Currently: On My Bookshelf

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, 2. Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg, 3. Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson, 4. French for Cats by Henri de la Barbe, 5. Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin , 6. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hahn

Since I’ve been in a book-crazy mode lately, I thought it might be fun to mention a few of the books that I have recently purchased, read, am currently reading, and plan on reading in the near future. Maybe you’ll be inspired to read a few of them, as well!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Wow, what a book. I have to say this was one of the most suspenseful, horrific, addicting books I have ever read…ever. I put it on hold (one of 300 plus!) at the library toward the end of summer and didn’t get my hands on it until mid-December. It took nearly 4 months! I had no idea what it really was about but knew it was a best-seller and super hyped, so I figured I’d give it a go. For me to really get into a book, it needs to grab me within the first 30-50 pages, otherwise I’m over it. I was waiting to be proved wrong, and by golly, it gripped me within the first 15-20. I absolutely loved it, couldn’t get enough of it, didn’t want it to end. Creepy, psychotic, and mysterious. I’m not really sure how I feel about the ending, but I think that’s the point.

Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg: I purchased this book at Powell’s about a month ago as I was drawn to their “new best sellers” table. I saw a cat. I saw the words “insane devotion”. And I knew it was going to be a book I had to read. After my kitten passing the day before this book came out, it was a timely read to pursue. From what I can gather, it’s about a man who’s cat goes missing, and he goes on a journey to find her. According to the description, “Trachtenberg ponders the mysteries of feline intelligence (why do cats score worse on some tests than pigeons?), the origins of their domestication, their terrible treatment during the Middle Ages. He also looks at the riddle of why any of us loves whom we love and all the unforeseen places to which that devotion leads us.” I can’t wait.

Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson: A tiny book of short stories that somehow end up being interconnected in some way toward the end. That’s what my boyfriend who gifted it to me says. This is what I’m currently reading at the moment, and I’ve only made it through the first story. So far I can tell it is going to be a raw chronicle of lost souls and drug addicts.

French for Cats by Henri de la Barbe: During my recent visit home to California, I pursued through my grandmother’s collection of “kids” books, and books from my childhood. One of the gems I stumbled upon was this French for Cats! My grandma insisted I take it home with me. It’s awesome. I don’t speak French, but this book inspires me to want to learn it! In the meantime, I can just pick up a few tips from this book and speak French to my future kitties. Here are a few of my favorite words an9d sayings:

  • Les Moustaches (The Whiskers)
  • Je ronronne (I purr)
  • Je cours rapidement d’une pièce à l;autre sans aucune raison apparente (I run rapidly from room to room for no apparent reason)
  • La Litière pour les Chats (The Kitty Litter)

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin: I had never considered myself a Bruce Springsteen fan until I spontaneously decided to buy my boyfriend and I tickets to see him live back in November after I found out he was coming to town the day before (I got some awesome tickets on Craigslist!). My boyfriend isn’t the most obsessed Springsteen fan, either, but I knew that he was a fan of Born To Run and the songs around that era. Let me tell you–the 63 year old guy (and the rest of the E Street Band) knows how to rock your ‘effing socks off. We were both blown away. We laughed and cried and sang and three hours and fifteen minutes later, had fallen in love with Bruce and the E Street Band. So naturally, after that incredible performance, I had many questions. “Who is the piano player, bass player, what’s the history behind that song, how did Bruce start this or that?” or what-have-you. So yes, timely in the fact that this book came out and now I can delve into 512 pages of more than I ever needed to know about the guy. But hey, it’ll be fun.

6. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hahn: My dearest friend gifted this classic book to me during the holidays, and the timing couldn’t have been better. I’ve been in need of some spiritual guidance and wisdom lately. It seems that it will mostly focus on meditation, breathing, and mindfulness. And I haven’t been in the regular practice of meditation for quite some time now. I’m overdue. You know how you know something is good for you, yet you just haven’t yet been motivated enough to implement the change yet? Yeah. Story of our lives. This book will be great, though. I can just keep it in my purse all the time and pull it out randomly whenever I’m in transit (but not driving, of course!).

That’s all for now! I’ll update with some cookbooks next time around. Let me know if you read or have read any of these and what you think!

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