Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Reading?

The semester is coming to a close soon (yeah!) and in a conversation with a friend, I realized how little I've been reading for pleasure lately. I'm thinking that I should be reading something I really love as I gear up to read lots and lots of what may be very questionable student writing. Books have been such an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember; it feels weird to realize that this has been so reduced. It makes me kind of sad. I think that one of the reasons I'm bad with directions is that I was always reading in the car. Other children were watching the scenery go by or looking for punch buggies (it was the 80s and pre-Kindle/gaming systems). In the last year or so, I've started books that I didn't finish--that never used to happen. For sure, I don't have time to waste on books that I don't actually want to follow to the end. Still, I used to get lost. I miss that.

So, I want a book that will excite me. I've read two or three that I liked enough to teach. I guess it hasn't been that long since I've fallen in love with words on a page. Come to think of it, there's been a couple of non-fiction ones, too.  I'm hoping that another book will make me want to stay up nights. Tell me: What should I read?


Jess said...

Two books I picked up in the airport last week (of all places) that proved/are proving marvelous:

Julie Otsuka, "The Buddha in the Attic" (very quick read; finished it in one two-hour flight)

Audrey Niffeneger, "Her Fearful Symmetry" (about 1/3 of the way in and it's fascinating)

I also recently read a really good, but rather dense and depressing, Claire Messud novel, "The Last Life." Beautifully written.

Steel Magnolia said...

I'll skip the dense and depressing, but fascinating and quick are just my style! Thanks for responding.