one up the list, too. (DS, CB, and Molly, I can’t give you each five bookmooch points, but I can give you each two if you send me your Bookmooch name. Thanks). Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas.

In the meantime, if you have more books to recommend – particularly the tales of strong women or great faith explorations, please send them on. I need more recommendations like I need a hole in my head, but I do get such joy out of thinking of new things to read. Thanks.

Now, I must go read papers . . . Have a great day.

Boston Public Library – Boston Public Library (I’d probably get more reading done if I read in this glorious space. Or I would zone out and stare at the beautiful tables and all the other people reading and the other books . . . but still, isn’t it beautiful.)