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February 11, 2010


my book addiction

by Andrea O'Connell

I can’t help it; I buy books even when I have others piled up to read – I buy them anyway. I need to buy them; I love buying books… I love the feel of a new book, I love the smell even; I love how a new crisp book feels in my hands.  It’s like a religious experience.

My most immediate reading projects are piled high right next to me, here at my computer, in two piles, sitting there, begging to be read. (Every now and then my cat jumps on the desk and the books tumble all over the place!)

However, I have an excuse for letting my reading pile up:  I have been working on a Masters degree – an M.S. in Human Resources Management.  So, HR text books and reports were the only thing in my lexicon for these last two years.

These are the books (also pictured below) sitting next to me right now, piled up:

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – I need to finish this one, it’s being lent to me………but I have only touched the surface of it thus far.
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.  Am mid-way through…. I am enthralled, as usual by her writing.  I love this author, but have avoided this book, fearing it was too sad.  It’s not.
  • Babbit by Sinclair Lewis.  Been wanting to read this for years….found an old hardcover edition in a thrift store…anxious to get started.
  • Home by Marilynne Robinson.  This has been on my to-do list for years…
  • The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion.  Another one I’ve been jonesing for.
  • Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion.  I have not heard about this one, but bought it together with the above Didion title…. couldn’t help myself…LOL!
  • All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg.  Now, this looks really fine… a memoir about life growing up in Alabama.  Bragg is, I believe, a journalist for the NY Times at present.
  • Push by Sapphire.  I am just totally curious about this one….
  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  Really anxious to read this…. love the concept, but afraid it may be depressing.
  • Leadership is an Art (HR related material that I want to read)
  • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.  I bought this recently when i bought Gilead.  I hear so many raves about her writing… can’t wait to start it.
  • The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro.  I love this author…she’s exquisite, don’t know this book, anxious to begin.
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  I know, I know… I have been a slacker and should have read this by now… my bad.
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.  I followed this brave man’s journey through his battle with cancer.  This will be a difficult and sad read, but one that I have to do.
  • bird by bird by Annie Lamott.  I have read most of this delightful book already…. just have not finished it.
  • The Situation is Hopeless but not Serious: The Pursuit of Unhappiness by Paul Watzlawick.  One of my professors told me this is a good read, so of course I bought it!
  • The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Irving Guffman.  Same professor above suggested this book to me, too.  He said it’s a classic.
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  This book intrigued me so it’s on my shelf now… I can’t remember hearing anything about it…
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I am in the middle of this book…I find it enchanting.
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.  This my mom gave to me – she loved it.
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.  Another of my mom’s suggested books.  I have not opened it yet, but did I read it’s a movie now?
  • Ophelia’s Fan by Christine Balint. My mom gave me this one, too. I wonder if the “Ophelia” of the book will have ties to Hamlet?

ohhhh, I almost forgot!!!  I just picked up Catcher in the Rye by Salinger.  I want to relive that book again….

What do you think of my list?  I sure would like some ideas/suggestions/feedback.

The books piled up next to me

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. christine
    Feb 11 2010

    I thought I was the only one who did this….thank goodness I’m not alone.

    I must say however, your list is much longer than mine.

    I have only about 10 to read……one of these days, I will crack the covers and get them off my shelf and out to the clubhouse library….


    • Andrea
      Feb 11 2010

      LOL! I’m glad to know I’m not alone, too! I hope you find the time to devour yours, too! My problem, however, I have tooooo many books….but, I do intend to read them, even though they’re piled high… 🙂


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