So many books, so little time.

My lovely sis over at FourGirlsandOneBoy tagged me for a meme a few weeks ago, and well I am just now getting around to it.

You know the one – pick up the book you are reading and turn to page 123 and post the fifth sentence.

So this is my current reading stack –

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I’m in reality only working on, or finishing up, the first five on the stack.

I just started Eat, Love, Pray, so I don’t have much to comment on yet. But the assignment for that book is:

“Our whole business therefore in this life,” wrote Saint Augustine, rather Yogically, “is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.” Like all great philosophical ideas, this one is simple to understand but virtually impossible to imbibe.

Sounds good, eh? I think I’m going to like it.

I just finished Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama’s first book. It was very good, even if you are not an Obama fan. It is a very well-written, thoughtful and interesting book about his search for his identity, and the struggle to figure out what community he really belongs to. I really did enjoy it. He is as eloquent a writer as he is a speaker. The meme assignment for this book is:

“When the two of them withdrew to the kitchen, I would overhear Maya complaining to my mother. “Barry’s okay, isn’t he? I mean, I hope he doesn’t lose his cool and become one of those freaks you see on the streets around here.”

And I’ve been working on Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and your Children since our visit to Hawaii. It is um…interesting. I guess all of the ideas put forth in it are good in theory like, “Remember anger is just a passing state, so don’t empower it.” or “Remember angry thoughts and words are bad for your karma.” and even, “Look inward for the cause of anger so you can eliminate it.” But in practice…well, it has been nearly impossible for me to institute around here. I’ll have to write more on that another time. The meme assignment for that book:

“Even those mothers who seem to live with their soul mates concede there are phases when they “can’t get enough” of their partners followed by phases when they could “take them or leave them.” All relationships go through seasons.”

Well, duh. Right? See I don’t disagree, but I haven’t found the practical help in the book yet…but there is still plenty of book left. I’ll update on that one, I’m sure.

And then, the two triathlon books sitting there. These I did read, but I’ve kind of read them on an “as needed” basis. I did really enjoy the Slow, Fat Triathlete. Her book is very funny and pretty informative for a first-timer. The assignment for that one reads:

“Going from zero hours a week to ten or fifteen can do more harm than good, especially for the previously inactive or currently tubby among us.”

Hee. Tubby. Anyone who uses “tubby” in her book has a great sense of humor, right?

So that is what I’m reading right now. Doesn’t count my leaning tower of magazines on the other side of the table, though.

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I’m not tagging anyone, since I think most have done this – but leave a comment if you would like to share what reading goodies you are currently enjoying.

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3 Responses to “So many books, so little time.”


  1. 1 Christina March 15, 2008 at 5:25 am

    You get extra credit, sharing that many books! your stack is even bigger than mine. The Buddhism for Mothers sounds interesting…but like you said, I often find books like that long of theory and short on practice.

  2. 2 Maggie March 15, 2008 at 6:52 am

    I have a HUGE stack of books to read. I like to call it the bookshelf – because I have so many books on there that I still need to read that I couldn’t stack them up or they would probably reach the ceiling! Which is equally true of the magazines. I love to read, but for some reason I have totally gotten out of the habit of doing so lately. So all the things that I have just have been adding up…I had better get reading or pretty soon I’m going to end up buried under books!

    Do you buy most of your books at a bookstore? Or have you been getting more from the library (since now you can walk there!)?

  3. 3 MommyBrain March 17, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    wow, that was a lot of books and whatever I was going to write went out of my head when I saw the title “slow, fat triathlete.” I agree that use of the word “tubby” automatically makes a good read.

    BTW, I love your girls names and really enjoyed reading their naming history. I especially liked the whole boy/he names, girl/you name concept. Originally, I didn’t want to use my girls’ names at all because I was trying to stay anonymous and figured that if a friend/aquaintance stumbled upon my blog then it would be easy to figure out it’s me since both names aren’t exactly on the top ten list. But then in real life people found me anyway so now I’ve decided there’s no point. I never even thought about how people who read would be curious. 🙂


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