Saturday, April 18, 2009

Back to my obsession!

BK (before kids) I read all the time. In fact, I read so much, I remember Mark complaining about it when we were first married. But over the years and with the raising of two children, my book obsession took a back seat to real life.

Over the past couple of weeks and with the help of, I have renewed my love of reading.

With the exception of the Twilight Book series, I really haven't done much reading since I was at the lake in July. But over the last few weeks I have read:

Memoirs of a Geisha which was a great "epic" novel detailing the life of a Geisha during the 1930's and 1940's and covering the period when we were at war with Japan.

I loved entering the mysterious world of the Geisha and about the Japanese culture and people. It's a great read but not when I would call a "light" read.

I just finished:

The Glass Castle. Excellent book! I read it in two days only because I started it at night and fell asleep reading. If I had started it in the morning I promise you nothing would have gotten done around my house that day. The book is that good!

It's the true story of Jeannette Walls childhood with her parents who refused to work and her brother and sister. While living in the most extreme poverty and enduring incredible neglect, Jeannette overcomes it all to be a successful writer for MSNBC. I highly recommend it!

Right now I'm reading:

On The Road. This is the book that inspired the Beat generation. It chronicles the life of the author as he travels North America in search of
self-knowledge and experience.

I've wanted to read this book for many years but for some reason it has just sat on my bookshelf gathering dust. While I wanted to read it just to see what all the fuss is about, it's not one that has gotten my attention like the Bill Bryson books have. The humor that Bryson uses in describing his travels make reading about the adventure more fun than On The Road. To me, On The Road is a more gritty read. But, like I said, I'm only about 1/2 way done. I'll save my final opinion for later.

While I don't normally like to read two books at once, I'm feeling the urge to reread my favorite book from last year:

I usually read my books then pass them on. Or, more recently, repost them on Paperbackswap. But this book is a keeper. It touched something in me.

It's a book about self-discovery and changing the direction of your life.

Maybe because I feel like my life is in transition with my boys growing up and leaving home, but I feel a connection with the author.

Whether you've ever experienced a major change in your life or even have had a desire to try something outside of your comfort zone, Eat, Pray, Love is a book every woman should read.

What about you? What good books have your read lately?

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