Too Many Good Books


Yes, it’s that time again! Time to talk books, that is. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like as I’m making things to sell at craft fairs. I’m also participating in NanoWriMo, which is thrilling, intimidating, enlivening my writing life and taking up a serious chunk of time this month.

All good stuff and like my daughter noted today, “You’re so much happier, Mom.” So true! I’m doing work I enjoy and living in a place I love.


As I said before, I went to the Ithaca public library a few Sundays ago while at Wizarding Weekend and greedily picked up a stack of books that Alan then had to haul through the rainy streets back to the parking garage. He’s a treasure!

Whenever I’m in a library, it’s like a kid going to the dessert table at a family gathering or potluck dinner, piling her plate high with food she couldn’t possibly consume in one sitting. And in the same way, I couldn’t possibly read all those books in one borrowing period, but I can’t help myself–I have to take as many as I can carry.

So, what are the to-be-read books in my current library stack, you ask?

I’ve mentioned Laura Vanderkam’s 168 Hours about time management.

I may not have mentioned Laura Vanderkam’s other book that I borrowed, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. This one also has to do with time management. Doesn’t it help to have those real women’s stories to inspire us to get our acts together and do what we dream of doing?

Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman. I must admit to never having read one of his books. What  is wrong with me, right? Not even A Man Called Ove? Nope, not yet. I’ve been following other reading rabbit trails and I am so behind the times. But if I can get to it, I’ll plunge into this one.

The description and stories of other people reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng has me curiously wondering what I’ll think of it. I usually don’t pick books other than mysteries where someone dies at the beginning, but Anne Bogel raves about it. Ok, Anne, it’s made it home. Let’s see if I like it as much as your readers do.

Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin was a happy discovery. The library is usually out of his books, plus I’ve read most of his by now. But I heard him talk about this one on a podcast recently, how he dedicated it to a friend and French chef who passed away and decided I should read it.

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks intrigued me when I first heard about it. A door to the past and a murder to solve? A must read! Time travel books are some of my favorite fiction reads. (I’m working my way through 11/22/63 right now as well…)

What do you think of this book pile? Have you read any of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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