Thursday, August 17, 2006

Thursday 13, Books I Want to Read Edition

I've skipped the Thursday 13s for a while because I've been too busy to do these. In planning today's, I thought I'd go through my Amazon wish list and give 13 books I'd like to read. The results were surprising. My wish list has been growing for a long time. I didn't remember some of the things on it until I saw them.

1. The Great War and Modern Memory. I've always been fascinated by the cultural changes in Europe that occured after World War I. It was so horrific and so devastating that it altered the way they saw life. In bookstores, the old books prior to 1914 are full of hope and adventure. After 1918, not so much.

2. Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A FAQ for Catholics.

3. Richest Man in Babylon. Short and to the point, or so I hear. Save and invest.

4. Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses. Every so often I like to read a good "we're all going down the tubes" book.

5. Life with Jeeves. To lighten things up, how about some P. G. Wodehouse?

6. Fresh Lies. I love James Lileks' writing style. I'm so grateful he shares it with us on his blog.

7. Falling up the Stairs. More Lileks.

8. Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography. The title refers to Robert Graves' saying a bitter farewell to all of the institutions that led to World War I, in which he fought. That includes just about everything in his life. It would be the perfect companion piece to selection #1.

9. An Army of Davids. I'm a blogger. This Glenn Reynolds guy knows some stuff about blogging, right? This might be a good book to read. :-)

10. Hiss and Tell: True Stories from the Files of a Cat Shrink. As a catblogger, this one is a gimme.

11. Your Cat's Just Not That Into You: "What Part of Meow Don't You Understand?" More grist for the catblogger mill.

12. Taste Of The South. Terry Thompson is a culinary genius. Everything I have made out of her Cajun cookbook has been a smash hit. This one has to be outstanding.

13. Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in BabylonThe Case Against Celebrity. Is there anything more fun (or catty) than trashing arrogant Hollywood celebrities?

There, that's the list. Hopefully I will join the TT gang next week, too. Thanks for visiting!

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Trish said...

Ok first I cant even spell my name right...LOL! Second some of those books have peeked my interest.

Great TT!!!

Lori said...

Great TT. Love your list. I am an avid reader!!

Kukka-Maria said...

I love, love, LOVE the idea of "Your Cat's Just Not That Into You: "What Part of Meow Don't You Understand?"

Where is the long-awaited book on the Feline Theocracy? I pre-ordered it months ago. What gives, KT? ;)

Tink said...

I love books and my to-read-list is loooong, but i added some of yours!
My TT is about things that make me happy.

Anonymous said...

I used to read constantly. One of these days I'm going to get back into making time to read.

Great list!

-tnchick- said...

If I were w book lover I'd likely have much to say - but I don't do books. So... I have no idea about any of those. I hope you get to read 'em all and enjoy them =)

Leanne said...

I'm still hoping to finish Wuthering Heights. I've had page 3 read for over a year!

Happy Thursday to you, thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Like tbirdonawire, I wish I had the time to read like I used to--at least I'm reading blogs :-)

Thanks for visiting me earlier!

K T Cat said...

Dear Feline Empress and Mother Superior of the Holy Order Of Ocean Whitefish Kukka-Maria,

We regret to inform you that your copy of The Complete CATechism of the Feline Theocracy: A Guide to Life, Sunbeams and Tuna, Vol. 1 of 53 was washed overboard on it's way from China. Due to difficulties in printing and the need for the staff to get 18 hours of sleep a day, there is no date set for a re-shipping of your order. Your purchase price will be cheerfully refunded.

Unknown said...

#11 had me laughing!
Love your list. I'll have to check them out!
Happy Thursday!

MaR said...

A book list always catches my attention, since I love hearing about new ones! I will check yours out. Still working on the Chronicles of Narnia myself...happy TT and happy reading!

Heather Smith said...

I just listened to Life With Jeeves on XM Radio. Pretty good! Funny!

Southern Girl said...

Oh, I think I'm going to have to pick up #10 and 11! I need to find out why Pumpkin is sometimes just not that into me. *g*

Great list! My TT is up, too:

Norma said...

The richest man in Babylon--there were many copies of this in my grandmother's home. I think she was trying to sell newspaper subscriptions and it was a premium. This was to keep the farms from being foreclosed.

Thanks for visiting.

Barb said...

I am so completely embarrassed I'm tempted to just tell a big fib here. Oh what the heck. I have not heard of a single one of these books. And I'm an AVID reader. And really, I do read past a fourth-grade level. Oh my. If all these other people are as literary as you I'm going to be even more embarrassed when they see this comment and even more embarrassed if they link to my TT.

However....what a cute name for a blog! :-)

Courtney said...

I haven't read any of these. I don't have much time for reading these days.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

sounds interesting. i haven't read any of those.

Geekwif said...

I don't think I've ever heard of any of these, but some of them sound quite interesting. You'll have to let us know if you get around to reading them and if they're worth the read!

Fingers To Toes Photography said...

OHH neat list, I am going to have to get back into reading alot, some of those sound wonderful!

Zeus said...

Every so often I like to read a good "we're all going down the tubes" book.

Oh my God?! Who doesn't? Sometimes, it's great to just be reminded that, in the end, it doesn't really matter that much at all!

I liked this list a lot! Happy Thursday to you!

Pixie said...

Sounds like a good list of reads! Question is; will you be able to get your list accomplished?

Thanks for visiting my TT. Have a fab Friday! :-)

Nathalie said...

Thank you for visiting my blog /tt!
You're list is very nice! Books are a big love of mine, I love the smell, the view and the feel of books. There are still so many to read...I think you could spend a lifetime doing it. :)

Have a great week!