Since finishing my grad school courses and my summer internship, I have had time to read for pleasure again! It is the goal and the dream, my friends. One of them, anyway.
This is what I’ve been working through for the past few weeks:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a re-read for me. This photo doesn’t show the truly beaten-up jacket, but I must have read that thing ten times in grade 12, and I passed this very copy around to many friends and relations. It spread like wildfire in my school that year, among the best of us, anyway (I speak as a book snob, momentarily). I skimmed it again recently in preparation for seeing the movie (which, I am happy to say, honoured the book rather well).
Somehow I never read A Wrinkle In Time as a kid. How did that happen? It lauds physics and faith at the same time (among other precious things)! Now I want to read the whole quintet, of course. (Here I come, library website, to put holds on many books….)
I also finally got around to The Book of Negroes. The author, Lawrence Hill, read some of this work to my fourth-year CanLit seminar when I did my undergrad. It was a work in progress at the time, and it has been on the back burner of my reading list (to mix metaphors) for quite a while. Worth waiting for — but if you don’t have to wait, then don’t.
Speaking of CanLit, I read The Sisters Brothers, which won the GG (Governor General’s award) in 2011, and, maybe more importantly, has that cool cover design that I keep seeing everywhere. It turned out to be a simultaneously jolly and macabre romp, with as clear a narrative voice as I have read in years. That voice, I tell you. Worth reading for.
My Kobo needs charging, otherwise you’d also see Paris Talks, a collection of short talks given by ’Abdu’l-Bahá in 1912. I’ve been reading this great book of short talks with a group that meets each week (join us if you’re in Vancouver and it sounds interesting to you!). It has proven a great way to ensure that meaningful conversations happen regularly in my life, and that is a goal we should all strive for. (Paris Talks is available as a non-pirated, free ebook! Or you can read the full text online.)
As for Skinny Bitch, it took me a couple of hours, and it was a fun (if very irreverent) vegan rant. Remember how bad refined sugar is for you? And meat? If you want to remember, this is the book for you.
And I just started The Casual Vacancy a couple of days ago, so no spoilers allowed!
What are YOU reading right now? Is it great? Why? I want to know.