Friday, August 28, 2009

Speed Read

I've been on a reading kick lately. When I was little, I would read for hours while sitting under out kitchen table. I remember loving Anastasia, anything by Judy Blume and every series of Sweet Valley imagined. I blame high school for halting my reading. I always knew I should be reading what was assigned, but I just couldn't force myself to trudge through such boring atrocities (Flannery O'Connor, I am staring real hard at YOU!).

When I was a lifeguard for every summer during college, I finally found the time to devote to books again. There's nothing better to a lifeguard than a clap of thunder and a jolt of lightning and I can't tell you how many times we all sat around in lounge chairs reading all day long. We would set them up under the pavilion, snuggle up in towels, and all read. I miss those days!*

Grad school a few years ago once again halted my reading. I think I spent any free time I had frantically writing papers. And any other time was spent commuting all over the place or sleeping.

Anyway, so like running or swimming, the more you read, the fast you get. I've flown through a few books recently and I'd like to report on them now:

+ In The Woods by Tana French

+ Uglies, Pretties, and Specials (3 different books) by Scott Westerfield

+ Gone by Michael Grant

+ Dead And gone by Charlaine Harris

+ The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

+ Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

+ Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins

+ The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

What have YOU read lately? Any auggestions?


*Errr, but remind me one day to write about my coworkers, some of whom turned out to be extreme cunts.

1 comment:

Serena said...

Reading keeps me sane on my commute. One thing that I've noticed as I've gotten older is that I can rarely tolerate not getting into a book immediately. It's funny how we all go through periods of reading a ton and then kind of turning away from it.