Books Book Books

So many great book-finds lately...I've been feeling so blessed to run across these gems.

My friend Sabrina turned me on to The Encyclopedia of Ordinary Life last night. I remembered reading something about it on Cathy Z's blog but it didn't stand out to me as something I needed to read until Sabrina explained it last night. I bought it today...and yes, it's very definately an excellent scrap-related book. I am taken with the concept. As I understand it, CZ is using it as the basis for a track at Creating Keepsake University as explained here. The book is one of those that at first glance you think will be a fun, easy read. You think you'll be pleasantly amused and then wham! It gets really deep and surprisingly honest and bare.

I have begun a list of possible entries for encyclopedically defining my life and I can't wait to see the results of some of the CKU's.

The other book I am currently reading for fun is "Circle of Grace" by Penelope J. Stokes. It's fiction and I am not very deep in but I was surprised to find it is the story of a circle journal. Four friends spend their four college years together and upon graduation declare that they will always be friends and always be honest with each other, keeping up via this circle journal. It's very rich and speaks to the rotations of life. I can't wait to read more.

In other news, a new McAlister's Deli has opened in Brentwood and we decided to go try it out today. McAlisters is a chain that was started in Mississippi and it's one of my favorite casual dining places. Their big ol' cups of iced tea are positively life-giving. Guess what? It was our lucky day. Turns out the official opening of this new location doesn't happen until Monday...but today was "Friends and Family Day"...meaning they were triaining all their new staff and everyone who stopped by today ate FREE! We ate lunch and did some shopping in Cool Springs. I tried to talk Joal into going back for dinner! Or at least another glass of! Seriously, my love for this state was already it's even more complete. McAlister's is grand!!

So, tell me what you are reading??


Debby said...

Well, let's see...
I'm currently reading:
1. (via tape in the car) The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
2. (via CD in the house) Hornet Flight by Ken Follett.
3. (book I keep in the car for unexpected waiting times) S is for Silence
4. (fun book in the house) A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters. This is one of two new authors my parents turned me on to recently for mysteries.
5. (Classic book in the house) Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
6. (another book at home that I work on occasionally) Sarum: the Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd. It's a huge book and I'm about 3/4 done, I need to just get on the ball and finish.

Yes, this is typical of me to be reading 5 or 6 books at once. Some of them I finish quickly, some I've been working on for quite some time. No, I don't have trouble remember which one is which and I very rarely forget what's been happening in one, even if it's been several months since I've picked it up. I'm addicted to reading, and I always have been. I just can't get enough of it!

Bonzairn said...

This sounds like a great book - I'll have to check it out. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary life is AWESOME!