No, seriously. My husband is threatening to buy me a new bookshelf so that I will have more space to store my LIBRARY BOOKS. This is bad news. But here’s why:
These are books that I have cataloged, been intrigued by, put on hold, and retrieved from the library in the last six weeks. (These are not all of the library books I currently have in my house.) I have read… none of them, so far. In fact, one of them has to go back to the library tomorrow because someone else wants it, and I’ll have to put it on hold all over again!
So this post is twofold — one, these books do look very interesting and I should share them with you while I have them. Two, I need to remember what they all are so I can eventually put most of them on hold again!
In approximate chronological retrieval order:
1. Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson. This is the one I have to give back, which is unfortunate because I’ve just started hearing really good things about it from the bloggingsphere! I didn’t know much when I put it on hold except for the vague jacket copy: “Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.” Spooky, right? I liked Memento, which has a similar premise and is mentioned in one of the author blurbs on the back, so you know I will eventually get around to this one.
2. The Mathematics of Life, by Ian Stewart. I like math, I think it’s safe to say. I got a little lost at differential equations, but anything before that I was pretty darn good at. I also like popular science books, which is what this really is. It promises to talk about how math and life science are combining today, and I am intrigued.
3. Remembrance of Things I Forgot, by Bob Smith. “It’s safe to say your relationship is finished if the only way you can imagine solving your problems is by borrowing a time machine.” Yes, I would say so. You all know how I feel about sci-fi romps; this book about an apparently “wickedly comic, cross-country, time-bending journey” had to come home with me.
4. How the Hippies Saved Physics, by David Kaiser. Uh, well, I majored in physics. I like popular science, as I mentioned above. I am amused by the idea of using LSD to become more scientifically creative. On the shelf it goes!
5. The Interrogator, by Glenn L. Carle. This one I’m not actually sure I’ll read, because I find memoirs very hit or miss. But The Interrogator is about… an interrogator… for the CIA who was also a long-time spy and basically a professional liar. And then he apparently took on a job that made even him question what the heck he was doing. It seems like it might appeal to the psychological-thriller-lover in me.
6. The End of Everything, by Megan Abbott. Edgar-nominated author, you say? A disappeared young friend, you say? The left-behind young friend taking up the case and also learning more than she wanted to know? Gimme!
7. The Shotgun Rule, by Charlie Huston. This is another I might not finish reading, but I’ll certainly give it a try. The jacket flap promises teenage boys who race their bikes, get high, and steal neighbors’ medications, and then one day they do something really stupid and steal some hard drugs from some “petty hoods.” It is not at all my usual cup of tea, which is part of why I want to read it.
8. Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima. Oh, you know. Fairy tales. Retold. Neil Gaiman. Gregory Maguire. Charles de Lint. No big deal.
9. Dominance, by Will Lavender. There is a bloody ax made of books on the cover. There’s a murderer teaching a college class called “Unraveling a Literary Mystery” from his prison cell. There is a secret game called “the Procedure” that may lead to death. I kind of want to go read this right now…
10. The Talk-Funny Girl, by Roland Merullo. An odd title is a sure draw for me, and although the other parts of this novel are less so — A dying factory town? A girl speaking “a kind of mountain hybrid of English”? Said girl becoming a stoneworker? I don’t know — I am still intrigued. I may wait to hear more about this book before I delve into it.
11. Life on Mars, by Tracy K. Smith. I don’t read enough poetry, and I’ve never read a collection like this that is a little more science-y. How science-y? The first stanza of the title poem goes like this:
“Tina says what if dark matter is like the space between people
When what holds them together isn’t exactly love, and I think
That sounds right — how strong the pull can be, as if something
that knows better won’t let you drift apart so easily, and how
Small and heavy you feel, stuck there spinning in place.”
12. Raising Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory. I found Gregory’s Pandemonium enjoyable, and also: zombies. Specifically, a zombie baby raised by non-zombie parents who grows up and learns that he’s not alone in the world. Creepy? Intriguing? Yes.
13. Like Bees to Honey, by Caroline Smailes. This is apparnetly a story of “family, redemption, and ghosts.” I like that last one, but the first two are a little eh. I was wavering between putting it on hold and ignoring it, and I had decided to ignore it, but then I flipped through its pages and the formatting of the book is, like, weird and stuff and then I started reading the first chapter and I had to remind myself that I was at work and maybe I should go ahead and put that on hold. I’ll tell you how it goes.