Monthly Archives: April 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday – the literary edition

It’s been a while since I had time to do this, but the teething baby is quiet and my to-do list is temporarily under control, so here’s my version of the Quick Takes via Conversion Diary.

This week is a list of the books on my shelf waiting for me to read…lately I have really been into swapping websites, like paperbackswap.com and swap.com.  For free or a small fee (swap.com), you can exchange books and DVD’s with other members, you pay the shipping.  It’s based on demand- so some of the obscure Catholic books I want I may never get from there, but it’s a nice option when the library doesn’t have what I want.  I highly recommend book swapping, especially if you are a frugal bibliophile like me!

1 –15 Days of Prayer with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton by Betty Ann McNeil. I hear that a lot of people pick a special book or books for reading during Lent, so this year I saved this one.  Haven’t started it yet, of course…but there are 3 weeks left, right?  🙂  Mother Seton is the patron saint I chose when I went through RCIA 2 years ago.

2 – Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane. This is supposed to be an astronaut’s version of a tell-all biography.  I got interested in it after reading some quotes from Mike Mullane when I read Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.  If you like science and sarcasm, check out her books!

3 – Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon. I recently got really, really into Gabaldon’s books when Amazon had the first book in her Outlander series free for the Kindle (*shakes fist at Amazon*).  Thought I would read this offshoot series while waiting for the next one in the FIRST series I got hooked on…this might not be good for my spare time.

4 – Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale. I discovered this author in my college alumni magazine – we have the same alma mater, obviously.  Can’t wait to read it and support my fellow McDaniel alum!

5 – The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. This one is for my book club.  Recommended by a friend who read it for her book club.  Hopefully it’s not one of those “all the book clubs are reading this but it’s really a bad book, but wildly popular because book clubs just keep following each other like sheep” book.

6 – Black Elk Speaks by Nicholas Black Elk. Read this in college, seem to remember liking it (as a kid I was fascinated by Native American culture), and heard recently that he converted to Catholicism at some point…so I thought it was worth a re-read out of curiosity.

7 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nice Section 31: Abyss by David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang. This is my (not so secret, anymore) weakness- Star Trek and Star Wars novels.  I devour them like candy.  Have been waiting a long time to get my hands on this one!   🙂