I am a voracious reader.  I have been since I was a wee lass and my eccentric mother taught me to read at an age when most children are still trying to make sounds that resemble words.  I don't believe for a second my mother taught me to read for my edification but rather as a means to get me to stop harassing her to read the same book over and over again each night (as most parents are challenged to do).  My reading has never been linear, I am of the 'more is more' camp when it comes to reading and often start multiple books at a time.  I haven't met many individuals like myself but when I do, we feel a certain kinship, we are like a secret society of reading rebels. For all the readers and rebels alike I shall let you in on what is currently stacked precariously on my nightstand:
So there you go my fine friends this is my reading list for January 2011, which I am sure will continue to grow as the months progress. What books shall I add?  You know now I have a soft spot for Swedish thrillers as well.

L Melohn (January 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM)  

I read Dry Storeroom No.01, The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum and loved it. I'd also recommend, A Gathering of Wonders: Behind the Scenes at the American Museum of *Natural* History, by Joseph Wallace. I'll be adding a few of your titles to my reading list. Thanks for sharing

Miss B. (January 4, 2011 at 12:54 PM)  

Oh thank you L. Melohn, I will absolutely look into your recommendation it seems completely up my alley:)

krista (January 4, 2011 at 3:02 PM)  

aha. i knew we had something tying us together! i, too, always have multiple books going on at the same time and i fly back and forth between them. however, i tend towards fiction. therein lies our differences, yes? and my "book porn" (you know, the meaningless drivel that you don't even have to pay attention to?) is the murder/mystery mass produced paperback. i admit it. sad, but true.
hey...i did read one non-fiction that stuck with me. have you ever read 'the professor and the madman'
twas a good one.

Miss B. (January 4, 2011 at 4:03 PM)  

Krista, shoot I wish I would have known, I just donated a whole slew of those books to the library. My future MIL has me HOPELESSLY addicted and I find myself staying up way too many late nights trying to get to the end. I had about 50 she gave me (and I read ALL of them) she's been a Mystery Book Club member for ions so I get her cast offs. I think that genre is really smart and I suck at figuring them out. I'll look if I have any left I am going to send your way:) And thank you for the recommendation, English + Madman? Love it already!

Misplaced Country Girl (January 4, 2011 at 4:11 PM)  

I too learned to read at a very early age and it has been one of my true loves ever since. I used to get in trouble when I was little because I would read instead of doing my chores. Now as an adult I can spend an entire weekend nested on the couch reading a book. Before I know it's Monday morning again and I have accomplished nothing.

I have two more books in the Anne of Green Gables series to finish. With the holidays I haven't gotten much reading done so I'm really looking forward to life getting back to normal so I can start up again. Now that I've seen your list I really want to read that book about the elephant. That looks heartbreaking and fascinating. Please give a review after your done. I would love to know if you liked it.

Misplaced Country Girl (January 4, 2011 at 4:29 PM)  

Sigh, I had to break down and buy the elephant book. I read the sample on Amazon and had to have it!

Miss B. (January 4, 2011 at 8:47 PM)  

Oh fun Toi it'll be like we are in a book club together! You see when you FINALLY come to visit we can sit and read and not talk to eachother all day, it will be AWESOME!

Whitney –  (January 5, 2011 at 1:40 PM)  

I adore reading as well, and your list has sparked my interest! One for you to add is "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. It's a nonfiction account of the author's attempt at locavorism. It gave me a new passion for localy grown food & products. (Given your penchant for cute animals, you may want to skip the chapter on turkey harvesting.)

Anonymous –  (January 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM)  

Do love your book list, though I have a tottering pile by my bed and the classics on my Kindle so I should clear my decks first. Have you read Botany of Desire, 1491, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, all those history debunkers? I'm English so finding out about America is fascinating~

Victoria (January 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM)  

I love that photo- It is so inspiring a place, I would love to read there:)

Miss B. (January 11, 2011 at 7:47 PM)  

Oh Tricia Rose, I am interested in indeed! I will see if they have those titles at my library so I can have even more books to read:)

Victoria, thank you on the photo, it's a photo of a Harvard science classroom, sigh...

sherri s. (January 15, 2011 at 11:10 PM)  

Hi, just found your lovely blog via Creature Comforts (which I love). I too am a person with multiple books on my night table (currently: A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel; Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett; Beatrice and Virgil by Jann Martel; and The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. If you like historical fiction--as I clearly do!--I recommend Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (about Thomas Cromwell during the Tudor period in England). Love your list and have requested several of them from the public library. Also: you MUST go to the Museum of Jurassic Technology--it is so fabulous!!!

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