Breakfast & Books

Posted May 12, 2011 by in Breakfast & Books / 4 Comments

Breakfast & BooksI haven’t done one of these posts in a while, because I’ve been trying to be good about not buying new books when I have so many sitting on my TBR pile bookcase.  Eric and I have still been going to Barnes & Noble every week, but I’ve just been browsing and putting books on my mental wish list instead of purchasing them.

This week was no different, the breakfast part of our date was tasty and uneventful, and I didn’t buy anything when we went to B&N, even though I found a book I really wanted.  I actually carried it around the store with me for about twenty minutes, and then my willpower kicked in and I put it back without buying it.  I just had to tell myself, ‘You are not ready to read that yet.  You have so many other books you need to read first.  It will still be here when you’re ready to read it, and you can buy it then.’  By now you’re probably wondering why I’m even posting a Breakfast & Books blog if I didn’t buy anything during our breakfast & books date.  Well, I actually did buy four books from B&N this week (on Monday) with a gift card which was given to me by Eric for Mother’s Day.  Hoorah!  I also received two other books for Mother’s Day which were gifts from my wonderful kids (and which I was nice enough to pick out ahead of time so Eric wouldn’t struggle with trying to decide which books to pick from my enormous wish list).  My family rocks.

These are the two books I received from the kids:

The Emperor of All Maladies & Moonwalking With Einstein

I’ve written about The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee in an older Breakfast & Books post, so I won’t say much about it again here.  I will tell you, in case you weren’t already aware, that it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.  Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, written by Joshua Foer, came out at the beginning of March and I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it.  My memory is horrible because I end up having to remember everything for everybody in my house, so I’m interested to read what Foer has to offer on this subject.  It should be pretty interesting.

These are the four books I purchased with my gift card:

AnnabelI already wrote about Annabel in the same post that included Mukherjee’s book, so again, I won’t go into great detail here.  It was written by Kathleen Winter and it is about a baby who is born a hermaphrodite and whose parents decide to raise him as a boy.  Check out this Breakfast & Books post for more information.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks & A Visit From the Goon SquadI’ve already written about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the blog, as well (in this post).  A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan is a book that I had been thinking about reading for a while, and when it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction I decided to officially put it on my wish list.

The Evolution of Bruno LittlemoreThis is the Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, written by Benjamin Hale.  Bruno is a chimpanzee that has the ability to speak.  A woman from the zoo takes him home to give him more attention concerning his education.  Bruno falls in love with the woman and  I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that he seriously injures (kills?) a man whom he’s jealous of.  Anyway, this book sounds super interesting to me and I have read a lot of good reviews about it.  Can’t wait to read it.

So, even though I have been relatively good about not purchasing books just because, I am lucky enough to have a husband and kids who understand my book addiction and who know that books make the perfect gifts.  They’re the greatest.  Happy reading!



  • Hey, you had a good excuse….a gift card! You always buy the most interesting titles. I’ve been wanting to read Jennifer Egan’s book. One of her earlier novels, The Keep, is one that I really loved. Like you said, now that it won the Pulitzer Prize, I will be getting it for sure.

    I have my monthly library sale on Saturday so here I go…buying more books!

    • I really need to find out if, and how often, our local libraries have book sales. They’re both pretty small, so I bet they don’t have sales too often. But it would be great to buy books AND support the libraries.

  • I LOVED Moonwalking with Einstein, very, very much liked Goon Squad, you’re in for some great reads, girl!

    • I am ready to start a new book now, so I think Moonwalking With Einstein will be the one. Woot!