Ever since I was a little girl, I have absolutely LOVED reading. In fact I learned to read before going to Kindergarten because I didn’t want to wait for my parents to read books to me. Every summer while I was in elementary school, we had to read a certain amount of books. I think it was somewhere in the range of 10-15. If we did so, we got free pizzas from Pizza Hut. Needless to say, I usually always met this goal times four or five. I didn’t read books, I devoured them.
My favorites were The Little House on the Prarie series, anything to do with horses (especially Misty of Chincoteague), The Babysitter’s Club and Boxcar Children series and kind of strangely, anything to do with the Holocaust, especially Number the Stars and Night.
Of course with age comes more responsibility, and people telling you what books you need to read for high school and college classes. For awhile, especially in college, it was hard for me to read for pleasure because I was so saturated with readings for class. But now, I love reading for pleasure. I got a Kindle for Christmas so high Chilean book prices are no longer an obstacle! Here are some books that I’ve recently read (no judging!), followed by a slight review.
1. Help by Kathrynn Stockett. I loved this book. If you haven’t read it, do it. It’s told from the point of view of three women in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, two black maids and one young white woman. It was interesting (and alarming) to find parallels between the book and nanas here in Chile.
2. Blink by Malcom Gladwell. This is non-fiction. A really interesting read about the power of first impressions and split second decision-making. It made me think a lot.
3. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. This is a memoir and kind of “fluffy” reading (good for an airplane or long bus ride). However, I found I could really relate to this book as I started reading it right after a break-up. It provides a good insight into the Mennonite traditions in the U.S. Similar to Eat, Pray, Love but less annoying.
4. The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larson. If you haven’t heard of these books, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Really suspenseful page-turners, not for the faint of heart (lots of violence and gore). I haven’t read the third one in the trilogy yet, but I cheated and saw all the movies, or else I’d probably be shelling out the $11.95 to buy it for my Kindle.
5. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. These are supposedly young-adult novels, but the themes are pretty heavy. Set in a post-apocalyptic future in what used to be the United States. Although it’s noticeable that the writing level is for young adults, these books are addicting and suck you in. I read all three over the course of two weeks, and it only took me so long because I had to work, and put off downloading the second one for about a week so I could actually be productive in other aspects of my life. Maybe I’m just a sucker for future-lit, but I loved these books.
6. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Right after reading The Hunger Games I was itching for more futuristic literature, so I downloaded this book without knowing much about it. I won’t say too much about the plot so as to not give it away, but I really enjoyed it. I will say that at first (because of the author’s name) I thought it was set in Japan, so that caused some confusion at the beginning (it’s set in the U.K.). I think I’ll read The Remains of the Day next (by the same author).
Anyway, what books did you enjoy reading when you were little? What books have you been reading recently?