Books I Want to Read
For the first twenty or so years of my life, I read almost no nonfiction I wasn't forced to read, but now I can't get enough of it. Just yesterday, I finished a great book about books for children and teens called A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature by Roger Sutton and Martha A. Parravano, and earlier today I was shelving books in the new nonfiction section and wound up adding a few more books to my To Read list.
One is How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can't or Shouldn't Try to Win At by Daniel Kibblesmith and Sam Weiner. I have a thing for advice books designed to make me laugh, and it seems like there are more and more of them. I'm a terrible shopper (because reading and cooking and basically everything ALWAYS sounds like a better idea to me than going to the mall), so I immediately flipped to the chapter on shopping in this book, which offers this advice: "Make a shopping list then throw it away. You shouldn't be bound by anyone's constraints--even your own."
It's like these guys live in my head.
Another book I picked up that made me laugh so hard I caused a disturbance in the library is Reasons My Kid is Crying by Greg Pembroke, which is based on this web site, which has even more things that make me laugh. People tend to think of the nonfiction section as all history and how-to books, but there is a ton of humor in there, including picture-heavy books like this that you can read in an easy half-hour.
A brand-new book I could have used on my recent trips to the Grand Canyon and Death Valley is Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West. I'm loving National Parks over the last couple years, and this one has info on a bunch of the ones I haven't yet seen that I'm dying to visit: Arches National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite National Park, Crater Lake National Park. When I take a break from wanting to read all the books, I like to dream about all the places I could go. Reading is what gave me the idea to travel in the first place.
What I should probably be doing is reading time management books to help me find more time to read and travel. Maybe money management, too. So many things to read and learn and do, so little time.