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On My Bookshelf. | Bethany Suckrow

On My Bookshelf.

My library is bursting at the seams with new reads. It started with Story Conference. They gave us one free book after another from all the presenters who have been published recently – Makoto Fujimura’s refractions, Rachel Held Evans’ A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Inciting Incidents, curated by Sarah Cunningham. I’ve been reading chapters of each of those here and there. Then Lore decided to send me two of her favorites – Lauren Winner’s Mudhouse Sabbath and Tony Woodlief’s Somewhere More Holy. And then, when I was supposed to be picking up mushrooms and wine for risotto the other night and I wandered into another part of the store, thinking about how to spend my birthday money, J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, leapt out at me, and I knew I had to take it home. So now I have nearly a dozen new books to read. My only problem is that I want to read them all at once, and don’t know where to start. It’s a good problem to have, I think.

What’s on your shelf right now? Have you read any of these yet?


  • http://www.stuffaudreysays.com/ Audrey the Turtle

    The Casual Vacancy is on my Christmas list! We have a no-purchasing-for-yourself rule after October 1st in my family, because then Christmas lists get confusing. Is that weird? I think it’s rad, though, because it gives me a chance to get caught up on all the things I need to finish before year-end, like half-read books. Can’t wait to see what you think of The Casual Vacancy, and who knows… maybe I’ll meet you at STORY next year?

    • http://KatieAxelson.com/ Katie Axelson

      That is a great rule!

  • http://KatieAxelson.com/ Katie Axelson

    Your bookshelf looks like mine: full. I want to read all the time! I did move Inciting Incidents to the “read” pile though but Biblical Womanhood is still on the “to read.” It’s accompanied by She’s Got Issues (Nicole Unice), Searching for God Knows What (Donald Miller), Fully Alive (Ken Davis), Kingdom Journeys (Seth Barnes), and a few others that aren’t coming to mind at the moment.

  • Alyse

    I have so many books on my “To Read” list, I am thinking of taking a speed reading course! Sheesh!! I really want to read J.K’s new book to see how she writes outside of HP-world. Have you read it?! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it when you’re finished, so naturally I’d love it if you started with that one! :)

    • Alyse

      Obviously you haven’t read it. Sorry, brain overload, but I had to comment when I saw that title!! :)

  • val dering rojas

    Wow, your selections sound awesome. I’m really intrigued by some of those you have, Bethany. I should do more reading that is “good for me”. :-)

    Oh, so much on my bookshelf right now. Most of it poetry. Just finished Tracy K Smith’s Life on Mars, now reading Sandra Beasley’s I Am the Jukebox and have a couple on order. As far as fiction, I have Freight by Mel Bosworth, which supposedly the story can have different versions depending on how you read it, but I’m finding that confusing so far. In non-fiction, I have Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (crazy, foul-mouthed, but honesty and insight like you’ve never seen), Stiff by Mary Roach (I’m curious), and Spook, (even more curious) also by Mary Roach. Also, have the memoir, What Remains by Carole Radziwill…I’m about four chapters in to each one of these. I think I need to just pick one and go with it!!

    I wish it would just hurry up and get cold here so I could curl up with my books and read them. I’m so sick of the heat, and sitting by the pool to read has become sooooo old. It’s also not that easy when you’ve got two girls splashing around and fighting. Erm, did I say fighting? I meant playng. Ditto having them around the house, and after they go to bed I’m usually writing/revising poetry. Hmmm….anyone have any suggestions as to how I’ll EVER get to read my books?? Seems there is always something more important to be doing. *sigh*


  • http://www.gabbingwithgrace.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

    drool. those all sound good.

  • http://twitter.com/Drebelle Andrea Beltran

    Happy reading, friend. I hope you write a little about these books!

    I have too many things on my reading list. I’ve got Naomi Shihab Nye, D.A. Powell, and The Southwest Review on my kitchen table right now.

  • http://anokinashahbaz.com/ Anokina Shahbaz

    I recently decided to tackle the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Always wondered what they were about, especially with the movies out. I read one of the chapters in Inciting Incidents by Blaine Hogan that was made available online – absolutely incredible story. I also love reading Shel Silverstein whenever I can. He’s a genius in his craft.

  • http://thisblankpage.com/ Timothy Snyder

    Is the Casual Vacancy good? I’m very interested in reading a non-Potter book by Rowling, but would like to know if its worth the time.