52 Books

The one thing I’ve been really missing in my life since grad school is reading. When I was younger, I used to plow through book after book. I still remember the first book I fell in love with – Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. I remember finishing the book on the way home from school, while sitting in the back of the bus, bawling my eyes out.

In high school, college and grad school, I read plenty; but it was all assigned reading and book lists for classes. I actually started to despise reading in college one semester when I had an English teacher who was obsessed with John Updike. Professor ? gave us hundreds of pages to read each night – we literally read the whole Rabbit series in just a couple of weeks. I’m sorry to say, this professor is probably deeply depressed, with the recent passing of you know who. Nevertheless, most of my English major classes kept me chalk full of books, from Chaucer to Yeats to Updike; and my Environmental Science readings kept me up to date on the latest research projects, policy and conservationism.

So, with the recent realization that I hardly read at all anymore, I’ve decided that 2009 should be the year of the book. As Dr. Seuss says, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I’ve joined the Ravelry group, 52 books in 52 weeks, and have already found my latest obsession with Goodreads. Come say hi if you are on there! In January I was able to finish 7 books. Yes, off to a strong start!

January Books
1. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
3. Where the Wild Things Were, by William Stolzenburg
4. Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen
5. The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan
6. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
7. In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

My favorite book by far out of these seven was, The Time Traveler’s Wife. If you are looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend this one. My other big favorite was, Where the Wild Things Were – an extremely well written book that talks about the disappearance of our keystone species. If you have any comments or questions on any of these books, feel free to email me or leave a note!

Happy February and happy superbowl Sunday!

20 Thoughts on “52 Books

  1. I would love to be your friend on Good Reads. My name on there is jlniksich.

  2. I loved The Time Travelers Wife too!!! Was a little leary of it at 1st (b/c the friend that recommended it likes a lot of teeny bopper kind of stuff), but loved it once I got started. Couldn’t put it down!! Will have to try some of the others you listed if our tiny library has them ;)

  3. I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife as well…it took me a while to get into the format of the book…all the back and forth…but so good. Glass Castle, Life of Pi and Water for Elepants are on my bookshelf. Now if I can just figure out a way to knit and read at the same time I would be able to get so much more done!

  4. Oh, I LOVE “The Time Traveler’s Wife!” I’ve read it several times. You should also read “Time and Again” by Jack Finney. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it. =)

  5. I LOVED Time Traveler’s Wife. I made the mistake of reading the ending on the way home from a business trip, while sitting in the middle seat of an economy flight. The poor people next to me must have thought I had lost it. I was bawling like a baby!

  6. Oh wow, The Time Traveler’s Wife is definitely on my list of favorite books (as are a few of the others on there). Have you heard they’re making a movie?

  7. WOW! How can you read all those books and knit??? I admire you so much! I havent been reading a lot lately… shame on me!

  8. That’s awesome. I was a major reader growing up. In college I seriously missed immersing myself in a great fiction book and finally had to take time to read for me. Lately, I haven’t been doing as much reading, but I miss it.

  9. I’m going to have to chime in about Time Traveler’s Wife. They’re making a movie!

  10. suzanne on February 2, 2009 at 6:59 am said:

    I liked TTW too–it had a punk/literary edge to it. Good combo!

    I was really impressed w/Outliers–i read that recently.

    I’ll look for you on Goodreads–I use the knitzanity email and I am under my real name–Suzanne Sherry.

  11. I’ve set a goal for myself to read all the books on the ALA’s “most frequently challenged books” list. They haven’t posted the list for 2008, yet, so I’ve been picking away at 2007’s list.

  12. I’m also trying for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks – although I might not hit the goal, I think it will really encourage me to read more material outside my discipline (art history – and I do end up reading a lot of textbooks so I can be prepared to teach them).

  13. You read some excellent books this past month! Some long ones also. Reading is great! And I love goodreads. Good luck with your goal. Whats up for February?

  14. i joined 52 books earlier this year as well. hopefully it will help me go through the piles of books that i have at home. i have heard good things about the time traveler’s wife but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. i will have to put it on my goodreads list to remind myself. where the wild things are sounds good, too.

  15. thank you for the recommendations. i’m always looking for a good read…. i must admit before i discovered knitting i read ALL the time…. know it seems all i have time to read are magazines, and knit patterns ;)

  16. Oh, my gosh, that’s a ton of books in one month!! If you’re looking for a few great books for Feb, I highly recommend “The Thirteenth Tale” By Diane Setterfield (If you haven’t read it already, that is…) and the “Memory, Sorrow, Thorn” series by Tad Williams. I’m on the first half of book three right now and can’t put it down.

    Kudos on tackling so many books and having such a great goal!! ^_^

  17. That is a great group of books – and all in one month! When I knit I don’t read as much.

    I liked the Time Traveler’s Wife but also really was moved by The Glass Castle. It is amazing what people can overcome.

    Enjoy your reading.

  18. hi you — I loved loved loved Water for Elephants, but reading the comments, it seems I should get out the Time Travelers Wife, huh? I’ve been trying to revisit the classics this year. Have found I can knit and read at the same time with books on tape – it’s pretty entertaining since the readers add a dose of theatrics to the text – an amazing discovery!

  19. i’ve now taken to reading every night before bed. it’s such a nice way to get reading back into my life :) i loved “life of pi”!

  20. Crystie on February 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm said:

    I loved Time Traveler’s Wife also. It is by far my favorite book. I have been an avid reader in the past. Lately knitting has gotten in the way. I signed up for 52 books as well. So far I’ve only gone through The story of Edgar Sawtelle. It was wonderful. I recommend that one. I’m waiting for my Kindle to come from amazon and hope that I can read and knit at the same time with that.

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