Amazon weighs in

Just as an aside, Amazon has released their “Best Books of 2011 So Far” list. View it here.

One of the books on it is a book that I really want to read: Moonwalking With Einstein: Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer. I saw it when I was on my great American road trip in a little bookstore in the small town of Point Reyes and it totally caught my eye. Now I’ve been on the waiting list to read it at the library ever since I got back to Toronto. It’s still in hardcover and to be honest, I’m much too cheap to buy it. At least now. Maybe I’d buy it new, but you know me – I’d love to wait and find it at the BMV.

I would also really love to read Bossypants by Tina Fey, but I hear that there’s an audio book where she is the reader. That sounds infinitely more entertaining to me.

I wanted to read In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson until I realized that he was the one to write all the Dragon Tattoo books and to me those seemed NQOT (Not Quite Our Type). I could be wrong. I probably hate the idea of them because they’re “all the rage” (I tend to do that). I should read one at some point just so I can say that I have, but there are so many other good books to read I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to read a trashy book in their place, you know? *UPDATE* So apparently I’ve been informed by my friend Matt that the writer of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books is Stieg Larson. How embarrassing. Maybe I will read “In the Garden of Beasts”. I got that little tidbit of mis-information from my mother. Go figure.

And how did I not know that my darling Canadian writer Elizabeth Hay had come out with a new book, Alone in the Classroom? The cover is stunning and it’s about someone teaching someone else to read! I am so there. Way to go, Liz. I just applied to be a volunteer at Frontier College where you work with illiterate children and adults yesterday and it occurred to me that though I can read, it doesn’t mean that I can actually teach someone else to read. At the very least I can pass along a passion for reading and I think that’s what they want… this book should be the perfect thing to start me on my journey. Very excited to read it. And to see a Canadian author on the list!

Lastly, Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson. This was the other choice for book club that I instantly wrote off because it was pretty much a bastardized version of the movie Memento, but apparently it’s a “best book”. Is that because it’s just a best seller? I wonder what the criteria are. I really thought this book looked NQOT so I don’t know whether to trust it now or realize that the list shouldn’t be taken so seriously.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheila Durno says:

    Don't write off Stieg Larsson's books as trashy just because they are popular. Research the author's background a bit and his sources for the trilogy and I think you'll see what I mean.

  2. You're totally right – I'm just really admitting to the fact that for whatever reason, I feel like if something is popular, I won't like it. I've really got to get over it – I'm well aware! You've read the series and like them?

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