books & reading, personal & miscellany

Shelf space

Happy new year, happy new everything. I’ve got a new, freshly cracked open journal, a clear set of intentions and practices for the year, and my brain is downright buzzing with things I want to dump on you write and talk with you about. But before I do, a little clearing of my mental shelves is in order:

  • Our holidays were quiet, but joyful.
  • We have a new president and administration. Hooray.
  • Everyone in our household and immediate family remains healthy and well. It will likely be many months before we’re personally vaccinated from the coronavirus, but we’re thrilled to see family members, friends, and colleagues getting some of those early doses.
  • Our condo’s massive exterior rehabilitation project is a loud and disastrous mess, and everyone in our neighborhood hates us.
  • Norma is still alive.
  • My friend Kevin roped me into a “2021 challenge” wherein we (as a team) are trying to run 2,021 miles in 2021. So far we’re failing spectacularly.
  • And I haven’t posted a reading update in a while, so below you’ll find a quick download on my latest: my favorite reads from the last five months of 2020 (since the last time I posted an update) are pictured below, with the complete list following. I’m currently reading Bonnie Tsui’s Why We Swim, and am utterly enthralled by it.

The spring semester of library school starts this week, and I’ll be taking Beginning Cataloging. I assume this means I’ll have life all sorted out, and organized into a logical order soon.

Non-fiction
Under the Sea-Wind, Rachel Carlson (1941)
Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay (2014)
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, Malcolm Gladwell (2019)
Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them, Gina Kolata (2017)
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Jenny Odell (2019)
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink (2018)
The Fat Studies Reader, Esther Rothblum & Sondra Solovay, Eds. (2009)
Tea Life, Tea Mind, Soshitsu Sen XV (1979)
On the Shortness of Life, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (2005, translated by Charles Desmont Nuttall Costa)
The Mother of All Questions, Rebecca Solnit (2017)

Memoir/Biography
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay (2017)*
Leadership: In Turbulent Times, Doris Kearns Goodwin (2018)
The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande (2012)
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, Erik Larson (2020)

Fiction – Adult
Bestiary, K-Ming Chang (2020)
In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allen Poe, Michael Connelly, Ed. (2009)
Empire of Wild, Cherie Dimaline (2019)
Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi (2020)*
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah (2015)
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (2010)*
Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley (1990)
Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (2019)
Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Murata (2018)*
A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (2019)
Fever Dream, Samanta Schweblin (2017)
The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel (2020)
A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay (2015)
How Much of These Hills is Gold, C Pam Zhang (2020)*

Fiction – Young Adult
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle (1963)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling (2004)*
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas (2017)

*The ones I really, really loved.

What have you loved recently? Please share any favorites!

2 thoughts on “Shelf space”

  1. Always a pleasure to hear from you, Amy. And your reading lists bring me much to enjoy.
    So good to know Norma’s still around.

  2. Always makes me happy when I see you land in my inbox. The updates were satisfying to read, glad you all are ok. Even Norma who will probably outlive us all.

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