Inspired by organizational books, including Read, Remember, Recommend, I’ve finally gotten serious about keeping track of intriguing books I discover while online*. Instead of just dashing down titles on random scraps of paper, I now stay logged onto my library’s homepage while perusing book blogs. When something catches my eye, I request it immediately. Farewell to forgetting titles of books that received rave reviews from fellow bloggers.
I know this isn’t an earth-shattering concept that I’ve hit upon, but it has improved my overall quality of life by 2%. It doesn’t take much to make me happy!
Here’s what I have on hold at my local library right now:
In November 2005, Bonnie Blodgett was whacked with a nasty cold. After a quick shot of a popular nasal spray up each nostril, the back of her nose was on fire. With that, Blodgett–a professional garden writer devoted to the sensual pleasures of garden and kitchen–was launched on a journey through the senses, the psyche, and the sciences. Her olfactory nerve was destroyed, perhaps forever. She had lost her sense of smell. –Amazon Product Review
Bender’s second novel careens splendidly through an obstacle course of pathological, fantastical neuroses. Bender’s narrator is young, needy Rose Edelstein, who can literally taste the emotions of whoever prepares her food, giving her unwanted insight into other people’s secret emotional lives—including her mother’s, whose lemon cake betrays a deep dissatisfaction. Though Rose’s gift can seem superfluous at times, and Bender’s gustative insights don’t have the sensual potency readers might crave, this coming-of-age story makes a bittersweet dish, brimming with a zesty, beguiling talent. — synopsis excerpted from Publishers Weekly
If You Could See Me Now: Ahern employs an imaginary best friend to breathe distinctiveness into an otherwise stereotypical Irish tale. Living in her own house in a small, posh Irish town, 35-year-old Elizabeth Egan is an uptight interior designer and adoptive mother to her six-year-old nephew, Luke, whose mother, Elizabeth’s 23-year-old sister, Saoirse, prefers boozing to parenting. Ahern tempers heartbreak with hope and playfulness in this uplifting, sentimental tale. –excerpted from Publishers Weekly
There’s No Place Like Here: Ahern tells the fantastical story of Sandy Shortt, a smalltown Irish girl who, at 10 years old, becomes obsessed with finding lost things after a neighborhood girl disappears. Sandy’s parents fret for years about her fixation, eventually finding her help in the form of hunky high school psychologist Gregory Burton. He’s not much older than Sandy, and soon enough they’re both smitten, though neither moves to pursue a romantic relationship until later, after Sandy graduates and moves to Dublin, where she tracks missing persons for a living. Ahern jumps around in time and space, which adds as much confusion as suspense, but the underlying message about cherishing what you have comes through loudly by the end. –excerpted from Publishers Weekly
Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
Waldman delivers a dense story of irreparable loss that tracks two families across four summers. After John Tetherly and Becca Copaken die in a freak car accident an hour after their wedding, their families are left to bridge stark class and cultural divides, and eventually forge deep-rooted bonds thanks to the twin deities of love and music. –excerpted from Publishers Weekly
The Wrecker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Audio book–I enjoyed the first book immensely!)
Set in 1907, the rousing second thriller to feature detective Isaac Bell (after The Chase) from bestseller Cussler and Scott pits Bell against the Wrecker, who’s been destroying trains and railroad facilities around the country for no apparent reason. While the Wrecker’s identity is revealed early on and there’s never any doubt that Isaac will get his man, readers will find many thrills and much diabolical cleverness along the way.
Do you keep a running list at your local library? What titles are on it?
*I still keep a small notebook in my bag to jot down titles when I’m out and about!