02 January 2008

The Year Ahead in Reading

Much like Jessamyn, 2007 was not a great reading year for the Sheck. While I did get a few truly great books in, as a voracious reader, I felt like I as in the doldrums. Some books did grab me: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (as if that needed to be said), What is the What by Dave Eggers, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. But mostly, I spent time reading for others: the Community Book Program, my course on Society and Technology, book clubs.

I am hoping that I will get to a few of the books on my wishlist sooner rather than later. Here are some of the titles that are not related to work that I am itching to get to:
-When Elephants Weep: the Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
-Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain by Oliver Saks
-Giving : how each of us can change the world by Bill Clinton
-Woman : an intimate geography by Natalie Angier
-Travels with Herodotus
-How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard
-The Memory Keeper's Daugther by Kim Edwards
-The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst

As I write these down, I am proud of myself for how much nonfiction is on the list. Three New Year's Resolutions ago, I promised that for every piece of fiction I read, I would read a piece of non-fiction. I have always been a voracious reader, particularly of fiction so moving into non-fiction was challenging. Perhaps no longer though, as my list attests.

Best of luck to all of you in finding books in 2008 that take your fancy.


david silver said...

i've seen a few nature documentary about elephants that made *me* weep - i'll be eager to hear your thoughts about When Elephants Weep.

happy new year sheck!

Graffiti said...

I haven't actually read a book for years.

I read bits of them and my library seems to be full of those.