I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s because both my parents were educators, because they read to me as a child, or because I love hanging out at bookstores and libraries, but my first word was “book.”
Like you, I read to my (almost) three year old everyday. Several times a day. Sadly, aside from childrenâ€™s books, parenting reference guides, blogs and the occasional online news article, I havenâ€™t done much leisure reading since he was born. I love reading and I miss it very much. There is nothing better than getting lost in a good book.
Books can transport you to another place and time and introduce you to interesting characters that you don’t normally encounter in your day-to-day life. Reading is relaxing, especially when hours have passed and I don’t even realize it because I’m so enthralled in a good book. Sitting quietly with a juicy epic is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Love her or hate her, I believe Oprah Winfrey single-handedly got our nation reading again when she established her book club in 1996. I have read almost all of her selections. Nowadays, since I don’t have a lot of free time to read, every book I pick up has to be worth my precious time.
So, where is a busy mom to find her next great read? I get a lot of my book recommendations from friends and to be honest, People magazine.
You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, which I read and thought was complete crap, but good good crap.
You’re probably not a blogger if you haven’t heard of Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood; The Good, The Bad, and the Scary by Jill Smokler or Letâ€™s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson. Both are terrific and you don’t have to be a blogger to identify. Read Debra Cruz’s reviews here.
The Hunger Games movie adaptation came out this past March and while I have tried several times to read the first book in this trilogy, I just can’t seem to get into it, so on my nightstand it still sits.
Right now I’m reading Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love byÂ Matt Logelin, who I first read about in People. This is another blog to book and it is bittersweet.
27 hours after giving birth to their daughter, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward — to make a life for Maddy.
In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz’s legacy, heartache has become solace.
Next up is John Irving’s In One Person, which I am so excited to start. I’ve love Irvine since I read A Widow for One Year after seeing the movie and knowing there was way more to to the story. Boy, was I right!
A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled loveâ€”tormented, funny, and affectingâ€”and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a â€œsexual suspect,â€ a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of â€œterminal cases,â€ The World According to Garp.
His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irvingâ€™s In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billyâ€™s friends and loversâ€”a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself â€œworthwhile.â€
What are you reading (and recommending) these days?