Sunday, August 30, 2009

Opening Sentence of the Day: American Rust

. "Isaac's mother was dead five years but he hadn't stopped thinking about her." American Rust by Philipp Meyer. Interesting enough, if not a real grabber. In fact, this is my second try at starting this one. It has been sitting on my LibraryThing Early Reviewer list since January. I am going to buckle down and finish it. PS: I started two new books this week -- this one and The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. I usually have three books going at one time: one at home (Chinese Chef), one to carry around (Rust), and one audio book on my iPod (Shalimar the Clown this week). The carry around book is either a hardback without the dustjacket, or a paperback that I don't care it it gets beat up or that I put a protective cover on. I've followed this three-book system for so long, I hardly even recognize it as the fussy idiosyncrasy it is. Do other people have particular book habits? .


  1. That's funny that you have three books on the go at once! My strange book habit is the opposite: I only have one book on the go at a time, no exceptions! Once I start a book, I won't pick up another until the first one is done. My son reads several books at once, and it drives me nuts! Oh, and I rarely leave home without my current read- I feel lost if I'm bookless!

  2. Jonita: I never leave the house without a book. I would panic! But I am fussy about bent covers, so that is why I need to have a carry-around book. The iPod helps because I know I have at least six books with me at any time!

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