I had a great week. I went to hear Jeffery Deaver, and I'm running a contest on my blog to give away autographed copies of two of his books. I run weekly contests, and start them every Thursday. The summary of the Deaver event is posted on my blog as well.
However, last Sunday, I complained that I was having problems finding something to read after finishing Rubicon by Lawrence Alexander. I couldn't get into Kenneth C. Davis' America's Hidden History. And, Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts just didn't do it for me. I did read Sara Paretsky's Writing in an Age of Silence, but it was just a one night read.
I finally found the perfect book for those times when I don't know what I feel like reading. It's Hallie Ephron's 1001 Books for every Mood: A Bibliophile's Guide to Unwinding, Misbehaving, Forgiving, Celebrating, Commiserating. In between reviewing a couple children's books, I kept returning to this wonderful one. What could be better for someone who loves books than a selection of 1001 titles?
I'm only a third of a way through this, but Ephron's selections are categorized well. Chapters include: for a Good Laugh, for a Good Cry, for Romance, to Take a Trip. I could go on and on. Each chapter has between eight and twenty titles that fit the mood, and they include nonfiction, fiction, and, even what we normally think of as juvenile books, labeled "Family Friendly," books we can share with youngsters. Award-winning books are marked, as well as books that have been made into movies.
Susan Stamberg's forward is titled, "So Many Books, So Little Time." At least with Eprhon's 1001 Books for every Mood, I might be able to find the right book to fit my mood, and won't waste time. I've been pushing this book every since I bought it last Monday. I know it sounds like a strange book to enjoy, but as I pour over the titles, I mark the ones I've read, and I plan to go back and pick up titles that are mentioned. And, it's so good that I'm using it when I teach classes this fall. Even with a closetful of ARCs and library books, it's nice to have someone offer me 1001 books.
1001 Books for every Mood by Hallie Ephron. Adams Media Corporation, ©2007. ISBN 9781598695854 (paperback), 392p.