I’m sitting in my freezing house trying to figure out how The Boy and The Hub could hit a theme park today. It’s about to rain and it’s cold (by California standards) and for whatever reason I cannot get warm. It’s the perfect day to sit on the couch with a stack of books though, which is what I plan to do.
Someone asked me if I received any books as gifts this year. I did not, but I did buy all five of the titles shortlisted for the Indie Lit Awards, lit fiction category (pictured above). I’ve already finished two of them. The rest, I must finish by the 21st of the month so I plan to start book three right after I finish this post.
It’s a brand new year and I should feel all shiny and new but I feel sort of used and spotty. I’ve been staying up a bit too late during my weeks off and now my internal clock is sort of out of whack. Should make for an interesting Monday, if I do say so myself.
I do love a new year, though. I bought a new Moleskine pocket calendar and will be updating it for the coming year. I am a bit of a fanatic about my calendar. I’ve gone through several formats lately, trying to cut down on bulk and I am hoping this one fits me. I have my Blackberry which I also use but I like to see my schedule laid out before me, and it’s hard to do on a device.
I plan to spend the rest of the day being as lazy as possible, reading, snacking, and heating up leftover gumbo. That’s my plan. what’s yours?
The short lists have been determined for The Independent Literary Awards. As you may recall, I am a judge for the Lit Fiction panel. It took three tie-breakers to come up with our short list but I am loving the Lit Fiction list that you all came up with. Thank you for taking the time to nominate a book. Now, on to the important stuff… the lists!
2010 Shortlist for GLBTQ
- Annabel by Kathleen Winter
- Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
- Krakow Melt by Daniel Allen Cox
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
- Scars by Cheryl Rainfield
2010 Short List for Literary Fiction (isn’t this a great list?)
- C by Tom McCarthy
- Great House by Nicole Krauss
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
The 2010 Short List for Non-Fiction
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
- Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
- At Home by Bill Bryson
2010 Shortlist for Speculative Fiction
- Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
- Kraken by China Mieville
- Dante’s Journey by JC Marino
- How to Live Safely in a SF Universe by Yu
- The Passage by Justin Cronin
I downloaded all of the lit fiction books to my Kindle and will be reading them through the end of January. This is in addition to the reading list that I already had in place, so I must get cracking. We’re hoping to have a winner by February 1, 2011.
So, if you’re looking for something to read, why not pick up one of these titles?