What I’m Reading Right Now

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!

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It’s August!! So… Favorites?

Obviously it’s been August for a few days now… But oh well, here we are. I failed last week so these two favorites are running back to back. Such is life.

1. I learned something new today- one of my oldest friends does not like Mumford and Sons. I think this is fine because the extra love I have for them fills the void and evens out the world. Right? So, not only do I love this song, some of my favorite bros are in the music video!

2. Is it reasonable to say the weather has been my favorite lately? Because it has. It has been IDEAL in DC lately. I think I mentioned it last week, but if summer were always like this it may well be my second favorite season! It’s been my thing to go outside and read and eat everyday on my lunch break. Not being social is also a favorite right now.

3. Bagels. I cannot stop eating them. Everyday. It’s really becoming a problem, I had an egg white omelet this morning in an attempt at healthiness and I deeply regretted not having a bagel for the 4th day in a row. I survived though.

4. Prepare to judge me: My very large dog-pillow-bed. For myself. For reading at home. I am a strange girl. It’s hard to explain. I like to sprawl out when I read.

Favorites of the Week!

1. A friend at work brought this book for another coworker to read today. The coworker she brought it for graciously said she isn’t finished with the series she’s on now and handed it off to me to my delight. I HATED this movie which totally turned me off to reading this book, but after spending my entire evening enthralled in this story (literally, I ate peanut butter and crackers, sat on my couch and read, and drank a glass of wine before I got ready for bed, all while reading- and let’s face it, don’t listen to those crazy people a night spent at home with a good book and delicious wine trumps all other plans) I can’t put it down. I’m about 100 pages away from finishing Something Borrowed and hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be able to hand it back to my coworker to read this weekend. If you’re like me and didn’t enjoy the movie, read the book it’s so SO much better. If you enjoyed the movie, READ A BOOK!

2. Staying on the book trend, I love a good Scotsman, and the fact that he starts the preface or first chapter? of this book talking about my great uncle, Bobby Thompson and the Shot Heard Round the World wasn’t a bad touch. Craig Ferguson’s American by Choice is not only funny, but very intelligent and uplifting actually. Sometimes I hate being American because everyone hates us in return. I love reading an immigrants account of why he made the conscious decision to become a part of our nation and culture. And it’s funny, so I laugh out loud on my bus rides.

3. Everyone will SLAY me for this, but my family is one of my favorites this week. Lame I know. Unrelatable, probably. It was both my parent’s birthday recently, my sister came and visited last weekend, and my brother-in-law is a vigilant carer for my cat and loves updates which I have especially appreciated as we’ve been in recovery. They’ll mostly slay me for the very flattering picture to follow:Image

4. The Backstreet Boys. I was probably in 4th or 5th grade when their rise to popularity began, but it doesn’t make them any less relevant to me. Their self-title album was the first physical compact disc I ever owned. Period. After all these years of developing more refined taste in music I still come back and can’t help but enjoy their music. I particularly enjoy them on really bad days at work, they give me a little pep because it’s a little out of this world to be singing “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” while dealing with all the new babies we need to train at my job.

My sister will grant herself credit for mostly everything in this week’s list, and why not, she has her hand in basically each of these. I’m sorry if this isn’t a very inspired week, it is, after all, 11:21 pm and I should have been sleeping for about an hour now… Damn you, Emily Giffin!