We’re Officially Locals Now

Morning all! It’s a brand new week. Our house is now wired up. I’ve got a new Guest Mom to introduce to you today. And I’ll be announcing winners of last Friday’s Giveaways in a bit. Life is good!

While I’m writing today’s posts, here are some pics of our maiden voyage to the library. Library cards were acquired by all.


Most fun thing about our new library: see that phone Oscar has to his ear? When you pick it up, someone on the other end is there to read you a story.

Which reminds me, we have decided to try something new: no cable/DVR. I am a bit of a DVR addict and want to declare from the beginning that I may not last a month without its joys. We’re not giving up TV altogether — we just want to experiment with the downloadable options out there. Maybe Apple TV. Maybe Roku/Netflix. We’ll see.

While we figure things out, the library has suddenly regained it’s prior glory in my life. I’ve got all sorts of reading time on my hands now that I can’t depend on American Idol to keep me entertained. So I’m need of book recommendations. If you’ve read anything wonderful lately, please leave a comment. I’d love a nice long list to plow through.

107 thoughts on “We’re Officially Locals Now”

  1. I second anything by Jodi Piccoult (Favorite is My Sister’s Keeper) and Bill Bryson (favorite is Walk in the Woods).

    Also, I just finished People of the Book and it was really good.

    Definitely go to goodreads.com!

  2. If you havent’t read it, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas is one of my favorite books of all time.
    I also liked Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and I recommend The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

  3. I just recently had my life taken over by “The Painted Veil” by W. Somerset Maugham. It is short and fantastically well written. Plus they made it into a movie a few years ago, so you can watch that once you are done with the book. (Movie a little different, but both are amazing.)

  4. My friend gave up cable for Netflix and the Roku and is quite happy with it. We may follow suit when our FIOS bundle gets more pricey at the end of the summer.

    Book recommendations:
    The Night Birds
    The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    Hunting and Gathering
    Astrid and Veronika
    Skeletons at the Feast
    I Capture the Castle
    The Blood of Flowers
    The Poisonwood Bible
    The Meaning of Night
    The Vintner’s Luck
    Away
    any of Michael Chabon’s books

    Somewhat lighter fare:
    Everyone is Beautiful
    Swapping Lives and The Beach House
    anything by Marian Keyes

    And I add my endorsement to The Devil in the White City, The Glass Castle, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

  5. My Wishlist:

    A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, by Molly Wizenberg

    The Blue Bistro, by Elin Hilderbrand

    Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes, by Emily Franklin (I just recieved a copy of this from Emily!!)

    Already read and enjoyed:
    The Gemma Doyle series by Libba
    Bray
    The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
    Bringing Up Geeks, by Marybeth Hicks
    The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister

    Are you on goodreads.com? It’s a great place to see what your friends are reading and how they rated the books. I’ve gotten tons of ideas there!

    http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1110412

  6. When we moved 10 years ago to where we are now~~we decided no cable, dish etc. We only watch what we get in with our attenna and it’s great!! Really!! Now with digital we get 3 PBS channels which includes the Create channel~~very good and we can find better things to do with that money!! I read anything and everything! My oldest son and I read many books together~~we just got done with the Artimes Fowl and Setpimus Heap books. On my own I love historical fiction and non fiction books. Try The Devil in The White City~~ very interesting. it’s about the world’s fair in Chicage (being built) and a serial killer. It is non fiction and better than any story every written!

  7. BOOKS!?!? LOVE THEM ALL!
    Here are some of my Favorites:
    A Tree Grows in Brooklynn
    The Book Theif – Zukav?
    Rebecca – Daphne DuMurie
    The Robe – Lloyd Douglass
    The Theif (Attolia Series)
    A Candle in the Darkness – Lynn Austin
    North & South – Elizabeth Gaskill (this is not the Civil War N&S – – it's more Jane Austen type)\
    The Alchemist – Paulo Cohelo
    The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
    Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire

    Those are just a few . . .if you need more let me know.

    One place to look/join online is Good Reads (goodreads.com) you can see what you're friends are reading (like an online book group of sorts).

    LOL
    JULIA

  8. How about:
    These is My Words by Nancy Turner
    Follow the River by James Alexander Thom
    Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

    More votes for:
    The Glass Castle
    My Sister’s Keeper
    Bel Canto
    Left to Tell

  9. Listening is an Act of Love – Dave Isay

    These is My Words – Nancy Turner

    …best two books I read in 2008. Love every little thing about them both.

  10. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)

    Cold Sassy Tree (Olive Ann Burns)

    A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)

    Water for Elephants (Sara ?)

  11. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Strange title, I know, but absolutely wonderful. It is clean, delightful and you don’t want it to end. Who knew you could enjoy a book so much that is entirely made of letters between the characters.

  12. i just read People of the Book and i couldn’t put it down. currently i’m reading John Adams.

    Beneath the Marble Sky is also awesome.

    and since all my books are in boxes (we just moved to the PNW) i can’t really remember any more. goodreads is a great place. i saw someone else also suggested it. i love to see what others are reading.

  13. If you're looking for a series to keep you in books for a while, try Laurie R King's "The Beekeeper's Apprentice." It begins a Russell & Holmes series that is moving, smart (SO smart), and incredibly well-written. There are 9 books so far- with the newest only released two weeks ago- and they are all splendid. :-)

    -Sara

  14. Here are a few of personal favorites: The Bible (Recovery Version with study notes), Falling Leaves, Pride and Prejudice, A Long Fatal Love Chase (by Louisa May Alcott), Jurassic Park, and the Glass Castle.

    I am currently reading Love in the Time of Cholera. . .it’s ok.

  15. Hi, I read your blogs religiously. And what a surprise to see you’ve moved in my neck of the woods. WELCOME. You have to go to Tattered Cover on Colfax Ave. Denver. I am sure your kids and you will enjoy the book store. Enjoy the weather and hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day.
    Avni Patel

  16. So…pretty much all of my recomendations have already been named…that means they're AMAZING! :)

    North & South
    Wives and Daughters (Both by Elizabeth Gaskell)

    Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

    Shannon Hale's an excellent YA author :)

  17. You absolutely MUST read Haven Kimmel’s two memoirs: “A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana” and the sequel, “She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana.” They are delightfully hilarious.

  18. goodreads is a wonderful site – highly recommend it!

    “Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

    anything by Michael Pollan. So good…

  19. I’ve recently launched a new reading schedule for myself. Not in the amount of time I read, but in which books I read. Here’s the deal: First I can read 2 books that I “want” to read (can be anything – something that catches my eye at the bookstore, something recommended by a friend, the next great american novel, whatever). After that, I read a “classic” (aka, something I “should” read or should have read already). In the past few months I’ve re-read The Great Gatsby and right now I’m reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Next up is Outliers. Then David Sedaris’ most recent book. Then The Diary of Anne Frank.

    Turns out, in the end, that I’m as excited about the classics as I am about the books I “want” to read!

    Enjoy your reading time. Let us know what you decide with the downloadable TV.

  20. I’ve been going back and re-reading childhood favorites or reading them out loud for the kids. Scott O’Dell, Narnia Series, Prydain Chronicles, Melendy Quartet, E. Nesbits books, Penderwick Chronciles, My Side of the Mountain just to name a few. It’s also fun to find local books, whether about the place you moved to or people that have lived there and writen books.

  21. In no particular order…

    A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Kimmel (light, funny memoir)

    White Teeth, by Zadie Smith (not super new, but funny and well-written)

    Natasha and Other Stories, by David Bezmozgis (collection of short stories that really are more like chapters in a novel. it’s interesting and well-written)

    The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill (haven’t started this yet, but my mother and my father-in-law have both enjoyed it. it won Canada Reads this year which is put on by CBC)

    Wicked, by Gregory Maguire (also not a new one, but interesting and fantastic in the true sense of the word. it’s about how the Wicked Witch of the West became who she was…really about why she ended up so wicked)

  22. I’ve seen my recommendations several times on here…but if you see them once again you know for certain they’re good: Guernsey Literary…, The Thirteenth Tale, and Book Thief. Happy reading.

  23. Very nice. I am in charge of my online book club’s reading selection for next month. This should help! One you’ve probably read (who hasn’t?), that is my all-time favorite is Les Miserables. I read it in Jr. High, and am trying to find time to re-read it soon, along with The Count of Monte Cristo (another favorite of my youth).

  24. I like to be in the know with what my kids are reading, and I got hooked on the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. My 8 year old son loves me to read to him still (and he’s an excellent reader..so sweet).

  25. “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak is, hands down, one of my all-time favorites. Heavy. Moving. Inspired. Worth your precious time to read it, though not what you’re after if you’re looking for a frothy alternative to American Idol. For humor, I like anything by Ruth Reichel (eg Comfort Me With Apples), the food critic, as she satisfies my funny bone AND my appetite.

  26. A couple of new titles I just finished reading…

    Jamie Ford’s lovely debut novel “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.”

    Azar Nafisi’s “Things I’ve Been Silent About.”

    And Joseph O’Neill’s “Netherland” is sitting on my bedside table awaiting me…

    Shannon Hale’s Goosegirl series for young adults is a great read too – especially along with one of your girls.

  27. nice, nice. i like the library card design because it’s simple. and i love the phone-story idea. i wonder what happens when the kids lose their patience though? i mean when they just hang up.

  28. Arapahoe library district? I am glad to see you are in my part of town. I can’t wait to see what “treasures” you find in this area… looking forward to it!

  29. Have to second the Guernsey Literary Society – a real gem.

    A new favorite is Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – everything you crave in a great fairy tale.

    Eat, Pray, Love is lovely and moving and inspiring.

    Just finished Daughter of the Forest – a very engrossing and magical retelling of ancient Celtic legends (if you’re up for fantasy).

    The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery is a perennial favorite and go-to recommendation. I just bought my fourth copy (all others having been loved to death).

    Willa Cather is a beautiful writer. Strong, pioneering, early-American characters. Try My Antonia or, even better, One of Ours.

    Suite Francaise is beautiful – a novel in five parts (hence suite) written by a young Jewish woman about the Nazi occupation of France. Unfinished, though – she was able only to write three parts before she was captured and died in a concentration camp. The prose is absolutely lovely.

    Also have to add a plug for goodreads.com – it’s the best book recommendation hot-line ever.

    Happy Reading!!

  30. Try Lake in the Clouds by Sara Donati. It is the 3rd book in a series of 5 books, but it was my favourite. Plus, if you like it, there are 4 more to add to your list.

  31. goodreads.com is great because you hear the "warnings" if you don't want certain things in a good book.

    We are without TV & DVR but I still catch 30 Rock & The Office on Hulu.com free. I've found myself listening to more music & cd's of talks.

  32. Interpreter of Maladies by Juhmpa Lahiri, not new but an incredible book of short stories.

    Billionaire’s Vinegar, a very fun foodie read

    A Homemade Life, another fun foodie read

    I am just about to read Coop about a guy who moves with his family to the country.

    Happy reading! I am tempted to do the same thing, but honestly I am not sure I could survive without the tv for my kids at 5:00 everyday so I can make dinner in relative peace!

  33. There are man comments in support of “The Book Thief”, but I want to add my support as well. The book is incredible.

    “Life as We Knew it” by Susan Beth Pfeffer is another amazing young adult book that I could not put down. I reread it immediately upon finishing it. The storyline is fantastic.

    “Tomorrow when the war began” by John Marsden is another young adult novel (Australian) that is really worth reading.

    For lighter reading try any of Sarah Vowell’s books of essays. Funny, quirky, and insightful.

    In the same vein I can recommend “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” by J. Maarten Troost.

  34. As a librarian, I am so excited to see you all have already found the local library!

    The 2 best books I have read in the past year are “Light a Penny Candle” by Maeve Binchy and “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls.

    Good luck with the no TV project. I adore your blog. Thanks for all the links to pretty things :)

  35. love your blog! welcome to denver! i’m a denverite and love living in this smallish city (certainly compared to NYC). i hope and your family love it too.
    twiilight series was good (even if it is for teens) also like dorothy koomson (my best friend’s girl and marshmellows for breakfast)and marne kellogg (local author, mystery). Both fairly easy to read but not too light.

  36. A Painted House by John Grisham… I was cleaning house and came across this book which came from who knows where. Sweet book, no legal stuff… 1952 nostalgia, about a 7-year-old boy and his familly in rural Arkansas on a cotton farm.

  37. I didn’t read through all of the comments, so sorry for any repeats.

    I’m a HUGE library rat and love to read, so here are some other book suggestions:
    – Shopaholic series (frivolous, easy to read)
    – The Twentieth Wife
    – The Feast of Roses (sequel to Twentieth Wife)
    – Graceling
    – The Hunger Games
    – The Book Thief
    – The Uglies series (there are four books)
    – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
    – Kabul Beauty School
    – Water for Elephants
    – Kite Runner
    – A Thousand Splendid Suns
    – Poisonwood Bible
    – Anything by Philipa Gregory (I love books about Tudor History!)

    I could go on and on……

  38. Old favorites:
    “east of eden” -Steinbeck
    “end of the affair” and “the heart of the matter”-graham greene
    “the seven storey mountain”-t.merton
    “the catcher in the rye”-j.d.salinger
    “till we have faces”-c.s.lewis
    “crime and punishment”-dostoevsky

    Recent Reads I really liked:
    “a cook’s tour” -anthony bourdain
    “still alice”-lisa genova
    “the year of magical thinking”-joan didion
    “healing waters”-nancy rue
    “push not the river”…cant remember the author….but couldnt put it down…so much action/love/everyting in one book!! amazing!

    thanks for starting this…now i have all sorts of new books to read myself! woohoo!

  39. Gabrielle, we haven’t had cable for 5 years and it has been a huge blessing. We still watch our favorites online if we choose (it’s nice to have the option) but mostly we are happier and more productive people. Netflix is wonderful (highly recommend) and I know my husband likes Hulu. It’s nice to feel like you are making a conscious choice as to what to watch and missing out on those long, annoying commercials is priceless!

  40. I’ll second the Janet Evanovich books (although its colorful language because its in Jersey, what can you expect), the Devil in the White City, North and South (also a fabulous BBC mini-series and a great way to try out the Netflix play instantly feature) — and add the Jasper Fforde Thursday Next novels – the first one is the Eyre Affair – think about a world where you can jump into books and book characters wander out of them…the whole series is very clever, especially if you a bookworm and get all the references. Enjoy!

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