The May book theme is 3-syllable titles, and I’m excited as can be. This one was my brainchild, and when Sheila asked for some examples, I told her I’d send a list. It was so much fun, I went a little nuts. After perusing my shelves for a while, I came up with approximately the following:
Possession Persuasion Becoming Belonging Grocery Company Coventry Continent Innocents Origin Erosion Evicted Perdido Proofiness Happiness Amatka Orlando Nikolski Moby Dick Paris Trout The Hobbit The Astral The Curfew The Weekend The Tempest Red Harvest White Apples Kitchen Yarns Lucid Stars Wonder Boys Endless Things New Mercies Ocean Sea Mauve Desert Little, Big Little Faith Flesh and Blood Now and Then Lost and Found Kick the Can On the Road Lambs of God Lamb in Love The Big Squeeze The Big Sleep The Glass Key The F-Word Not a Sound Best to Laugh Leave No Trace
So many books (and this is only a partial list!) and only 31 days. And not just many books, but many books I’m really excited about. I’m currently about halfway through Kitchen Yarns, by Ann Hood. This is a perfect comfort read for stay-at-home days. A memoir of kitchen memories, loaded with recipes. Right on its heels, another book I’m quite excited about: Grocery, by Michael Ruhlman.
A fun aside: I got both Kitchen Yarns and Grocery last December (different stores, different dates). I was quite excited about both of them, but decided to hold on to them for the 3-syllable theme (I can get a little silly about the theme). As I’m reading Kitchen Yarns, she mentions her husband, an author of many cookbooks, and who should it be but one Michael Ruhlman! I love that I bought their books separately but in the same month, held on to them until the same month, and then end up reading them one after another. It feels romantic. And who wouldn’t love to be married to a chef? Hood’s no slouch in the kitchen either, as you’ll find out if you read Kitchen Yarns. I can’t speak to Grocery yet, except to say it isn’t a cookbook, but rather about groceries, as suggested by the title, and the buying and selling of food in America. It looks to be informative and compelling (if not nearly as comforting as Kitchen Yarns).
In the land of fiction, I’ve finished The Hobbit. This was a reread, and I admit I was surprised at how much I loved it. I’ve read The Lord of the Rings trilogy many times, but I’ve only read The Hobbit once or twice before. I had forgotten a lot, and I laughed and cried and loved it. A fine tale indeed (and also a nice comforting read, if you like dragons with your comfort). I’m now about half through Language Arts, by Stephanie Kallos. I loved her book, Broken for You, and I have high hopes for this one as well.
When I think of reading for the rest of the month, I look into space and smile. After Language Arts in fiction, I’m torn in several directions. The current top contenders are Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor; Sister Mine, by Nalo Hopkinson; Leave No Trace, by Mindy Mejia (local author, with a northern Minnesota setting); and Best to Laugh, by Lorna Landvik (another local author). It’s a good mix of books, and I’m staying at home, so maybe I’ll even get them all done. The thing is, by the time I finish my current fiction book, the top four contenders will be different. Not completely different, but almost certainly not the same. There are too many exciting possibilities.
And that is a very nice reading catbird seat to be in.