I’ve made my way through the first three books on this list and I think David Sedaris’ latest collection is next for me. I pin books I’m reading or plan to read here. More books I’ve read here. I plan on reviewing these. What are you reading right now?
James’ sister applied color to my hair while she told me she had just finished a book I would love. I told my mom the title, and before I even had a chance to read the Prologue, my mom had finished the book, emailing me immediately, “You have to read it, you’ll love it, you won’t want to put it down!”
I assigned myself a new reading hour. I assigned it to James, too. Every night, sometime after dinner, around 9pm, we stop. We stop whatever it is that can wait – and we read.
James said the hour could be open to other things. I said what other things? And he said, a game or a project? Does anyone have a boyfriend that loves games as much as mine? I have to hide the catchphrase on him. I said, we’ll see.
So far, the novel is heartbreaking and sad and romantic, and reviews say you’ll want to pick it up as soon as you finish and begin again. Have you read it? What are you reading now?
I recently finished Rockabye: From Wild to Child, a memoir by Rebecca Woolf, one of my favorite bloggers. The book focuses on the transition from her carefree youth to her first, and unexpected pregnancy, all at age 23. I am completely in love with her writing style, she can literally write about salsa in a way that makes me simultaneously laugh and cry, she’s just that good. So, whether the subject matter of this book interests you or not, I highly recommend her as a writer and admire her as a mother.
I finished this audio book, and quickly began another. Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio was one of those books I just wanted to figure out, I’m not even sure I liked it. It’s a mystery that transcends from the 1930s to present day Seattle detailing the lives of two women in heartbreaking situations. I first read a book by Jio last spring, The Violets of March, and was happy when Jenna of Eat Live Run gave a book review on Blackberry Winter in October. I saw it was on sale on Audible so I listened. I absolutely detested the narrator of this book, so I can’t be sure if I would have loved the story a lot more if I gave it my own voice. It was also a really hard topic to read in the wake of Newtown, CT tragedy, so, you know, maybe wait a few weeks if you’re going to read.
I don’t know how it happened, but I’ve become one of those people. You know the type? Those who are obsessed with something on TV to the extent of planning their week around the aforementioned obsession? I was flipping through the channels one night and I heard this captivating voice. Suddenly, I was Googling the girl’s name, to find out she was only 13 (!!!!) Next, I found myself watching endless YouTube videos of her past performances and forcing James to watch them with me. If you’ve seen Carly Rose Sonenclar on Xfactor, then you know why I am so swept up by her talent. I’ve only watched the show for a few weeks, but I have completely fallen in love with this little girl with the giant voice. The finals were last night and the voting is tonight. I FEEL 12 YEARS OLD. I literally texted VOTE for her to win, TWO WEEKS IN A ROW. It’s very uncharacteristic of me to be so into a reality singing show but I can’t help it. I just want her to win! Anyway, I will leave you with her audition (which took place in Providence, RI)! It’s so good.
Your turn. What are you reading, listening to, and being inspired by?