October 19, 2005

The Traveler

One of the first tasks we completed in our new town was to sign-up for library cards. It was an exciting moment for me. I grew-up with a great local library in Middleton, WI. In fact the library was just rated the fourth best in the country for the size of the community. See the HAPLR ratings.

My new library here in Georgia is a whole different library experience. I had a hard time finding the fiction section and once found I was confused by the lack of options. Ofcourse, Georgia libraries as a whole state is ranked 44th out of 51. I did succeed in finding a good book to read by browsing the “popular fiction” wall of hard covers. But oh my! are there some trashy modern novels being published these days. It seems like everyone is trying to rewrite Sex and the City.

The Traveler“The Traveler” by John Twelve Hawks. I couldn’t put it down. This is a book that will surely be a movie someday. Every page was action packed and had this nice balance of conspiracy theory and humanism. I loved it. That is until I reached the last 30 pages, when I realized nothing was going to be resolved. I skipped to the last page to read that it was the first book in a series.

Argh! I hate reading brand-new series. This book came out in 2005. It is going to be years before the series is complete and who knows how many books there will be. It is so frustrating! What am I to do now? If this fact won’t bother you, I highly recommend the book.

My days of wandering aimlessly into the library and picking up a terrific book are over. My new strategy is to order books through their system, but that means I need to know what book I want to read next. Today I will pick up “Sight Hound” by Pam Houston. And after that?

Please feel free to offer book suggestions. I only, only read fiction, but within that I’m pretty open.


  1. Wheaton was in the Top for 2000, 2002, 2003 … how does it just drop off?

    And for book suggestions, I have all the books I’ve read lately on my blog. Confederacy of Dunces I loved, right now my book club is reading American Pastoral by Philip Roth, and I really liked Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Too bad there’s not a sort of Netflix for books. I have a queue about a mile long of books I want to read…I’ll have to post that somewhere… out there in cyberspace…

    Comment by rosie — October 20, 2005 @ 1:11 pm

  2. oh, and read the Time Traveler’s Wife if you haven’t already…

    Comment by rosie — October 20, 2005 @ 1:12 pm

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