My bookshelves are bursting. I feel bad—I don’t want my dear books to be squished, especially when I pack them in so tightly I can hardly tug them back out. Shouldn’t books have room to breathe? But I digress.
Coming up, there’s a two-week gap between my current class projects and final papers—a delicious space of time to read all those patient library books that have towered precariously on my bookshelves for the past several weeks.
Here are the top five on the stack:
1—Si-Cology 101: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle by Si Robertson. I love Duck Dynasty, and I love Uncle Si. I quote him frequently, though I don’t know what that says about my intellect. Regardless, I know I’ll laugh, chuckle, and guffaw my way through this book.
2—Return to Me by Lynn Austin. A perfect birthday gift from my wonderful friend Hannah, the newest Lynn Austin novel chronicles the return of the exiled Israelites to Jerusalem. Have I mentioned that Lynn is my favorite author in the whole entire world? That’s right, the world.
3—Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley. Another dear Hannah in my life recommended this book, and since I’m a sucker for fairy tales (especially Sleeping Beauty retellings), I know I’ll enjoy this novel. (The first few pages are quite promising—like me, McKinley is a fan of parenthetical phrases.)
4—An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and quite frankly, the same is true of me. Food is a pleasure, eating is an experience. So a book of essays all about the elegance of food? Why yes, I will have a large helping of that.
5—The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter. Some of my earliest memories involve books, especially my mom reading to us, and returning to these classic books as an adult is a treat. Beatrix Potter has popped up in my Modernism class a handful of times, so I want to look back at these lovely little books and see how they reflect the time period.
Postscript: What books are toppling off your shelves, begging to be read?