Friday, September 11, 2009

Two Towers of Books

Please forgive the crude 9/11 reference. My books really are stacked into two piles on my desk, so when I realized this would post today, I figured it's as good a memorial as any.

The first night I was at my parents I dug through their basement library and hauled up a stack of books to bring back. Then I started visiting people and they kept giving me books! Turns out that talking about reading and writing all the time makes people take pity on you and share what they've got.

From my Mom:
The Year of Fog – Michelle Richmond*
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell*
The Dog Whisperer – Paul Owens

From my Aunt Karen:
The Successful Novelist – David Morrell

From Jenna:
Graffiti Girl – Kelly Parra*
Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway*
Uglies – Scott Westerfield*
Time of My Life – Allison Winn Scotch*
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving*
Middlesex – Jeffery Eugenides*
(Jenna actually gave me more but I left a couple at my mom's)

From my Sister:
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
A Million Little Pieces – James Frey*

From Natasha (a long time ago but they're just now with me):
To the Nines – Janet Evanovich
Ten Big Ones – Janet Evanovich

From Barnes & Noble:
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Shack – Wm. Paul Young

From Petco
Animal Planet's Miniature Schnauzers – Nikki Moustaki

*on loan

Aren't they wonderful? I have a good variety and I'm really looking forward to digging in. I've already finished Time of My Life and now I cannot wait for Scotch's third book.

Anything new you've read recently that you can't stop talking about? Or that you wish you'd never read?

And as always -- Craig, I'll never forget you.


Lisa said...

I'm currently reading Nicholas Evans book The Loop. I'm about 3/4 through and I love it. I've got his other two I haven't read waiting in line.

Such good stories.

Janna Qualman said...

I really didn't think I'd be emotional at all. I was wrong.

LOVE big piles of TBR books! I've just been introduced to Joanna Trollope, who has a lot of titles. I think I'm going to like her, and I'm glad there's a stack to work through.

Happy reading!

WendyCinNYC said...

Wow, that's a lot of books! Happy reading!

Melanie Avila said...

Lisa, I haven't heard of that, but I'll check it out!

Janna, I know... I love when I discover a new (to me) author.

Thanks Wendy!

LurkerMonkey said...

Lotsa good books on that list ... The Road is one of my favorite book published in recent years. But, man, is it heavy.

Amy Sue Nathan said...

I recommend The Help and Starting Out in the Evening. Guess I'll give them to you next time you're "in."

Ok, Mel, my word verification is "cocit." You trying to tell me something?

Melanie Avila said...

Lurker, The Road is one that seems to follow me around. I've heard good and bad things about it (probably because of the heaviness) and I figured that since my sister had an extra copy I'd give it a try.

Melanie Avila said...

Amy, ha! No. :)

Yes, next time I'm home would be great!

jeanhasbeenshopping said...

My Mom and sister send me books all the time. Your blog brought a smile to my face. Currently trying to get through the 3rd Twilight book. It's sitting on my nightstand, collecting dust. Something about a whiney werewolf just turns my stomach.

JLC said...

I read your title and actually thought of "The Two Towers" but I also finished LOTR this summer, so it was probably still on my mind.

Just finished 'Angels and Demons' by Brown. Typical Brown style... fairly strong plot until the conclusion. But it was still entertaining. Now I am reading 'An Irish Country Doctor' by Taylor. So far it is a very cute story. I'll be interested to know your thoughts about 'The Shack' and 'The Alchemist'.

Let me know when you reach the bottom of your book piles..I can send you some too! :)

Natasha Fondren said...

The Successful Novelist is a good one! I just read the Alchemist and loved it. I was blown away by the Hunger Games yesterday. Amazing. Just... amazing. Perfect in every way.

EriCan said...

Nice to have you back :)

Those sound like great books. The one book I've read I think I told you I loved, that was, "Finger Lickin Fifteen," by Janet Evanovich. Looks like you're on the way to that one!! Enjoy reading all of them.

Nadine said...

Yay for all of your books!

I'm currently making my way through all of the Sue Grafton books. I wanted to read them in order, but the Hawaii library system failed me. So I'm catching up on the ones I missed. I just finished F is for Fugitive and currently reading G is for Gumshoe.

Melanie's Mom said...

I'm going to be meeting JoAnna Carl at a fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center in Grand Rapids, called "Wine, Women and Chocolate." She write the "chocolate mysteries" and I've found them to be fun, with good characters. JoAnna Carl is a pen name for a journalist, Eva Sandstrom, who lives in West Michigan during the summer and sets her books in a tourist town, similar to where I live.

Benjamin Solah said...

You should post photos. I love photos of books ;) Oh and I just love books in general.

I'm almost finished reading a short story collection by Tom Cho, which kind of talks about changing identities, influences from pop-culture and his Chinese background. Funny and an easy read.

gypsyscarlett said...

I'm reading the steampunk novel, The Difference Engine by Gibson and Sterling.

Loving it.

And I see you picked up my favorite novel, Wuthering Heights. Have you read it before?

Melanie Avila said...

Jean, ugh, don't ask me about the Twilight books. They're my guilty pleasure. :)

Melanie Avila said...

JLC, that occurred to me too. I liked Angels & Demons the best out of all his books. I'm sure I'll read his new one eventually.

I might read the Alchemist next, so I'll try to remember to share my opinion.

Melanie Avila said...

Natasha, I hadn't heard of The Successful Novelist (clearly, lol) but my Aunt Karen said it helped her a lot. Maybe I should ready THAT next!

Melanie Avila said...

Erica, I saw #15 in the bookstore -- the cover is noticeably "hotter" than the others, no?

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, that's one series I've never read. My mom has all of them so maybe someday. Do you like them? I've found if I read a series all in a row (like with the Evanovich books) I get bored of the formula.

Melanie Avila said...

Mom, I can't wait to hear how that goes!

Melanie Avila said...

Benjamin, I posted photos last year when I brought back an even bigger stack of books. I was not nearly as creative this time around.

That book sounds interesting. I keep hearing more and more about Asian authors but haven't read many beyond Amy Tan.

Melanie Avila said...

Gypsy, I've never read steampunk. I'm not really into science fiction so I'm not sure if I'd like it. I'll try someday...

Can you believe I've never read Wuthering Heights? I have a copy somewhere that I've toted around with me for years, but when I went to read it a couple months ago I discovered it's not here. It probably wasn't the wisest move to buy a new one, but it was only $5.

Robin said...

Wow! I've never even heard of a lot of these books! I'm reading "The Magicians" right now - it's a Harry Potterish book about a college for magicians. I'm giving it to my son, Kevin next. He'll love it.

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, a couple of them I hadn't heard of before, but the majority have been on my wish list. I can't wait to dig in!