Since I've been out of college, I've not only had more time to read, but more time to enjoy reading, especially in the summertime. There's no rush to a paper deadline, no stress over finding the hidden meaning in something seemingly arbitrary like an apple core, and best of all -- I can appreciate the writing because I'm not forcefully dissecting it.
My dad, who has always made sure I have a book on my night stand, sent me an email a few weeks ago telling me I should begin writing my memoirs now while I'm young and my short life is fresh in my mind. "Pish, posh, Father," I said, "I don't have the patience or the energy to write a book. This is why I blog." But I can certainly appreciate and look on in awe at those who do.
Whenever I'm on the hunt for a fresh read, I always make an effort to choose at least one book that I should have read years ago, or that friends of mine read in high school or for college classes that I never did. I didn't read Jane Eyre and The Old Man and the Sea until last summer, for example. In the end, I figure if a teacher finds a book that's worth spending several weeks discussing, it's got to have some value to my reading it.
I'm also hesitant to go back and reread books -- even some of my absolute favorites -- because I know the number of good ones I haven't read greatly outweigh the ones on my shelf. Although, I am dying to give Watership Down another try because I'm sure I'll find it much more fascinating now than when I read it in 7th grade.
With that in mind, and a week of lazy beach sitting in store for me all next week, Tad and I headed to our local Borders on Sunday. Thanks to the "buy 4 get the 5th book free!" special, I went book crazy and chose two "school" books, two 'fairly' recent NYTimes bestsellers and a old murder mystery, none of which I have read yet:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Atonement by Ian McEwan
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
I've started off with Life of Pi. If you have any reading suggestions for me, by all means send me a list. I tend to lean towards fiction as my genre of choice and I get wrapped up in novels about art, history and culture, but I'm open to other options. Especially if it comes teacher recommended.
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