June 16, 2011

Wait. I thought I said no religious texts…

I received ten suggestions from college friends for my next read in the challenge. I didn’t expect the twinge of grief I felt when my friend Heather performed the drawing for me on Tuesday at work. For days, I’d been thinking about all these possibilities, and now, even though I’m excited about the book I’m going to read next, I feel the others have been locked behind a veil. Sniff. (Good grief, Wendy. It’s only a year.)

The following ten books went into the hat (or a basket, in this case):

At Home: A Short History of Private LifeAt Home by Bill Bryson, Amy’s pick

Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Ayappa’s pick

Getting Over ItGetting Over It by Anna Maxted, Erin’s Pick

A Girl Named ZippyA Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel, Haj’s pick

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, Adam’s pick

The LacunaThe Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, TJ’s pick

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood PalLamb: The Gospel According Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore, Karen’s pick

Memoirs of a GeishaMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Ranju’s pick

Oryx and CrakeOryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, Honor’s pick

Days Gone Bye (The Walking Dead, #1)Days Gone Bye, The Walking Dead, #1, by Robert Kirkman, Ian’s pick

And without further ado, my friend Heather drew the following read:


Karen’s pick, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

That Heather was the one to draw this book out of the basket is a bit eerie, because she’s been recommending Christopher Moore to me for months. He’s one of her favorites.

I’m expecting this novel to be a bit like Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (a hilarious parody of the Apocalypse)–with some (OK, plenty of) extra vulgarity and profanity. We’ll see. I’m betting on laughs.

An aside–Because of this challenge, I’ve gotten back in touch with my friend Karen! She does math really well, which makes her a superhero. (By the way Karen, I’d like to talk to you about Montessori school math philosophy sometime. Note to self, Wendy.) Karen also harmonizes well on road trips and regularly attended Mule Day as a youth. She’s not on Facebook, so I tracked her down using stealth skills with her last known email address. I was already glad, but now Christopher Moore can be glad too.

If you are reading, Karen, please feel free to add a comment about why you chose this book. I forgot to ask earlier.


Lamb is a fantastic book and (IMO) Christopher Moore is a fantastic writer; super-funny and witty and always uses his powers for good (lit).

by Patrick on June 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm. #

I’m around page 30 and I already adore this book. It is funny like I expected, but I also feel like I’m with the kids from Goonies or Super 8 and one of them just happens to be the Son of God.

by wendy on June 20, 2011 at 1:12 am. #

I’m so excited–both that you picked this book & that we are back in touch! :)

This is one of the few books that both made me laugh out loud (several times) and made me cry. I’ve read several of Moore’s books and this is by far my favorite.

by Karen on June 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm. #

Oddly enough, Patrick up there, is the one who recommended Christopher Moore to me! Wow, what a fantastic circle this has become! That had better be a good book! (I’ve read several of his others and I am now going to make a point to start this one TONIGHT!! I can’t tell you how many times I have checked it out and returned it unread.)

by Heather on June 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm. #

Glad to hear this round got you back in touch with Karen. Hope you’re doing well, Karen! I’ll have to add this title to my neverending to-be-read list!

by Erin on June 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm. #

Loving it so far, guys.

by wendy on June 20, 2011 at 1:13 am. #