Thursday, November 30, 2006

I wish there was a Reading Rainbow for adults

I love to read. I have since I was a little girl. I have wonderful memories of being snuggled up in bed reading the Ramona Quimby series. I loved going to the library. I would head straight to the "teen section" and grab as many books as I could carry. I would read at least 1 book a week.

I don't read as much as I use to. I have two things to blame:

Time: This one is self-explanatory. The only time I can get some good reading done is after Sadie has gone to bed.

Book selection: My reasoning for this excuse is that it seems much harder to find good books nowadays. I walk into the library and there is no longer a section that I can immediately go to and find books. The selection is much larger. How am I suppose to know what books are good? I know that sounds lazy but I have started reading many books that seemed like they were going to be good from reading the back but have turned out to be a waste of time.

So I turn to you. I need some help. What are some of your favorite reads? I like mostly anything from biographies to good mysteries. I love inspiring stories and ones that are educational. I miss that feeling of not being able to put a book down so please help me!


Sara said...

Oh, Lindsey! This post is on a subject that is very near and dear to my heart -- for many reasons:

1. I own all but one Ramona book! She was such a funny little character!
2. I also used to read at least one book a week -- usually on Friday nights because there was a time when I didn't have any "hang-out" friends (only school friends).
3. This explains why you are such an engaging writer. I think people who read a lot write well.
4. I also don't read as much as I used to, but I decided to pick one up last week that I had been trying to finish for years. It's A Separate Peace by John Knowles -- kind of a book for guys, though.
5. I don't know what kind of books you like, but I'll recommend the following:

The Chosen by Chaim Potok -- it's about two young Jewish boys.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne -- one of my favorite all-time books, but Hawthorne is a brooding romantic, and I don't know how many people are fans of the Romantic period.
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy -- another romance (in the literary sense, not the Danielle Steele sense)
The Final Solution by Michael Chabon -- this is the only contemporary work I've listed, and it's a short mystery. You could probably finish it in two or three days. Chabon is a very famous name in the literary world right now; he wrote The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
Anything by Jane Austen. I'd start with Pride and Prejudice, though Mansfield Park is my favorite.

That's it for now, I guess. I actually haven't read a lot of recent stuff because . . . well, who knows? But I also know that in college, I was reading a lot of post-modern stuff, which I usually don't like and wouldn't recommend to someone not studying post-modern lit. But if you want to, let me know . . . :)

Someone you should ask about contemporary reading is Cami. She's pretty well-versed in that.

Anonymous said...

My favorite book of all time is Les Miserables. Have you read this? I also liked The Count of Monte Cristo. I have heard The Chosen is a great book, but I haven't read it yet.

Leezy Lindsey said...

Thank you very much ladies! I think I have enough reading material to get me through the winter! I don't like to get out much when there's snow on the ground. Scares me to drive!