Sunday, January 14, 2007

Reading for January

I've been in a book-buying mood and these are the books I have to read for January (and maybe February):
  1. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss: Thanks, babelbabe. I wouldn't normally have looked at this book but I'm loving it.
  2. Empire Falls by Richard Russo: I saw this miniseries on HBO and enjoyed it. Since I usually like books better, I thought I'd read it.
  3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfied: I like a good ghost story, which amazon claims this is.
  4. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis: This sounded interesting to me -- the tale of how our founding fathers fought about but eventually came to an agreement about the course of this country.
  5. On Beauty by Zadie Smith: I have White Teeth but haven't read it; I thought I might be better motivated with this book.
  6. Awake in the Dark by Shira Nayman: These are short stories about the children of Holocaust victims and participants.
  7. Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly: Hambly has written vampire novels before and they were very good -- Traveling with the Dead and Those Who Hunt the Night -- but it's been a long time, so I'm looking forward to this one.

9 comments:

Kristina said...

Zadie Smith has me intrigued, though I have yet to read her. She's on my list(s) though...

Katya said...

She's been on mine for several years but I haven't read her yet. I don't know why.

sari said...

I bought White Teeth and I just couldn't get through it. I wanted to, but couldn't. Let me know how you like On Beauty.

ashley said...

i really liked "a history of love". the "awake in the dark" book sounds good, too.

Robin said...

"Empire Falls" is one of my all-time favorite novels, as is Russo's "Nobody's Fool".

I haven't seen the miniseries, mostly because I know it won't live up to my expectations. I did watch the movie version of "Nobody's Fool" after reading the book, though, and loved it.

Katya said...

I've never read Russo before but I really liked the Empire Falls miniseries so I'm looking forward to this book.

Lazy cow said...

I like Russo too. Straight man is my favourite - very funny.

BabelBabe said...

love love LOVE Russo. Nobody's Fool, Risk Pool, and Mohawk are fabulous books. Empire Falls was good but not as good as the others, I will look forward to hearing what you think.
Also, 13th Tale, which I loved.

Glad you liked History...I just picked up Krauss' other novel, Man Walks into a Room. and did you know 1)Crocodile Street is a real book? and 2)Krauss is married to jonathan safran foer?

Katya said...

I had no idea -- about either of those things. Let me know what you think of Man Walks Into a Room -- I like the title.