One of the perks of my new job (other than the fact that it’s fulfilling, it allows me to really use my education knowledge and it’s chock-full of incredibly brilliant coworkers) is that I get there by taking long, winding farm roads. My commute is approximately an hour a day, which might sound awful, but it’s actually peaceful, AND it gives me time to catch up on my books on CD!
This winter, I’m definitely going to tackle a bunch of books that I wanted to read (listen to) in 2014/5. Here are the 10 that I’m most excited to start:
1. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Oh Doogie. Oh Barney. Oh NPH, you are a genius! First of all, if you grew up in the 80’s (or you were a customer at the bookstore where I worked and therefore had the series of books pushed upon you), then you knew and loved the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Imaging that NPH alludes to this and tells the story of his life and success at the same time just further proves why he’s so beloved.
2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I’m so excited that I just put this book on reserve at my local library! After reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants
(which BTW is incredibly excellent and should be read RIGHT NOW), I looked to the geniuses at Amazon
to find out what I should read next. Apparently, if I liked Bossypants
, then I would like Yes Please
. Um, a book written by the incredible woman who introduced me to Leslie Knope and Caitlin with the supportive stepfather among many, many other characters?! There’s nothing else to say but “YES PLEASE!”
3. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies. As a little girl (and teenager…and adult), I was totally infatuated with Cary Elwes, otherwise known as the gorgeous Westley. Now, the man behind the “Man in Black” has written a book about the making of the film. I’m hoping it’s just all about how he wished that he could have met his real life Buttercup named Lauren.
4. Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film by Glenn Kurtz
When listening to NPR the other day (yes I am the type of person who occasionally turns on NPR), I heard the author of this book discussing how it came to be. Apparently, he found an old family film and when it was colorized and brought into focus, it appeared to be 3 minutes of footage from a town in Poland right before World War II started. The author was able to meet up with some of the people in the film, and the stories that came from these folks sound like they will be quite fascinating.
5. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt
Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m curious about Google. It really just seems like an office Wonderland, and even though I have zero interest in becoming a corporate stooge, I wouldn’t mind finding out how to have a Mario-themed office.
6. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Strangely enough, I just called myself a “2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder” the other day, as I spend the majority of my evenings quilting, reading or knitting (although I know that LIW didn’t have episodes of Parenthood to watch while doing these things). Because of this and my love of the Little House on the Prairie books and tv series, I am very excited to read this book.
7. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
When I worked at a bookshop several years ago, one of my coworkers told me that Dick Francis books were his guilty pleasure. He added, “Dick Francis is my Jodi Picoult,” which was in reference to JP being my guilty pleasure. The plotlines of her books are often similar (the characters always end up in a courtroom), but I still enjoy the stories and find that few people do as much research into works of fiction as Jodi Picoult.
8. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Besides William Shakespeare, Nick Hornby is my favorite author of all time. I absolutely adore High Fidelity, Slam and all of his other works (except Juliet Naked, which wasn’t one of my faves). Anyway, when I saw that he came out with a new book, I was extremely excited and am having a hard time waiting to read it!
9. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I was blown away by John Green’s A Fault in Our Stars. I was also fortunate enough to be introduced to this author in graduate school when I was assigned to read Looking For Alaska. If the characters in An Abundance of Katherines are even remotely as compelling as those in the other two novels, then I will surely be hooked!
10. Heroes for My Daughter by Brad Meltzer
When this book first came out a few years ago, I was so touched by the concept of it. Brad Meltzer, who typically writes political suspense novels, was writing a book for his daughter, describing women who SHOULD be heroes (like Amelia Earhart) to dissuade her from idolizing those who SHOULD NOT be heroes (like Kim Kardashian). I have been meaning to read this book, but this winter, I will finally accomplish the task.
What are you looking forward to reading? Do you have more suggestions for me?