Friday, July 8, 2011

On my Nightstand

Currently, I'm in the middle of several books . . . I justify it since they're all so different:

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

I'd been meaning to read this one for a while (ever since I saw the author speak at San Francisco's City Arts & Lectures a few years ago).  I'm thoroughly enjoying it, despite having interrupted it upon the arrival of my next book in the mail:

Hell's Angel, Sonny Barger

By now you all know why I'm reading this.  Love it.  Wanna know everything about MC culture.  I also ordered a book about a federal agent who infiltrated the infamous Mongrols MC, so I'll let you know about that one when I'm done, too. ;)  I know you're all chomping at the bit.

the new black, Evie Shockley

I stumbled upon this new book of poems on a trip to City Lights, and I LOVE IT.  She uses a lot of traditional form (even a ghazal!) but modernizes them into a collection of poems about gender, race, identity, history, etc.  Evie Shockley might be my new fave.

Next up is this:

First they Killed my Father, Loung Ung

Kristin sent me this (along with two others!) for the book swap, and I can't wait to read it.  It's obviously going to be really intense, but I can balance it out with:

Something Blue, Emily Giffin

Novels the color of Easter eggs = guilty pleasure.

I know it's Friday, but I couldn't resist linking up with Meghan since her Top Five Thursday topic was books, so here it is a day late!

26 comments:

starnes family said...

I love summer reading! I have been hooked on beach reads this summer. Sounds normal, but I've never done it.

kimbirdy said...

i keep saying i'm looking for a great summer read, but i haven't really started looking yet. i still need to read the current popular ones - water for elephants and bossypants.

Sarah said...

Right now I'm reading All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. I love it. I've read both Water for Elephants (blech) and Bossypants (awesome). I just can't handle certain types of writing, not sure how to classify it, but Water for Elephants was one of those books for sure. I love the looks of that Hell's Angel's book, too!

drollgirl said...

dude. how do you keep all of the plot lines and characters straight when reading more than one book? ack! it is hard for me to read more than one book at a time. oh well!

i just started reading game of thrones. so far so good, but DAMN his books are long. a series of 4 books, and each is over 800 pages long. GULP! it will take a while for me to plow through this series!

hope you have a fab weekend!

drollgirl said...

p.s. re: sarah's comment, i loved all the pretty horses -- SO MUCH1!!!!! water for elephants was kind of "meh" for me.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Not gonna lie, I want to read the Emily Giffin books!

I am just starting to read again. I never finished a novel until well after college - no lie. I get bored easily lol. Last week I read a chick lit book called "Take a Chance on Me" and this week I am finishing up "The Catcher in the Rye" which I somehow didn't have to read in school. I hate it. It's boring as hell and I'm glad I only have 20 pages left haha!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

P.S. Thanks for visiting my guest Fashion Friday post on Blonde Episodes :)

Megan said...

I just wrote a post about what I should read next.. the biker stuff does have me interested, I've got to say..

Meghan said...

Ok, now I am intrigued about the intense book you received...I just might have to check it out!

Thanks for linking up, lady!

bananas. said...

that's a lot of books to be reading at once. personally i can't jungle reads so i'm impressed by your commitment. go you!

and go friday! enjoy your weekend lady!!!

Faiza said...

I really liked The Namesake too. You might enjoy the movie with Kal Penn. Yur MC obsession is awesome!

I've only recently started reading more than one book at a time now that I have an e-reader and I love it!

Love you!

April said...

I love Jhumpa Lahiri so much!! :)

Gracie said...

Each of those books are so different so I think it would be alright to read that many at once. I can't do that if the books are similar. I want to read Something Borrowed soon. And the first they killed my father looks fascinating. x

Micaela said...

i meant to do this on thursday too and just posted mine! lol i was telling meghan that our book choices tell a lot about us... i can so clearly see your passion bleeding through your book choices and i joked with her that you would never see a book about running in my must-reads. ha :)

one of the first things i noticed about your house (besides how big it was) was your bookshelves... i love them.

speaking of books and what you got in your book swap, what was the name of the other one kristin sent you? i meant to write it down... not "everything is illuminated" but the other one? it sounded so interesting and i wanted to check it out. she really did good on her swap to you. loved that i was there when you got it :) xo

MISS YOU!!!! love you!

H. Gillham said...

The Namesake is a great book.

:)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh I loved Something Blue!! I really am wanting to read that Hells Angel book now! Oh I'm emailing you because I'm going to be in San Fran in about a week and a half!

sheba said...

Namesake is one of my books too! And the movie was pretty good, if I remember correctly!

Going to see if I can get my hands on some Evie...

Tamara Nicole said...

Ooooh I just read Something Blue and Something Borrowed, LOVED them!

Marz said...

I agree with Micaela - one of the things I loved most about your big, cozy apartment was your bookshelves overflowing with all kinds of different types of books. Even this list alone show's the diversity of your taste when it comes to reading. I've never read two books at once until recently. I read "One Day" while finishing up the Hulk Hogan bio (honestly it's really good Claire!!! haha I cracked up at your comment though. The man is handsome girlfriend :) only because I didn't bring the bio with me to your house and Micaela let me borrow One Day to read on the plane home. But I agree, since they were two totally different books I didn't get lost or anything and it was no problem.

And like Micaela said, our passions truly do shine through on our lists. Look at you and your MC culture and me and wrestling lol And you and poetry. I honestly need to start reading more poetry. Any poem you've ever shared on your blog has always been so beautiful and makes me crave more. I should add The New Black to my list.

As I'm writing this I'm eating a Biscoff cookie wishing we were all together sharing them again!! I miss you so much every single day!

Love you!!! xo

Alicia said...

this reminds me that i need to go get some new books...i may have to check one of these out!

molly said...

At least you have a variety to balance it all out. I hope.

I hate when I have so many to read at once..but you put them on hold at the lib..so its best to get them done. I'm reading I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK...which is possibly a new show on MTV.

molly.sal.tess & puck

this free bird said...

I need to jump on the summer reading wagon. Claire this summer is just awesome so far, right??

xo,
C

Steph @ Thoughts From Cali said...

I thought I was the only one who was reading 3 different books at the same time.

meghan said...

I read Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri a while ago and loved it! I'll have to check this one out.

passport in my pocket said...

summer reading is the best! I've never read any of those books you're working on. You'll have to post your full reviews when you're done. Hope you're having a great week, Claire!

undomestic chica said...

I'm impressed you can juggle so many....and it's hilarious how fascinated you are with MC culture.