Let's talk books today. As a kid I was a pretty voracious reader, you know the cool kind that stays up past their bedtime with a flashlight under the covers reading and begs their parents to order a ungodly amount of books from their school's book orders. That kind of cool kid. Ha.
But in all sincerity, lately I have been thinking alot about how appreciative I am that I found a love of reading and books as a kid. I think this love of reading came from my Dad, who being a pretty cool cat himself, showed me that it was cool to read. He still churns through books at a pretty unparallelled pace, and as a kid seeing him reading every night in his armchair, made me want to do the same. So I did. And fell in love.
So this week, as I find myself appreciating this love for reading more and more as I get older, I thought I would share some of my recent favorites. What are you reading?
1. Heft, Liz Moore
I absolutely adored this book and actually have started to like it even more since I finished. Heft tells the story of two parallel characters - an extremely overweight recluse professor and 18 year old, want to be Major League baseball player - whose lives cross. It's a great read, surprisingly honest and raw, and tells the story of loneliness and regret of these two, seemingly unconnected men.
2. Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson
My Aunt turned me on to this book and I loved it, even though it should come with a warning not to read in public unless you are comfortable with cringing with noticeable embarrassment (the same kind you feel when you watch Girls) and/or ugly laughing in public. A slight warning, if you are easily offended this book may not be for you, but I though it was hilarious and a great read.
3. Anything by Emily Giffin
When I want a great beach or girly read, I immediately look for the latest Emily Giffin books. My old roommate initially turned me onto these books and I devoured the first three in about two weeks. Since then I am constantly on the look out for her latest work and the newest, Where We Belong, did not disappoint.
4. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Clearly I am way behind on this one, but I finally got around to reading Gone Girl and really loved it. It's fast paced, twisted, full of surprises, and in my opinion has everything that a good mystery/thriller novel should. I just ordered her other two books and can't wait to dive into those as well. I have heard great things about Dark Places.
5. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
This book is a must read in my opinion. The story of two teenagers who fall in love in a cancer support group. It won Time Magazine's Fiction Book of the Year. Just one warning, read this book at home. There will be tears, probably lots of them if you are anything like me.
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