In middle school and junior high (yes my school district had both) I was an avid reader. I was one of those annoying kids that bragged about reading the newest installment of Harry Potter withing 24 hours of its release but it went beyond that. I genuinely believe my only hobby aside from chronicling the drama of my life in a diary with two kittens on the front from ages 10-14 was reading. I would read during all my free time at school (sometimes during lunch), I would read on the bus ride home, and when I walked in the front door I would draw a bath for myself and spend the afternoon reading until my body was pruney and wrinkled. I distinctly remember bringing books into the shower several times and maneuvering just right to ensure they didn’t get wet as I bathed. I must have read 5-6 chapter books a week. I was both dedicated and a little bit pathetic. I liked the ambiance of a candlelit bath and a good book as early as age 8.
One evening I came home from a guitar lesson with my 7th grade boyfriend in tears. I had just discovered that I had virtually no talents I could brag about. Some of my friends played soccer, some were gymnasts and my “boyfriend” played guitar. In my eyes these were all worthy talents. I tearfully asked my Mother what made me worthy…what was my talent? Her response was that I was a good reader. Like I said, I didn’t have a whole lot going for me. That being said I feel more connected to my 7th grade self than I have in a long time and not just because I can appreciate an age inappropriate My Little Pony bedspread or choose to rock the frizzy hair on a daily basis. Since graduating in June and no longer reading hundreds of textbook pages each evening I have rekindled my love for reading.
I try to incorporate time every day for “book reading” meaning not just blog posts, magazines or news articles but you know…actual books. Since arriving in Nova Scotia I’ve read several lovely books that I would highly recommend (even if you are not as book crazed as I am).
The classic follows Esther as she descends into a deep and incurable depression. The story its-self is fairly sad and really not that interesting but the writing is phenomenal. Sylvia Plath has an astounding way with words that leaves you lingering on every sentence. I had to pause every few lines to highlight a quote I loved.
I’d been wanting to read Valley of the Dolls for sometime before I finally picked it up a week or so ago. The pop-culture classic follows three girls in their early twenties trying to make a way for themselves in New York City. The novel is fairly revolutionary as it takes place in the 1940s and discusses young, single women and their problems with pills, premarital sex and aging. I found the entire novel really depressing (there aren’t really any happy endings) but such a page turner. I found myself looking for any window of time I could to read it (I even read it as I was blow drying my hair!).
Chances are you’ve either heard of Lena Dunham’s “sort of biography” or you live under a rock. The hilarious and insightful book of stories and lessons from Lena’s life thus far really lives up to all of the hype and attention it has received. As you read you feel like you are catching up with an old friend over coffee. It’s really a lot of fun.
Essays in love is a series of small essays following the love story of the main character Alain as he falls for Chloe. As you read Alain’s descriptions of meeting, falling for, loving, fighting, and eventually breaking up and falling out of love you will find yourself nodding in agreement with Alain’s poetic yet true to life descriptions. Alain is truly a gifted writer. He captures the feelings we all share as we experience love and articulates them beautifully. I honestly doubt the author has ever written a dull sentence in his entire life, the way his words flow make my heart swoon.
I picked this book up on a whim at a small book store in Napa Valley. The author’s writing style instantly reminded me of F.Scott Fitzgerald and I was hooked! The way this book is written is unique and fascinating. Although it follows the life and love story of a writer, the main character’s background, name, setting and friends change periodically throughout the novel. It’s a little difficult to describe but very interesting. I found myself inspired by the lovely writing and also intrigued by the story line. It caused me to question the main character’s beliefs on love as well as my own.
I could go on and on and on about books that I think everyone should read ( I haven’t even touched Children’s literature yet and it’s one of my favorite genres). What are some of your favorite books? Are you as much of a nerdy book worm as I am? I seriously need your suggestions for my 9 hour flight on Saturday;there is nothing better than loosing yourself in a book on a plane and letting time fly by!