Lately, I’ve been notching off even more books on the “Life List” than I have since my days of working nights…many slow nights. Two years of grad school plus work did not afford me as much outside reading time as I would normally like, and quite frankly, things were busy.
But now that I have to be up so early in the morning on the reg., I’ve fallen into a beautiful routine I didn’t have for years; tucking into bed before 10 p.m. and spending about 2 hours reading…and reading…and reading.
This has afforded me the ability to carve out time daily (even if it is betwixt the sheets) and really trim off at least one, if not two, books a week. And while I usually have one young adult novel going alongside a classic or something more “grown up”, it’s a wonderful balance of fantasy and fun…with the added excuse that as a librarian who works with 6-12 graders, reading those Y.A. books, for recommendations sake, makes that much more sense.
I’ve even taken re-reading classics I haven’t picked up in awhile; like “Wuthering Heights”, “Sense and Sensibility”, “Anne of Green Gables” and even Poe.
Some other books I’ve recently gobbled include:
Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks; The Mysteries of Pittsburg by Michael Chabon; The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing; Hear Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffineger
I’d highly recommend the Lessing if you want some horror, the Niffineger for a brilliantly enticing read with some fantastical ghost elements but altogether multi-faceted and intriguing characters, and Banks for a crisp coming of age story. My second attempt at Chabon (the first being The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, of which an old beau of mine claimed was his favorite book and so I read…and read…and read…) failed again miserably; I think his sentences are too verbose for my taste. Either that or I just don’t give a sh*t about his characters. Yeah, it could be that, too…
File Under: Send me suggestions. What have you read lately?