Thursday Thirteen, Page Turner Edition

Greetings all! Did you miss me last week? Wait, are those crickets chirping in the background? No, matter. This week’s Thursday Thirteen is a list of books I’d like to read this year. Not that these are the only books I’ll read this year (in fact,my club selections for the rest of the year aren’t even on it), but these are ones that I’m going to go out of my way to get. And, ahem, if someone who knows me (cough *spouse*) happens to read this list, they might have a line on a bday present. I’m just sayin….

These are in no particular order, except as to how they came to mind. If you have any suggestions to add to this list, please feel free to add them in the comments section. Yes, another blatant attempt at comments, but not as blatant as here.

1. Atlantis, Harry Turtledove

I love alternative history, and the plot synopsis looks fabulous.

2. Christ the Lord: Road to Cana, Anne Rice

This doesn’t come out for a few more weeks, but I’m looking forward to it. The book club that I lead at my church just read the first in the series, Out of Egypt. Just because she isn’t writing about sexually ambiguous vampires anymore doesn’t mean she’s lost her edge. This series has the potential to be as great as her others.

3. World Without End, Ken Follett

They are calling this a sequel to Pillars of the Earth, but I’m not sure I would exactly call it that. But Follett is a great story teller and I enjoy all of his stuff.

4. God is Not Great, Christopher Hitchens

His columns in Slate always get me to think. And I’m always fascinated by what people will do in the name of religion. So this should be interesting. Besides, minds are like parachutes, right?

5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznik

Yep, kid lit. But I have a special interest in that genre. Ya wanna make something of it?

6. Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Issacson

Aside from the fact he is arguably one of the greatest minds ever, Einstein seems like a fascinating individual. And Issacson is a gifted biographer.

7. The Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perrotta

This comes as a suggestion from Julie at Using My Words. It looks like a lot of fun, so I’ll give it a shot.

8. and 9. Bel Canto and Run, Ann Patchett

A little bit of joining the bandwagon here. I keep hearing great things about her, so I think it’s time to check her out.

10. Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bells’ Secret, Seth Shulman

I saw a review for this in the Wall Street Journal yesterday and it looked very interesting.

11. Motorworld, Jeremy Clarkson

I’ve already read The World According to Clarkson, and that was a fun read. He’s a great humorist and just plain fun.

12. The Post Birthday World, Lionel Shriver

Ummm, honestly, not sure where this idea came from. I have a list of books in my Treo that I keep and this was on it. Still looks good though.

13. Boomsday, Christopher Buckley

He’s a recent discovery for me. I loved Thank you For Smoking and Florence of Arabia. I can’t imagine this one being any less than that.

So there ya go. What I would like to read this year. Do you have a reading wish list? What’s your TT? Play along here!


12 responses to “Thursday Thirteen, Page Turner Edition

  1. suchsimplepleasures

    my goal is to actually read a book…and not consider reading blogs to count towards that!!
    happy tt!

  2. MondaythroughSunday

    What a list! Hope you get to enjoy and read them all. I have a few that I want to read..mostly some of the old classics.

  3. #4 is on my bedside table…

  4. fullbodytransplant

    I love anything by Tom Robbins, for a suggestion. Gotta check out a few of these…

  5. I enjoyed God is Not Great, and Boomsday is on my list too.

    Are you on Goodreads? If so I’m Journeywoman, so you can see a list of stuff I’ve read.

  6. I am just hoping to find some time to read anything that is not work related or kid related. Because the Junior Girl Scout Handbook and Little Quack’s Hide and Seek just aren’t cutting it anymore…

    My 13 is up! Good luck on getting through all those books…

  7. I see my list is already up there. 🙂

    For the some part anyway LOL.

    How about I break mainstream and suggest:

    Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman. I learned about him through some of the physics students at MIT and they suggested his book, which I loved so well I got his other one, too.

    My all-time favorite book: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

    My all-time favorite author: Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman

    Book to avoid: Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  8. And if you like philosophy?

    Sophie’s World.

    SciFi Dad and I are two of like 10 people in the whole world I’ve ever met who read that. I think it’s brilliant. So come join the club. 🙂

  9. I’m not much of a reader these days 😦 but glad to see that someone is keeping up for me ;). BTW, I did read Alan Lightman’s Einsteins Dreams that Julie suggested, and found it interesting, but not fulfilling. It seemed to get really close to science fiction but not really blow the doors open.

    Also, I noticed that you spilled the blog to your hubby, good job!

    OK, and one eensy little favor to ask.. could you fix my link to add a www. in front of I’ve tried forever to get the main domain to forward, but apparently I am not geeky enough to solve it.

  10. I just love Christopher Buckley, however I’ve never read Boomsday. How did that work out for you?

  11. Hey Melissa, good news, I just fixed my domain to redirect correctly (I knew I was going to try again tonight with my geek friend). But… one last request. You got one extra w in there so the link doesn’t quite work.. Feel free to delete this comment afterwards! Thanks.

  12. I always get a little frisson of pleasure when I recognise a name on someone’s booklist. Yes, I am very easily pleased! I have read a couple of Turtledove’s alternative histories, and I enjoyed them. I have a couple more sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Pillars Of The Earth was an amazing book, and I have World Without End on my TBR shelf too. It is set a couple of centuries later than Pillars, so in that sense it is a sequel I suppose. I enjoyed God Is Not Great very much. I am in broad agreement with Hitchens though. I don’t see that book actually converting anyone to his way of thinking who isn’t already at least part way there. I have several books by Christopher Buckley, including Thank You (read) and Florence (not yet read). One that I don’t have is Boomsday, so after I have posted this comment I’ll be scooting over to Amazon and placing an order. I hope you’ll do a TT in the coming weeks or months telling us how much you enjoyed, or didn’t, the books in your list.

    My TT is a book list too.

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