Are you one of those people who like to be reading several books at once? You may have one by your bed, one in the living room, and one in the bathroom. Or you may have a novel, a how-to, and an inspirational book that you're perusing. I'm usually not one of those people although I know many that are. I like to be focused on one book until I complete it and then move onto something else. Occasionally I vary from this, but that is the method I am most comfortable with.
Therefore, I was surprised at how many books I had checked out from the library. I knew that I had several, but decided today that I should gather them up to see what I actually had. And I found that I had more than one, more than two, and more than three--the numbers with which I am most comfortable. How did this happen? Well, the first thing is that I work in the library and am surrounded by interesting (and not so interesting books) everyday. However, I don't really have time to look at them during work, so anything that catches my eye, I take home for further investigation. I'm not sure why more things have been catching my eye recently, but it may be related to the fact that I can't seem to settle into a book right now.
Nevertheless, here's what I found on my book hunt today.
The Mad, Mad, Mad, Sixties Cookbook by Rodgers and Maclean--This book caught my attention when another staff member was reading titles of some of the recipes. They reminded me of all of the good stuff I'd had at cover dish dinners both long ago and recently. Some recipes never get old. So far, I've only read the introduction, but I hope to spend more time with this book. Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho by Fodor's--I hope we can go on a vacation to these areas this year. I will look at the book more if I can get the rest of the family to agree on a time that they can go.
Sarah, Plain and Tallby MacLachlan--One day the children's librarian was saying how this book is beautifully written with just the right amount of words. I haven't read it in a very long time, so I thought it was time to revisit it. I haven't opened it yet and it may go back before I do. There are plenty of copies, so I should be able to easily get it another time.
Help, Thanks, Wowby Lamont--This book about prayer was actually a gift, but I want to read it. I'm just getting into it, but I really like Lamont's style. She puts things in a very accessible way whether or not you are a religious person. I started this book with Wally and hope I can continue it with him.
The Peculiar by Bachmann--One day the children's librarian was listening to some music by the author of the book. This exceptional kid wrote the book when he was sixteen and has composed symphonies as well. When I asked her if the book was any good, she said that it was and it showed up on my desk a couple of days later. I've only read a couple of chapters of this dark fantasy novel and while I would like to read the whole book because it starts out with an intriguing story, I don't know if I will finish it before it is due back.
Repairing Antique Clocks by Smith--Theo is learning to repair old clocks, so I though that I would learn a little about the subject myself. So far, I have only looked at the pictures, but Ward is reading the book. He is finding it quite interesting.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksby Skloot--I read this very good book a couple of years ago about the life of Henrietta Lacks, her contribution to science, the ramifications that had for her family. This is our book this month for book club, so I'm trying to read it again. If you haven't read it, I highly suggest that you check it out.
South Dakota's Black Hills and Badlands by Insider's Guide--another vacation book that hasn't been opened.
The Diet Cure by Ross--I am usually not attracted to diet books. There are so many of them and they all claim that they have THE answer. So I don't really know why I brought this one home except the cover said that it would end food cravings and right about then I really wanted some Oreo cookies. However, I skimmed the entire book and started reading the first couple of chapters. I may actually spend some more time with this book. It seems very reasonable so far.
Home to Harmony by Gulley--This is a charming book about life in a small town much of which I can relate to. However after I read a few chapters in it, I lost it for a couple of weeks. I finally found it at the doctor's office I had taken it to to read while I was waiting for my appointment. If I hadn't lost it, I would have finished it. But I'm not sure how it will stack up against the rest of this pile before it has to be returned.
So there you have it. A big pile of books, none of which is getting the attention it deserves. If I had any doubts before, they have been to put to rest. I can't seem to manage a lot of books at once. But how nice that I have a library that let me try this experiment.