Wednesday, July 9, 2008

9 on the 9th! (7/9/08)

I found this fun little meme over at All That Naz today!

You can list any nine things that you like, and I picked the 9 fiction books on my shelves that I want to read before the summer's over. I am a bargain book shopper, and I pick up lots of books for a quarter or fifty cents here and there. If only I could get around to reading them! Here are the top 9 that I'd like to tackle next:

1. The complete Chronicles of Narnia. We've had this collection since picking it up for next to nothing last year, but I have yet to read through it completely. (Although we have listened to The Magician's Nephew and Prince Caspian on audiobook.) I really enjoy the puns and general word fun that I find in Lewis' fiction.

2. Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts- This author's Where the Heart Is remains one of my favorite books of all-time. I loved it so much that I picked this book up off the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble without even knowing what it was about. I still have no idea, but I'm determined to find out.

3. Family Linens by Lee Smith- I'd read her Fair and Tender Ladies in a contemporary American lit class in college, and I've loaned it out to everyone that would take it. Something about the personal style of writing in letter form, plus the familiar setting of the Appalachians...(I am a Tennessee girl at heart, y'all)...well, that book just tore at my heart. I picked up this book by Smith for a quarter at a library sale, and it has decorated my bookshelf very nicely ever since.

4. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy- This is a total guilt read. My AP English teacher in high school assigned me a paper on this book. I read part of the book, then got the Cliffs Notes and wrote the paper. (Hey, now, don't tell me you've never done it!) It has always bothered me, though, and this book still sits on my shelf unfinished. It's time to end the guilt!

5. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally- Okay, truth be told, I just want to read this so that I can watch the movie. I have this thing about not watching the movie until after I've read the book. It's just not the same.

6. Night by Edie Wiesel- I think just about everyone in the world was assigned this book at some point in time except me. My husband has even read this, and anything that he finishes has got to be really good. And historical.

7. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth- I have heard so much about this book, and it's been on my list for a long, long time. I found it at Goodwill (oh, excuse me, the G.W. Boutique) a couple of months ago for a big whopping quarter. I might start with this one because Ben wants me to hurry up and pass it on to him.

8. Heavenly Date and other Flirtations by Alexander Mccall Smith- This was another one that I picked up just because I loved the author so much. And if you haven't read any of his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, you are missing out!

9. Eragon by Christopher Paolini- Okay, so I know it's not very "girly," but I loved this movie. Loved it. And I heard the book's better. And, well...I borrowed it about 6 months ago and haven't given it back yet. It's time to stop procrastinating.

What books are on your shelves that you'd like to finish this summer? And while you're thinking, hop on over to All That Naz and read about her top 9 favorite love songs!


Brenda said...

I picked up Cheaper By the Dozen at a used book store when I was like 13 and read it and re-read it the whole time I was growing up.

I didn't see the movie but I would say it's very different!

Angela Nazworth said...

What a cute blog you have. I loved this list...sounds like lots of great reads. Thanks so much for playing along. I hope to visit again soon.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my site! I am always happy to hear from another Lauren. :) What a great list of books. The only one I have read is Night. I hesitate to say that it was a "good" book because of the serious content, but it was one of those books that everyone should read!

Have a great day!

Mimi said...

Happy reading! I have never read or seen Shindler's List - I'm thinking that is one I should tackle. I haven't heard of Family Linens or a couple of your other selections, so that gives me some good suggestions. I'm always on the lookout for something good to read.

My parents had Cheaper by The Dozen when I was growing up. I loved it and the movie. I was sad to hear that some of the other dozen children have a more sour outlook about their family experiences. I prefer to think it happened exactly as the book said. :)

Crystal said...

Hi, Lauren - I found your blog via Michelle at Frugal Granola and it's been fun catching up with you.

You must read Schindler's List - and then see the movie!! It's not an easy read or watch but it's amazing what one man could do. We saw Auschwitz and the factory site in Krakow when we were in Poland last year, which was amazing. I cried when we got home and watched the movie again - such a terrible time. Sorry to make this so somber but it just is such a heavy thing on my heart.

See you again soon!! Good luck with homeschooling this year. I'm a retired teacher and love hearing education stories. God bless your day!

Jeana said...

Ha! Love the name of your blog.

I loved Where The Heart Is, hated Shoot the Moon. I'd love to hear what you think of it. Did you read The Honk and Holler? Meh.

I adore Cheaper by the Dozen too. Not like the movie at all, but in my opinion even better!