Well, not right now, but you get the idea. At any point in time I am usually in the process of reading 3 books. Right now I’m reading 5. I don’t have a short attention span, I just get so involved in the books I read that I tend to search for a pick me up somewhere else. Or, the most reasonable excuse, is that I’m searching for as many qualities as possible all in one book at once, which is nearly impossible. I feel that my current reading list will shed light on what I’m very inaccurately trying to type out here. Thus, we dive into the list.
The Paris Wife
I picked this up as my first borrow from the library a few weeks ago. If I’m honest with you, I didn’t do much research about this particular book before I chose it. I was under the impression it was something different… But this book is a fictional account of Earnest Hemingway’s relationship with his first wife. To understand what an interesting choice this is for me I will give you this very important detail: I’m not a big fan of Hemingway. I do, however, like Paris! And a good love story, especially one that ends in scandal.
A Storm of Swords
This is taking me a ridiculous amount of time to read. I always get stuck when the chapters about Jon Snow come up. It’s amazing to me that someone who is so beautiful to watch on screen is so boring to read. Then again, it’s not as if Kitt Harrington is acting out the scenes in the actual books. I just need to finish before season 4 begins because watching a season and then reading the book is a real drag with Game of Thrones. I do love the series and highly recommend them if you hate getting attached to characters and love plot twists.
Never Have I Ever: My Live (So Far) Without a Date
Katie Heaney (who also spent her formative years in the great state of Minnesota) wrote a book about my romantic life by writing a book about her romantic life. That was a really terrible way of saying that I have found a kindred soul in this book. It’s not that the opportunity hasn’t arisen, I’ve just never taken it. It’s nice to hear about someone with the same problem. The best books are those we relate to on a deeper level- like rallying around each other’s ineptitude in the dating world.
Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
I really like J.D. Salinger. After John Steinbeck he may be my favorite author. I just get his kind of sadness and the complexity of his characters. I don’t mean that to sound conceited, it’s more about the fact that I relate to these really weird, sad people he writes about. This book is no exception compared to the rest of his collection. It’s odd how large of a role Seymour plays in his writing since he’s featured in 3 different Salinger novels. I’ll be honest, I haven’t even reached the “Seymour: An Introduction” portion yet, but this is really comparable to any of his other books.
The Divergent Series
I realize this is a “Young Adult” genre choice. I need to stop making this choice for myself, it always ends up as a 3 day obsession with finishing the books and then heartbreak. So when day 3 rolled around this time and things weren’t panning out how I wanted them to in Allegiant (the final book of the series) I decided to Wikipedia the end of the series to alleviate some stress and hopefully make the last half of the book easier. It didn’t. I have no intention of finishing the final book. This is a normal practice of mine, I like knowing the end of a story so it’s easier to push through the annoying and frustrating parts to read (like I said, I get really involved in the story line and characters when I read). I correctly predicted the plot twist of the series and everything after that became really obnoxious for me to read. That being said, the first book will suck you in with character and world development and the second book let’s the plot take the mainstage. I can’t give you an accurate explanation of the last book because I hated it. It was like reading Mockingjay of the Hunger Games, but multiplied by 10.
I am also less actively reading Mere Christianity and Stardust as familiar books in between bouts of reading new books. I keep a really confusing reading pattern, but it at least promises that in a few months I will have another short list of books!