When I was in high school, I actually didn’t care much for reading. I think it was because I was assigned reading on books I’d probably never choose myself. I think the worst was the summer reading choices – they were never very interesting (to me) and then we were tested on some theme about them on the first or second day of school. Fastest way to kill the love of reading if you ask me. While I love to write, if you ask me to analyze a book for its underlying themes and meanings, I can bet I’d stare at the page for a long time.
In college, I had so much assigned reading for my Communication major (read: theoretical and journal articles), and I simply avoided literature classes altogether, that my love of reading for pleasure and leisure actually flooded back. No tests. No constraints. Reading for the pure joy of it.
Here are a few books I’ve read lately and are on the list…
When it comes to books and book choices, I’m not the type that likes books you have to later analyze for what it actually meant. That was what gave me knots in my stomach in school. To this day, I’m still not so sure how I got by in Honors English, because if I’m being honest, I’m pretty sure I made up 75% of my analysis…and not the insightful new spin on things either.
Knit Two by Kate Jacobs: I read the first book The Friday Night Knitting Club a few years ago and loved it. This book wasn’t up to par of the original, but made for a fun read. It picks up five years after the first book. ***/*****
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: I remember flying through Dan Brown’s first two books, Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. This book was definitely like those two in terms of structure and plot twists. I think I was looking for a little more. Entertaining overall. ***/*****
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: I had been putting off reading this book for a long time. Based on the synopsis, it didn’t really grab my attention. Then I saw the trailer for the movie and it quickly became a priority. I LOVED this book. When I had only three chapters left, I stayed up to finish the book. I also loved the movie because it brought all the things I had to picture in my mind to life. *****/*****
The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I finally ordered this book when my sister gave me an Amazon.com giftcard for my birthday. I had read good reviews (which I usually don’t pay that much attention to) and the title intrigued me. I found it interesting how Kathryn Stockett crafted the story in the voices of two maids and a career girl (for lack of a better term) in 1960’s Mississippi. I really enjoyed the book, spent some afternoons while Cent watched basketball reading, and I think it ended as well as it could considering it’s based in a historical context. I’m looking forward to the movie. *****/*****
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau: So this isn’t a fiction book, but it was a great read. I’ve been a fan of Chris Guillebeau and his blog for a few years now and when I heard he was writing a book, I had to pick it up. He talks about living life as you want to live it. He certainly has had an unconventional existence by typical American standards. Great inspiring read for those who want to write their own story. ****/*****
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller: I just started this last night. I will report back.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenger: Next on the list.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: Next on the Sony Reader (which is what is on top of the first book in the stack). I actually listened to the audio book, but I definitely think this one needs to be read with your eyes.
And if you want to be friends on yet another social network, you can find me on Good Reads…
What books do you recommend?
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