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June and July Books

9 Jul

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You crazy, devoted blog fans out there are surely distressed that I didn’t write a June book club post.

Perhaps the thought has kept you up at night, tossing and turning and sobbing. Maybe you’ve even wondered if I gave up reading altogether and have been praying for me and my literacy.

Never fear, oh dearest blog readers.

June was a month of reading. Was it ever a month of reading.

I reread The Hunger Games series in 24 hours, barely pausing to sleep.

I read all of the Harry Potter books (again) and mourned the end of the 7th book like I’d just experienced a death in the family (again).

Marry me Fred Weasley!

I lost myself in mounds of chick lit. Chick lit not just of the Madeleine Wickham genius-level variety, but good, old-fashioned, girl-meets-boy chick lit. And I asked for more. And more and more.

I have World War Z in my hands right now.

June was a MONTH, guys. A month I hope to look back on one day, when some of these things have worked themselves out, and go, “Well that was a particularly hard time. I’m certainly glad I’m over that, aren’t you, Prince Harry? Also, pass the crumpets.”

You know the type of months I speak of.

When I have months like this I tend to go to my comfort food, my mac and cheese of the literature world.

I’m happy to say that for the month of July I’m tackling Don Quixote, a book on my reading bucket list. A book I’ve likely lied and told you I’ve read, and I won’t apologize for that because I’ve been planning on reading it forever and ever and that’s basically the same thing.

Good riddance, June. No one misses you.

PS: My latest from SheKnows: 5 Things You Should Be Buying at Target Right Now: Shoes. Any guesses which two pairs of shoes from this article I actually own? This writing about Target thing is proving difficult for my bank account…

Once Again To Zelda

15 May

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My favorite page in all of The Great Gatsby is the dedication:

Once Again To Zelda

That sentence just shatters me.

Fitzgerald said of Zelda:

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity and her flaming self respect.  And it’s these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all that she should be…I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.

Sigh.

May Books:

1. A Confederacy of Dunces: John Kennedy Toole

2. Peace Like a River: Leif Anger

3. Madame Bovary: Gustave Flaubert (Thanks, Mindy)

What are you reading this month?

April Books

5 Apr


Oh my goodness.

Oh my goodness.

I just finished A Farewell To Arms.  

Oh my goodness.

I have no words so I’ll just leave you with Bradley Cooper’s out-of-this-world performance and my favorite quote from the book:

“Maybe…you’ll fall in love with me all over again.”
“Hell,” I said, “I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?”
“Yes. I want to ruin you.”
“Good,” I said. “That’s what I want too.”

April Books:

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Prepping myself for Leo, obviously)

2. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

What are you reading this month?

Covered With Scars

15 Mar

“Perhaps we are in this world to search for love, find it and lose it, again and again. With each love we are born anew, and with each love that ends we collect a new wound. I am covered with proud scars.”

Isable Allende, Paula

If I Were Oprah

20 Feb

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Sharing Edith Wharton with George Pepperdine.  I’m bad at posing with statues.

One of my great dreams in life is to run Oprah’s Book Club.

Wouldn’t that be the best job in the world?  Reading.  Discovering new, amazing stories that are sure to become instant best-sellers.  Bringing East of Eden back to the general public.

It’s all so romantical.

Unfortunately, Oprah has not been returning my calls lately.  Nor has she promoted me to Head Of All Book Club Operations And Businesslike Things just yet. Details.

Until that happens I’ve decided to do my own book club of sorts.  To get organized about this reading business.  Taking a leaf from Gretchen Rubin, this year I vowed to read at least three books a month:

  1. A classic
  2. A YA book
  3. An eccentric choice

For January I read:

1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Abridged, all right? Stop hounding me about it.)

2. Unwind by Neal Schusterman

3. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

In February I’m reading:

1. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

2. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

3. Paula by Isabel Allende.

What books are you reading right now?

What’s your favorite book of all time?

Are you good at posing with statues?