Category: Breakfast & Books


Breakfast & Books: The Beats of Summer Style

Posted 29 May, 2013 by Heather in Breakfast & Books / 10 Comments

I have quite a few books to tell you about today, loyal readers. I have been borrowing books from both of my local libraries in preparation for a pretty cool project I’m participating in next month, and figured I would wait to write about them when I had them all together.

Our breakfast dates have been lovely as usual. Yesterday was the second-to-last breakfast date before the school year ends, though. I’m getting a little misty-eyed just thinking about next week being the last one until September. But with the kids out of school, Eric’s Wednesdays off will become our weekly family trip to the library, so there’s that. BOOKS FOR EVERYONE!

Yeah, yeah, I know: you’re all like, “Blah, blah, breakfast dates, blah…SHOW US THE BOOKS!” Okay, okay…

The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler

For June, #1book140 voted for Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. This is the book I borrowed when we went to the library yesterday. I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, and though I’m hearing things about The Big Sleep containing all the misogyny and homophobia, I’m looking forward to reading it and knocking it off the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list that I’m casually working on. (You can get more information about #1book140 in my sidebar, if you’re interested.)

NEXT.

THE BEATS OF SUMMER.

The Beats of Summer button - click for more infoClick here for more info and to sign up on Adam’s website

Now THIS is something I’m excited to tell you about. Adam of Roof Beam Reader is hosting a Beat Generation project that starts on June 1st and runs through July 14th. I’ve read a few books from the Beat authors (including On the Road), but they are a group of people whom I’ve been meaning to read more about. They’re a pretty fascinating bunch. I’ve been gathering up the books I want to read for the project, and I finally have them all together and ready to go (books are linked to Goodreads for more detailed information):

1. Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, 1957-1969

  • I found this book by accident while looking for the one on the right in the photo. I love reading letters that well-known people have written to others. It satisfies a nosy curiosity that I normally ignore in myself. I expect this book to be very interesting.

2. Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg, by Carolyn Cassady

  • I don’t know how much you know about the Beat guys, but they were rather…interesting. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be married to one of them (or to have just dated one of them, for that matter), so I can’t wait to read what Carolyn Cassady as to say about it.

3. Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958, by Jack Kerouac and Joyce Johnson

  • Two words: MORE LETTERS.

4. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs

  • I’ve been meaning to read this for a very long time. I kept passing it over for other things, but now I have a reason to read it.

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

  • I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. I also haven’t seen the movie, so I’ll be watching it when I’m done reading the book. I heart Jack Nicholson.

6. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe

  • This book has one of the most interesting titles ever. I know almost nothing about the book aside from its status as a memoir about Tom Wolfe spending time with Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters (whom I also know nothing about). It should be a fun ride.

I will also be reading William Burroughs, written by Barry Miles (not pictured), which is one of the books I picked up from one of the library book sales I attended in April. I haven’t decided if I should read it before or after I read Naked Lunch. What do you think?

If you’re interested in joining us for The Beats of Summer, check out the sign-up post on Roof Beam Reader. The more, the merrier!

Happy reading, my bookish friends!

Tags:

Divider

Breakfast & Books: This Week, Part Deux

Breakfast & Books: This Week, Part Deux

Two Breakfast & Books posts in one week! I think that makes me one lucky gal, because…MORE BOOKS. Eric and I had our usual Wednesday breakfast date this morning at Perkins (YUM), and then we went to the library (like we usually do after breakfast on Wednesdays). I had one book to return and one to borrow, although I ended up borrowing two: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is for #TuesBookTalk, and The Fourth Bear is the second book […]

Divider

Breakfast & Books: Library Book Sale Edition!

Breakfast & Books: Library Book Sale Edition!

Today I am giving you a special edition of Breakfast & Books to kick off the series (again). The bigger of my two local libraries had their bi-annual book sale this past weekend, and today (Monday) was BAG DAY. If you don’t know what bag day is, it’s usually the last day of library book sales and you pay a set price for an entire bag of books (in this case, I paid $5 per bag). But what made THIS […]

Divider

Breakfast & Books

Breakfast & Books

Well folks, this is the last Breakfast & Books post until the new school year starts at the end of August.  Instead of Eric and I going on a breakfast & books date every week, our day out will be a library date for the whole family.  We’re all looking forward to that, but I’m sure going to miss our breakfast dates. This week, I went to Barnes & Noble for three specific books.  One of the books is one […]

Divider

Breakfast & Books

Breakfast & Books

Can’t.  Stop.  Buying.  Books.  I have come to the conclusion that I have an addiction.  However, at least my addiction is feeding my brain, instead of eating away at it.  Justification of said addiction is the key. Anyway, Eric and I had a nice day out and experienced something that warmed our hearts.  While we were at Perkins, there was an older couple having breakfast there, as well (I would guess they are in their mid-70’s).  We went to Barnes […]

Divider

Breakfast & Books

Breakfast & Books

I 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 […]

Divider

Breakfast & Books

Breakfast & Books

In my last Breakfast & Books post, I told you that I probably wouldn’t be writing another one for a while because I have so many books to read.  Eric and I didn’t even go to Barnes & Noble after breakfast last week, and we only stopped there today because Eric was looking for a specific magazine.  Well, I broke down and bought two books.  Actually, as Eric is also  interested in these particular books, it was more like a […]

Divider

Breakfast & Books

Breakfast & Books

I skipped last week’s Breakfast & Books post because I had just ordered a bunch of books from Amazon and I vowed not to buy anything at Barnes & Noble… and I kept my vow.  Therefore, I really didn’t have anything to write about.  I almost skipped this week’s post, too, because now I have so many books on my TBR pile that it’s going to take me weeks to get through them all.  But alas, while at BN today, […]

Divider

Breakfast & Books… lots and lots of books.

Breakfast & Books… lots and lots of books.

This week’s breakfast was nice and uneventful.  Everyone was using their inside voices and no one offered me a free kids meal.  The food was delicious and I ate too much, as usual.  It has been a VERY good week for book purchases, too. These are the books I bought at Barnes & Noble.  I’ve been putting off buying Madame Bovary for some reason, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss out on the hardcover edition, so I […]

Divider

Breakfast & Books

Breakfast & Books

So… this week’s breakfast was kind of interesting.  It was pretty busy when we got to Perkins, since we didn’t get our lazy butts there until noon.  We asked to be seated in our favorite waitress’s area (she’s the best waitress there), and settled in to our usual breakfast conversations.  Well, there was an older couple seated at a table next to our booth, and they were obviously not happy with how busy the restaurant was and how long it […]

Divider