Wednesday, December 21, 2011

[1206] holiday bookbag

I'm jumping on the holiday bookbag bandwagon. Apparently my all-star prof (see also: the one who is constantly ragging on my choices of baked goods), Adam Golub, wrote last year about the books he was taking with him to read on his holiday excursions. Rebecca Onion decided to swipe the idea for herself, writing about the titles filling up "holiday bookbag." Inspired by this thievery, I, too, decided to share my winter reading list.

1. The Man Who Cried I Am by John A. Williams
I borrowed this from my brain-twin Monique a while back and haven't gotten a chance to finish it. I read 150 pages of it in one sitting. Didn't even pause to check muh Twitter. It's that good. Too good to read in five minute intervals as I drift in and out of consciousness before bed every night. I sat in on one of Monique's classes at UCI with Dr. Frank Wilderson, who is kind of a BAMF, and who gave some amazing insights into the book and the real-life counterparts to its characters. Finishing this is priority #1... especially since poor Mo still hasn't read the last 30 pages. Sorry, love!
Oh, heyyy. Lookin' for a wife #4?

2. A Death in the Family by James Agee
After reading Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, I developed an intellectual crush on James Agee. I won't embarrass myself by divulging how much time I spent Googling him, but suffice it to say that I think I can now be considered a James Agee scholar. A Death in the Family is an autobiographical novel about the death of Agee's father in a car accident. Agee himself died at age 45 (dude lived HARD) and the book was published two years later. Ended up winning him a posthumous Pulitzer. I've read 70% of it according to my Kindle.

3. Fables vol. 6 & 7 by Bill Willingham
I love Fables. Volume 6 has been giving me some trouble, though. For one, somehow the cover of my trade paperback became detached from the book's binding. As such, I have to read it ever-so delicately to keep the pages from separating into an unwieldy mess of individual sheets of paper. Secondly, I don't think I'm all that into Jack, and the first half of Homelands is pretty much all about him. More Boy Blue, less Jack, please.

4. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
If you have EVER asked me for a book recommendation, I have recommended Larson's Devil in the White City. If I've ever bought you a book as a present, it was probably Devil in the White City. If you've already read Devil in the White City, I probably went on to recommend Thunderstruck. I'm a bit of a Larson fangirl. Somehow my friend Kristin got inside of my head and figured out that this would be the absolutely perfect birthday present for me, so it has been calling to me since September. Shh, I'm coming, darling book.

5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
I've been meaning to snag a copy of this somewhere for a while, but now that I've seen the posters for the film adaptation, it has become absolutely crucial that I read this. Aside from my obsession with "The Vampire Diaries," vampire stuff isn't really my bag. A smart, witty, historical vampire novel sounds right up my alley, though. Plus, again, the flippin' posters.

What are you reading? Any recommendations? Tell me here or friend me on Goodreads!