TBR Shelf — Holiday Edition

28 Dec

I hope everyone had a great holiday and long weekend. I worked Christmas Eve but it was so slow that I was able to read some of The Girl Who Played with Fire at the office. My Christmas was relaxing and quiet, since I live with my parents and all of our extended family lives on the west coast. There were the requisite phone calls to grandparents and aunts and uncles, but otherwise, the weekend was spent in sweats (and a new Brookstone Snuggie!) with Steig Larsson for company. Not only did I finish The Girl Who Played with Fire, but I literally read the last page, set it down and picked up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and started reading. There really was no other option. The end of the second book in Larsson’s trilogy is really just a pause in the action. You might be curious as to how I read book #3 since it technically isn’t released in the States until May ’10. When my mom was reading the second book, she was so engrossed and obsessed that, when I mentioned that friends of mine ordered book #3 from the Amazon UK site, she was insistent that we do the same. I feel a little bit guilty for not patronizing the American publisher, but at the same time, if you’re familiar with The Girl Who Played with Fire, you can understand why we just couldn’t wait. So I read book #2 and book#3 in the trilogy — The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was a hefty 600 pages but it was absolutely worth it. I didn’t even notice the pages turning I was so into it. I carried that book everywhere this weekend (my arms are tired — not gonna lie). If you haven’t read this trilogy yet, I suggest you start immediately.

On the holiday gift front, my TBR shelf grew by leaps and bounds. If you’re like me, there is usually a glut of books under the tree. I get my wish list in early (and my parents know by now to not stray too far — if at all — from that list), and this year was no exception. I tend to ask for books that I may not buy myself, either because they are books I want to own but can’t see myself reading soon or they’re books that are more gift-y. For example, my parents got me 1001 Children’s Books to Read Before You Grow Up and The Bibliophile’s Devotional. Definitely gift-y.

Add to the TBR shelf the list below and I don’t think I’ll have any trouble keeping my New Year’s resolution that I won’t spend any more than $30 a month on books in 2010. (Trust me, that’s a huge cut back).

  1. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
  2. Yours Ever: People and Their Letters
  3. New York: The Novel
  4. The Children’s Book
  5. Lit: A Memoir
  6. Leviathan
  7. The Wrong Mother: A Novel
  8. In the First Circle
  9. A Friend of the Family
  10. The Bibliophile’s Devotional: 365 Days of Literary Classics
  11. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
  12. Thirteenth Child
  13. When You Reach Me
  14. Instant Love: Fiction
  15. The Wild Things (Fur-covered Edition)
  16. Columbine
  17. Let the Great World Spin

Yeah. I know it’s a lot. This doesn’t include a couple of books that my parents asked for either. What can I say? We’re a reading family.

I also got a nook. And by “got” I mean that I got a certificate that says one has been purchased for me and will arrive sometime after the new year. I haven’t gotten to play with it obviously, but I’m really excited to get my hands on it. Sadly it won’t get here before I go to Boston for 4 days. Since I’m taking the Acela, that would have been a great 6 1/2 hour trip to test it out. Cross your fingers that it gets to me before the trip I’m taking in January for my uncle’s wedding in California. As soon as I get it and try it out, you can bet I’ll be blogging it out.

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