Thursday, May 27, 2010

Girl Talk Thursday: Reading

Girl Talk Thursday this week: Do you make time to read? What are your favorite novels?

Well, yeah I read. For as long as I can remember, reading has been very important to me. Hell, I even got in trouble in the fourth grade for reading my Babysitter's Club book in my lap rather than do my schoolwork. While other kids got in trouble for talking, I got in trouble for having my nose in a book. Go figure.

Reading tops my list of passions - it's right up there with shoes - so much so that I even made it the theme to our wedding. Lucky for me DH likes to read too.

I read a lot. Probably on average about two books a month. I pretty much have a book with me at all times in case there's some waiting time wherever I am. I've read a lot of great books. And some not so great. One of my favorite quotes about reading comes from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (great book), "Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books."

So freaking true.

I don't have a specific genre I stick to when I read. Though I tend to read more fiction than non-fiction and quite a bit of historical fiction, especially just about anything I can get my hands on related to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. I like a lot of what is considered classic literature. And DH has got me into the fantasy genre lately, specifically Robin Hobb.

My favorite reads from the last year:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - scandalized journalist and superhacker work to solve an old disappearance case that takes a turn for the disturbed. Slow start but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Read it in three days during our honeymoon.

The Help - civil rights movement in Mississippi told from the perspectives of three different women. I loved it. Read it. Now.

The Devil in the White City - two stories centered around the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893. One being the construction and operations of the fair... which was sometimes really dry. Interesting, but dry. Second being the serial killer who took advantage of the tourists in town to slake his dark desires. Dark and twisty of the dark and twistiness. But really fascinating.

The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb is an incredible author. I have loved all of his books, and this one was no exception. The 1999 school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado are the catalyst of this book as the narrator and his wife work at the school. The shootings are factual while the narrator and the rest of the novel are fictional. It's an incredibly emotional book that shows the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

My top five favorite books of all time:

1. Pride and Prejudice
2. East of Eden
3. Harry Potter (yes, I am counting the whole series as one book)
4. The Kite Runner
5. The Awakening

I always have the hardest time with the last two, as 4 and 5 usually rotate out with something I've read recently. So it's a top five list, but it's not laminated and is therefore up for revision.

What are you reading?


Anonymous said...

I just started the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it is slow so far. Also, I wanted to by "The Help" at the store the other day, but my boyfriend was all " have a book AND a magazine already. And $25 for a book? Can't you find it online?" *GASP* YOU WANT ME TO WAIT TO BUY A BOOK!?

Then I realized HE was the one buying the groceries/books.

Tatiana said...

I want to read "The Hour I First Believed" now. I have a hard time whenever I think about Columbine -- because I remember watching "Bowling for Columbine" in a college class here in Canada and sobbing helplessly right there in front of everyone.

Also, I want to read "The Kite Runner", which my mom also said was amazing. If it's on your top five, I definitely need to get ahold of it!

Brittany said...

I was always that kid too getting in trouble for reading instead of doing my school work lol ^_^. I haven't read any of those books so I'll have to put them on my "to read" list. Thanks!

Beckles said...

There's a fantastic trilogy about Josephine Bonaparte that I read last year. It's by Sandra Gulland. I highly suggest it if you like historical fiction.

Claudia said...

Pride & Prejudice is such an amazing story :)