Reading Is for Awesome People

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, which has been SO good for my soul. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been so great for the laundry and dishes that have been piling up, but oh well. Everybody needs a break from reality from time to time, and reading is mine. Anyway, in spite of Mt. Laundry, I’m still awesome, which I happen to know because my equally awesome sister says so. She even has it on a shirt, just like this one:

(Isn’t that the greatest shirt ever? You can get one for yourself or your own awesome sister friend at NerdyShirts.com.) ūüôā

I thought I’d share with you my latest adventures in reading, which of late¬†have taken me from a 11 foot square room, to the distant future, and back to the Middle Ages. It’s so cool that just by opening a book, your mind can journey anywhere imaginable. LOVE IT!!!!

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
If you know me, you know that 9 times out of 10, I’ll choose historical fiction. But this one was a book club selection, and while it doesn’t quite fit that genre, I’m awfully glad I read it. The book is about a mother¬†and child who¬†are¬†forced to live¬†in an 11′ x 11′ room, and it was absolutely fascinating. The story¬†is told from the perspective of the five year old boy, and it was so interesting to take in this story, with all its ups and downs, through the eyes of a child. I hesitate to share too much of the plot as not to ruin the plot for you, but I will say that this book was a page turner, and I would highly recommend it!

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay
This was MY most recent book club choice, recommended to me by¬†my amazing photographer friend, Tina of Tina LeAnn Photography. It’s set in modern day Paris, and tells the story of Julia, an American expatriate whose life becomes intertwined with the story of a 10 year old girl who lived in Occupied France during the time of the 1942 Velodrome D’Hiver roundup and deportation¬†of thousands of Jewish families. This book moved me deeply, and I am sure that it will remain with me for a very, very long time.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Okay, I know…I’m a little late on this one.¬†It seems like everyone else in the world has already read this trilogy, but if you’re one of those who for some reason was living under a rock (like my former self), get¬† to your nearest book store or download these to your Kindle tout de suite. You will not be disappointed!¬†The trilogy takes place in the future, when the world as we know it has been destroyed, and in its place is Panem, a land made up of thirteen “districts” and the Capitol city. As the stage is set, we learn that in the past, the districts unsuccessfully revolted against the Capitol, and as a reminder of the Capitol’s superiority, each district is required to send two “tributes” — one boy and one girl — to participate in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are all about survival of the fittest; there can only be ONE survivor. And from there, the story begins. I know it sounds grim, and it is, but these books are seriously amazing, entertaining, and thought provoking. LOVED THEM!!!

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
I LOVED burying my nose in this book,¬†which is set in 12th century England, and centers around the building of the cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. It’s got everything you could want in a novel —¬†the theme of¬†good versus evil…romance…war. An amazingly good read, and while I’m probably no better for having read it (I can’t say that I’ve been profoundly changed for having read it, like I’d be willing to say of the other books I’ve discussed in this post), I was amply entertained and am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Follett’s work.

So, my reader friends and fellow AWESOME PEOPLE…if you’ve read any of these books, I’d love it if you’d share your thoughts in the comments! And definitely feel free to leave a comment with some of YOUR favorite reads…I’m always on the lookout for a good book!

Cheers!

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