Sometimes, books with titles like “Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft” are just what I’m in the mood for (Um, a flex-shaft is a jeweler’s tool. Get your mind out of the gutter). Often they aren’t. So when the likes of “Practical Casting,” and “Chasing and Repoussé” aren’t quite doing it for me, I refer to my handy, non-jewelry-related to-read list.
Here’s a sampling of books from that list. Some I have read, others I haven’t gotten to yet, and one, well, I’ll either have to win the lottery or go to prison before I can get my hands on it.
A few years ago I went on a classics kick, but it had been a while since I’d picked up a proven title, so I read The Call of the Wild last month. Now I feel like I really do understand my cat’s needs whenever he insists on staying out all night. It’s just the (suburban) wild, calling him from deep within. Calling him to literally “kill the wabbit” and then to leave it, dismembered, in my front porch. I get it–it’s innate. But it’s also very yucky, kitty.
Before that, I read The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. Now that’s a title. It’s a great book, and it totally lit a fire in me that, frankly, has since gone out. (Until I come up with an idea — that one thing. Muah ha ha! Then I’ll read it again and actually do what the book motivates it’s readers to do.)
Also on the list are: The Exquisite Risk , and Fed Up with Frenzy, which both seem to implore a deliberate, slow lifestyle, which I am all for. The only thing is, we have that whole soccer thing going on, and I might feel a little bit like a poser reading those right now. I think I’ll just finish Living the Good Life, which I am currently reading, and continue fantasizing about a simple, farmy life in the woods.
I’m curious about The Book Thief, because it seems like everyone is reading it, but I wonder if it’s too similar in topic to Sarah’s Key, which I recently cruised through and would highly recommend. If I do continue to read more on the same subject (Jewish persecution during WWII. Never fun, often inspiring in surprising ways), then In the Garden of Beasts will be in my lap soon, too.
I’d like to read through The Backyard Naturalist, and turn my backyard into a bird and butterfly haven. But I just know that the squirrels will infiltrate any special accommodations I make for the sweet birdies, and ruin all the fun. Maybe I need to get Put Em Up, Take Em Out!: Knife Fighting Techniques From Folsom Prison, and use my new skills to shank those greedy rodents. (That is an actual book, that came up randomly in an Amazon search. Apparently, it’s rare, and goes for $100-$200, which makes me really, really want it now.)
What are you reading or planning to read? I think I need to add a few more to the list, just in case “The Complete Metalsmith” isn’t cutting it.