With the onslaught of an early winter last month, I found myself caught up in my box of unfinished knitting projects after having neglected it for many moons. Reading was limited to knitting patterns and how-to’s while watching black and white films on TCM. This month though for the sake of my hands I’m going to try and put the knitting needles down for a bit and catch up on some reading again.
I’ve also recently discovered Good Reads which is delighting my inner book nerd. Come and find me on Good Reads if you’re on there too!
So, this month I’ve paired my reading list down to 3 books to balance with all the holiday knitting I’m trying to fly through. This December I’ll be reading:
My Booky Wook by Russell Brand – It’s funny the small details we sometimes remember so clearly. I couldn’t tell you what I had for breakfast on Saturday last week but I know exactly where and when I purchased this book.
My friend Diana and I were coming back from a blissful two weeks vacation in Hawaii. We were parting ways to catch different connections home in Chicago O’Hare after a long flight back to the mainland.
My flight was delayed by several hours and I had time to kill with nothing to read as I’d blown through my holiday books on the trip. Ambling through the airport bookstore I lighted upon My Booky Wook. It was too perfect, as we’d been staying at the resort where Forgetting Sarah Marshall was filmed.
I started the book and was really enjoying it, but in typical fashion got distracted and never finished it, until now.
Russell Brand learned early on to make a joke of fear and failure. From a troubled childhood in industrial Essex, England, to his descent into addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex in the seamy underbelly of London, Brand has seen his share of both and miraculously lived to tell the tale. In My Booky Wook he leads readers on a rollicking journey through his disastrous school career, his infamous antics on MTV, and his multifarious sexual adventures. But this irreverent memoir is a story not simply of struggle but also of redemption, a testament to the difficulty of discovering what you want from life and the remarkable power of a bloody-minded determination to get it. My Booky Wook is a giddy trip through the brilliant mind of one of Britain’s most valuable exports.
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald– I’ve regrettably ignored this classic on my shelf for far too long, and it sounds fantastic – “Anthony and Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth. But as money becomes tight, their marriage becomes impossible. And with their inheritance still distant, Anthony and Gloria must grow up and face reality; they may be beautiful but they are also damned.”
The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers – I’ve actually read the Drawing of the Dark, and though I’m trying to make my way through all the unread books in my library I’m really in the moood to re-read this excellent Tim Powers novel.
“What does the famous Herzwesten beer have to do with saving the entire western world from the invading Turkish armies? The year is 1529 and Brian Duffy, aging soldier of fortune, is the only man who can rescue the world from evil—if only he can figure out why the beer was so important to a mysterious old man called the Fisher King, and why his dreams are plagued with images of a sword and an arm rising from a lake…”
So that’s my December reading list. Are there any specific books on your holiday wishlist this year?