books

I'm always in the middle of half a dozen books. I love inexpensive used books (garage sales and library sales are big events for me), and I have a lot of them. The blog has occasional entries about books I'm reading.

Sister Carrie

Author: 
Theodore Dreiser
Started: 
February 2, 2021

I'm finding this difficult to read at bedtime. I might do better with it during an afternoon reading break.

Driving Over Lemons

Author: 
Chris Stewart
Started: 
February 16, 2021

I picked this up at the library book sale a few years ago when I was paying extra attention to the travel section.

The Polysyllabic Spree

Author: 
Nick Hornby
Started: 
April 15, 2014

I found this at the Friends of the Library book store at Fort Mason and am having a great time reading it.

I've always liked Nick Hornby, and - as a reader with great ambition and wide-ranging interests and hardly any time to read - I enjoy reading about what he did and didn't get to each month.

Howards End

Author: 
E. M. Forster
Started: 
January 5, 2012

I'm starting this tonight - I'm so excited.

My main motivation for reading this is that I'm planning to read Zadie Smith's On Beauty, and I've read that was inspired by Howards End. Plus, it's always good to read an unread classic.

Talent is Overrated

Author: 
Geoff Colvin
Started: 
July 15, 2011

I'm skimming most of this, but paying closer attention to the chapters defining deliberate practice.

What to Listen For in Jazz

Author: 
Barry Kernfeld
Started: 
September 27, 2010

I grew up on top 40 radio with minimal knowledge of jazz. I've come to really enjoy a lot of jazz, but I often feel like I barely speak the language. So far, this is giving me a lot of new understanding - a lot of pathways into appreciating the music more.

Let the Great World Spin

Author: 
Colum McCann
Started: 
August 31, 2010

I requested this from the library on a friend's recommendation. I'm about halfway through and I think it's pretty amazing.

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