The Half-Finished Books to Read in 2009

Seeing everyone’s top-ten lists made me want to create my own list.  I thought about my favorite books this past year:

Inkdeath, Dead and the Gone, Papertowns, Home (Marilynne Robinson)…and realized that I lost my list of books I’ve read and I didn’t use GoodReads all year.

I really wanted to make a list and as I was starting to box some of my books to prepare for moving later this year, I saw how many post-its I had in these books.  And most of the post-its were either in the middle or thirty pages in, so I thought I’d make a list of the books I hope to finish in 2009.  I don’t think I’ll have a chance to read much today, so its a safe bet that none of these books will be finished in 2008.

~ On Persephone’s Island by Mary Taylor Simeti

~ One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

~ The Din in the Head by Cynthia Ozick

~ Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

~ Misreadings by Umberto Eco

~ Essays by George Orwell

These are the books I want to finish at some point hopefully in 2009.  The others, well it would be great if I finish them, but they’re not a priority.

Tonight a group of us are going to spend the night on Colorado Blvd in anticipation for the Rose Parade.  Seeing that California has had much warmer weather in the past few days, Brian and I thought that this would be the best and only chance we’d have to try this again.  Last time we tried sleeping on Colorado, we ditched the group we were with, as it had been raining and windy for over four hours.

See you in 2009!

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#5 on NY Times Bestsellers

John Green’s book, Papertowns, is now #5 on the NY Times Bestseller list.  Knowing that it is John Green’s, and any writer for that matter, dream to be on the Bestseller list, a hearty congratulations to him.  Hopefully it will only go up on the list. If anyone hasn’t read the book yet, I do recommend it.  And though it is hardback, it is relatively inexpensive, only $17.99 (not $25 like most hardbacks are when first published). Or, just go to your local library and request a copy to read for free.  And if you can’t remember what on earth this book is about, go read my review at RedFence.

Ramblings concerning Book Sculptures and Papertowns

Cara Barer Being a librarian, some may assume that I care deeply about the well-being of books.  Well, I do, but there are many books that I don’t care about.  Recently I came across this blog on the Art of Cutting Up Books.  It is fantastic.  For, what do you do with a Windows 95 how to guide?  What relevance may it have now?  It may have some for a very small proportion of the world’s population, but not a whole lot.  The images of the books are great.  But please, don’t take our books and make your own art.


Also, John Green put together a playlist for his newest book (still to be released) Papertowns.  It’s great.  Simply stated.  I can’t help but to enjoy the brilliance of Papertowns as I’ve been re-reading it again for a review I’m writing.  It is by far his best book (and only third, so it can only get better right?).


And perhaps because its the first day that feels like Autumn that I’m feeling nostalgic, but I want to re-learn how to draw from Ed Emberley. I remember as a child taking his books and teaching myself how to draw stick figure animals, trucks, trains, and monsters. I still remember how to draw the elephant — first start with a big letter D. Oh the joy of childhood.


photo from Cara Barer Photography (my favorite gallery online).