I was an avid reader growing up. My mom says that when she would wake up in the night to nurse my younger sister, I would wake up and bring her a book to read to me while she nursed. I have since wondered what the hell my dad was doing during those times, but I can't ask him, so I guess I'll never know.
But I digress.
University brought a halt to my reading-for-fun. Honestly, after reading text after article after math proof, the only page I wanted to turn was in my InStyle mag. But now that I am a little freer, I am back into the books with a vengeance. So here's a snippet of the literary entertainment that I have blessed my eyes and mind with in the past few months:
The Time Traveler's Wife - Brilliant and mesmerizing. I still think about those characters as though they are real people in my life. It is by far one of the best books I've read. EVER. The others would be Life of Pi, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and The Piano Man's Daughter. I could go on and on about these books, but I won't. Read them for yourself and discover.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Though not a literary masterpiece by any means, it kept me turning the page. I appreciated the Phoebe storyline more than Paul's, so I kept reading to find out more about Phoebe, though I didn't learn as much as I would have wanted.
Getting Rid of Matthew - I bought it at the airport to read on the plane and the cover looked fun, but I had never heard of it or the author before.This is a British chick book à la Bridget Jones, and although it took me awhile to get into (I found the beginning rather forced), once I hit the midpoint of the plot I was hooked. It's the antithesis of a romance novel, and funny to boot. I could see it ending up as a romantic comedy someday. Well, an anti-romance romantic comedy. Maybe just a comedy. Or a dramedy.
Now, I must confess the following: I am reading the Traveling Pants books. Actually, I've read the first 3 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, and am right into the fourth book. How are these freaken books so good? The characters are a bit cliché, and the whole idea of being joined by the pants "together and apart" is a little ridiculous, but I love them anyway! In fact, when I finished the second book last Sunday, I immediately ran to the computer to request the next book from the library (as the bookstore was closed). I have not seen the movie, so I have no idea if its cheese factor is greater than gorgonzola, but the books are fun, light, and did I mention FUN? Must read, people. Must read.
Moo Baa La La La - What the hell, I love it. Sacha loves it, everyone loves it.
And yes, I still flip through the ads of my InStyle on a monthly basis. Not that I can really buy any of what is in there (damn American department stores) but I love flipping just the same.