I’ve been reading a lot more than usual the past few months, and I’m not sure exactly why. I love the feeling of finishing a book, it’s such an accomplishment. Then after I finish I just can’t wait to start a new one! I’ve done a little rereading too which speeds up the reading process. Hopefully this reading high keeps on going, I’ve got a lot of books on my list! I thought I’d share with you a little about the books I’m reading and hopefully inspire you!
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
I’ll admit right away that I like dark books about bad things. I think most people kind of feel that way. After all, it’s more thrilling and more of a different world than our everyday lives. Anyway. We Need to Talk About Kevin is written from the perspective of a mom whose son is a teenage murderer or ‘Columbine Kid’. The book is written is series of letters from the mom to her husband. I love stories written like this (which we’ll talk more about later). While it’s a dark subject, it is presented much more lightly than you’d expect (except for the ending). It’s like a look inside the life of a psychopath, and come on, how could you not love that.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
One of my all time favorite books, I always end up rereading it every few years. I’m sure you’ve all seen the movie, and if you liked it, you have to do yourself (and the book world) a favor and read the book! It’s actually a novella, like a short story. It’s a little over 100 pages so you can read it in a day or two easily! I love the whole story and LOVE Truman Capote’s writing. The copy I have also has a few short stories in the back which are all quite interesting as well.
Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook
I’ve had a big interest in reading books about agriculture, farming, and that type of stuff for a few years now. After reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I was amazed by how much I didn’t know and knew I needed to learn more! I finally got around to reading Tomatoland (it’d been on my shelf for ages) and DAMN the tomato world is interesting! Most tomatoes are picked slaves! Pesticides used on plants are causing workers to have birth defects! Tomatoes are hard and green when picked, not ripe and red and juicy! You’ll never look at a tomato the same again.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I was trying to decide what to read, and noticed ‘Perks’ (as I call it) sitting on the shelf. I’ve read this book maybe…10 times? It’d been SO long since I last read it, and it was just as good as I remember. The book focuses on the world of Charlie, a freshmen in high school. It’s written in letters which I mentioned loving earlier. When I was a teenager I felt such a connection to Charlie even though we really had nothing in coming. There’s something about all that teenage confusion I love. It’s such a quick read, but yet so heavy. I just want to give Charlie a hug all the time.