One day every week, my husband and I have what we call our “Breakfast & Books Date”–we have breakfast at Perkins Restaurant and then head over to Barnes & Noble to look around. More often that not I leave the bookstore with at least one book, but not always. When I already have a huge TBR pile (like I do right now), it’s enough just to walk around, check out the new releases and add titles to my ever-growing wish list.
This week I bought two books. My 10-year-old daughter recently discovered a few Sherlock Holmes books in her school library and decided to check them out. She loved them. However, they were abridged editions for children and she really wanted to read the stories as they were originally written. I remembered seeing these two complete Sherlock Holmes volumes at Barnes & Noble, so I decided to buy them for all of us to read. I was introduced to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries by my father when I was a kid, but have only read a few of them. My husband also likes them, so I thought this would be the perfect time to purchase the collection. We’re all looking forward to reading them.
I also added twelve books to my wish list this trip. Some of them I have been eyeing for quite some time, and some of them I just discovered today. They all sound very interesting.
- What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz — I have liked Koontz’s supernatural thrillers ever since reading Lightning as a teenager, but I don’t think I’ve read any since the end of the Odd Thomas series. It’s time to start checking them out again.
- Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman — I read Hoffman’s Here on Earth years ago, and really enjoyed it. I only recently started reading the rest of her books, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. She has written quite a few, so whenever I see one I haven’t read, I scoop it up or put it on my wish list.
- Saul Bellow: Letters edited by Benjamin Taylor — I always love reading the letters and journals of great authors. I find even the most mundane aspects of their lives fascinating.
- The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar — I am always interested in reading about other cultures, and this book deals with class and gender roles in modern day Bombay.
- Columbine by Dave Cullen — This one has been suggested to me by quite a few people, and it sounds pretty interesting.
- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett — My mother just finished reading this and said it was really good. It was also named Amazon Best of the Month (September 2010) by Amazon.com and is the first book of The Century Trilogy.
- The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson — This book was the 2010 Man Booker Prize winner and is described by Amazon.com as “a funny, furious, unflinching novel of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and the wisdom and humanity of maturity.”
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert — This is a new translation by Lydia Davis. I love reading the classics, and whenever I can find one in hardcover like this to add to my collection, I just have to buy it.
- Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy — I started reading Binchy’s books after seeing the movie “Circle of Friends” (based on her book of the same title). I have liked some more than others, and Tara Road is by far my favorite, but I’ve never been disappointed.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving — I have no idea why I waited so long to read Irving, but I read Last Night in Twisted River towards the end of 2010 and instantly fell in love with his writing. I will definitely be reading any of his books I can get my hands on.
- The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman — This is Hoffman’s newest book, just released on January 25th.
- The Double by José Saramago — I first heard of Saramago from a friend who suggested I read Death With Interruptions. It was a great book. I had never heard of the author, so I looked him up and learned that he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. Not only is he a novelist–he is also a poet, playwright and journalist. I must have been living under a rock. Hahaha! I definitely want to read more of his books.
So there you have it, the first of many Breakfast & Books posts to come. If you have read any of these books, don’t be afraid to leave a comment to let everyone know what you thought. If you have suggestions for books I should look into during future Breakfast & Books dates, be sure to leave those in the comments, too. Have a great weekend!