It’s been quite the weekend here at the So Many Books household. Had a nice lunch on Saturday with a couple of good friends. Crammed all my homework into Saturday morning and afternoon so I could have time to do other things like, I don’t know, read. I also waited for the end of the world but we all know that didn’t happen. What a disappointment. And I sat glued to the radio for about an hour this afternoon because there was a tornado in Minneapolis and I had to make sure it wasn’t heading my way. It wasn’t, it stayed north of downtown and I am south of downtown, but I have several friends, one of whom I had lunch with on Saturday, who live north. All my friends have not yet managed to check in so I am mildly worried while at the same time feeling sure that they must all be fine.

I did get to read this weekend. I have two books that I am supposed to be finished with by the end of next weekend but did I spend much time with either of those? Of course not! What I read instead, blew through really, was Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby. It is his last collection of Believer “What I’ve Been Reading” columns. I love his first two and requested this one from the library on a whim. I picked it up Thursday night and tried to parcel it out, but darn it, I just couldn’t.

I love Hornby’s essays, not because he talks about such good books, he does, but his reading taste tends to be a little different than mine and I’d say about half the books he writes about I have no interest in reading. But I like the way he writes about them. He loves books and reading and he has a marvelous sense of humor. I think it must be his sense of humor that I find so appealing.

That is not to say there aren’t a few books I have added to my TBR list after reading Hornby’s book. Here are the ones I thought sounded like I might like them:

  • Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert. The book is about global warming and none too cheery.
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. This is a graphic novel memoir and Hornby raved about it so enthusiastically I have to give it a go.
  • 1599 by James Shapiro. The book is nonfiction about the year 1599 not just in Shakespeare’s life but, by the sound of it, the social and political happenings of the time too.
  • The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac. It’s a book about the things adults do that discourage children from reading.

Has anyone read any of those books?

From Hornby I also learned about the Alex Award. These are ten books written for adults that might also appeal to young adults 12-18. The award is given every year and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before. The 2011 winners are up.

There is a little bit of weekend still left so I am off to enjoy it. Hope all of you had a good weekend!