Thursday, January 27, 2011

reading...books.

So, I don't read a lot, besides blogs. I blame it on the world we live in and the ability to be stimulated from the television, computer, and iPhone all at once. With a book, you really have to focus on that alone. While I don't do as much reading as I would sometimes like, when I do read, I read books FAST, and I usually have trouble putting them down.

I have a kindle {seen here with a dead battery...make sense?}. I currently have Room by Emma Donoghue on it; the next page button hasn't been turned in quite some time. Don't take it as a judge of the book. I only got about half a chapter into it when I bought it.

The reason I'm writing about books, though, is because I've been thinking about picking one up again soon. It also got me thinking about my favorite books, and it made me want to share. The book that has made me think of reading again is Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It's a Young Adult book, but it has been making its way quite rapidly around the blogger world. I talked with my best friend at work about it (who teaches middle school English), and she about fell in the floor about how good it is. She also brought it to me, and my school is doing a reading contest on it next month (they let teachers participate in the reading contests so that kids see that we read too). I'm thinking I'll start (and probably finish) this weekend. I'll let you know what I think.


My favorite book of all time is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. Excuse me while I take a sip of tea with my pinky in the air.
 But really, from someone who doesn't read much, and who doesn't read classics ever, you have to read this book. It is without any doubt absolutely and insanely amazing. The movie is terrible. The book is beautiful. I read it a long time ago, and I literally would stay up so late and read so much that my eyes hurt and I would have to close them and take a break after each page. I read it in four days. Do you understand that the print is about a size 7 font? It didn't stop me. The story line twists and turns and revenge is gotten and in the end every intricate detail is resolved. 

Worst book review ever. I don't remember all the details, but I promise it's worth your time. Have you read it? Have you read other classics that you would sing about? I might actually sing about this one. I want others so that my song isn't always the same. 

A few other recent loves:

You've probably heard people tell you to read this book if you haven't. Add me to that list.

Makes you think about what is important in life and what isn't.
I mean...cooking and blogging. Need I say more? The movie was meh. I read this before the movie came out, which was a while ago, but I really loved it.
One book that I was recommended recently that I read and wasn't that fond of:
It was unsettling. It made me uncomfortable and in the end didn't teach me a life-long lesson. Have you read it? What did you think? Did I miss a deeper meaning?

I would love book recommendations if you're a reader. I would love to hear what you love or where you get your ideas for your next to read book. 

Also, enter my giveaway! There's a bunch of ways to win, and the gettin's good!

2 comments:

Kelly said...

The Hunger Games trilogy is AMAZING!! One of my FAVES :-D And I loved The Help as well (can't wait for that movie!!) Have you read Water for Elephants? It's another one of my recent faves.

Claire Kiefer said...

Ooooh I love this post. Hunger Games was SO GOOD. I haven't read The Help, but I've heard everyone rave about it. I need to read more contemporary novels, but I'm a teacher too and you know how hard it can be to keep up with reading during the school year--I have to read so much for curriculum planning that sometimes all I want to do when I get home is watch Jersey Shore. ;)

Some of my faves: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.