Okay, so one more peripherally San Francisco-related but bookish post and then I promise it is back to regular business. I have lots of books to write about, which I've read in the past month or so, and some other fun things to share. I am feeling decidedly lazy at the moment however, so let me tell you about the books I wanted to buy but didn't. They now are on my ever and always growing wishlist.
I'm slowly settling back into a routine. For some reason I have felt more disoriented coming back this time around than from other vacations. No doubt not having been connected to the internet has had something to do with it. Yet I can't say that I have filled in that non-internet time with bookish activities sadly. So I have been doubly disconnected. I hate that feeling. And I am envious (as I make my way through posts in Feedly) of all the books that are being read (and I mean read and completed and then written about) out there. I'm moving at a snail's pace and am having a hard time focusing on books, blogs and reading lately. I'm wondering if I can salvage the rest of October and all my ambitious reading plans. Perhaps not with just a little over a week left in the month. Better to start from scratch in November? What do you do when your reading mojo abandons you?
The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making by David Esterly
The Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco by Gary Kamiya
The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Provence by Martin Gayford
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield -- I know lots of people have read this one and I even had it out from the library once, but it is now available in paperback.
This is Paris Wall Calendar 2014 by M. Sasek -- He wrote a number of "This is . . . " books including one about San Francisco. I liked the looks of this one. Hard to believe I actually need to think about 2014 already!
A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland -- This looks really good--from the Greek Myths to graphic novels.
The Sea by Marianne Dubuc --This is a very cute children's book. Go and click out on the link and take a look!
Have you seen a whole series of books for kids of the classics called Baby Lit? They look like fun and the illustrations are great!
An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus by William Todd Schultz
Why Photography Matters by Jerry L. Thompson
Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit
Face in the Lens: Anonymous Photographs by Robert Flynn Johnson
The Unrest Cure by Saki -- I have been coveting this book for a while now (a new NYRB edtion with illustrations by Edward Gorey!), and came thisclose to buying it when I saw it at Dog Eared Books. I will definitely be buying it now, however.
Silent House by Orhan Pamuk -- I am having an overwhelming desire to read something by him at the momemt.
Beautiful Lies by Clare Clark
The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
The Vatard Sisters by J.-K. Huysmans
Do you see a few themes going on here? Museum gift shops/bookstores have lots of the sorts of books that interest me. Otherwise it is all a hodgepodge of books that caught my eye. Some were books that I see have come out in paperback and others that were totally new to me. Some I am sure I will buy and others I'll try and find at the library. But they all make my fingers itchy to pick them up, crack them open and start reading.
Tomorrow is ghost story day and I've got three that I hope to write about. Three more left in the book I am reading from. I'm nearly finished with Wilkie Collins, too, and that will do it for my RIP reading. But more about all that later this week!