love of reading meme…because I have a life again…

We are on the downhill portion of the semester and I’m starting to have more free hours at work and less stress in general. Admittedly I’ve had little time for reflection and even less time for writing. So, to replace a lack of words, I read. And in honor of reading, here is a love of reading meme, round 2.

What have you just read?
The Vegan Lunch Box around the World by Jennifer McCann. This is a fun little cookbook vegan style. It is geared to the Bento Box craze (which was new to me), but I like it because the cookbook is built around little menus from different countries. So, you can choose to do the Japanese themed bento box with several little courses. Granted this is not authentic stuff, but the menus are well designed and the recipes are pretty tasty, even for vegan food ;)
And yes, I read cookbooks. I admit it.

What are you reading now?
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I’ve owned this one a while and admittedly could never get into it. It isn’t a great book, but I wanted to read it before hitting Year of the Flood, which is a companion work to Oryx and Crake and supposedly The Awesome. The New York Times Book Review compared this new one to The Blind Assassin, one of my faves. Here’s hoping it is that good because Oryx and Crake is mighty bleh.

For the Friends of the Library book club I’m reading The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton. It is a beautifully written and designed book on the influence architecture and the environment can have on our well being. I can’t wait to see how the professor, Patrick Lucas, handles the FOL discussion group because unlike typical book club reads it isn’t heavy on plot and characters. There was mention of a group activity! More to come on that most likely.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
My partner has some of them organized but I have no clue what scheme he used. I have the classics on one bookshelf, the contempo lit on another, and nonfiction elsewhere. That is about as organized as I’ve ever been with books. And yes I am a librarian.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?
As mentioned, The Year of the Flood by Atwood. Here is the review if you are interested. I also recently bought The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt. This tome is a bit daunting, but I liked Possession and I figured I’d give it a go. I’ll probably dig myself out from under sometime next year because I’m a slooowwww reader.

What book would you like to read soon?
I’m really stuck on that one. I’d like to give Netherland by Joseph O’Neill a go finally. I’ve had it sitting on my desk forever. My friend and I are talking about starting a nonfiction reading group (of two) soon. I think we may read Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz. Any suggestions of great, awesome, wonderful books you are reading?