The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.

I tend to go through phases where I read one author or one subject for a few weeks. I thought about that last night, because I am finishing up Shake Hands with the Devil and starting We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families. And since I keep a book journal, I can one day go back and say, “Oh, I remember how in August of 2005 I started reading about Rwanda.” Some of the ladies in my book club organize their book journals alphabetically, but I organize mine chronologically. I note whether it’s a reread (which often indicates comfort reading) and if it’s for my book club. Their organization makes more sense if you want to be able to figure out whether you’ve read a book or not, but I like that I can look back and see what I read on vacation one year, and when it was that I read up on the Kennedy assassination, and when I read all those Margaret Maron books in a week, and when I was escaping by reading the fluffiest of chick lit. I don’t keep a written journal (other than this one), but I can look back at my book journal and see what I was reading at different points in my life.

Here are some books I’m on hold for at the library:

Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron (Should be out in a few weeks and is the cheerful book I’m looking forward to as a reward for all the heavy stuff I’ve been reading lately)
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (I feel like I’ve been on hold for this one forever.)
Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich (I don’t read this series, but a friend of mine does and the list at her library was hugely long, and she just had a baby, so I figured that checking it out for her is the least I could do. I’m number 16 on the list. She was number 300 or something like that.)
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith (The latest in the Sunday Philosophy Club series.)
Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs (I heard her on NPR’s The State of Things, and I decided I’d like to check this book out. This is breaking one of my usual rules, because I don’t normally like to read a series out of order.)
Eldest by Christopher Paolini (This is for Mike. It’s just easier if I put his holds on my card.)
The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg (The website was so fun, I decided to check out the book.)

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  1. Book Logging

    I think Kari has guilted inspired me to start logging my books.
    But then I’m loggin’ everythin’ in an effort to know myself…