I have always been a voracious reader, but when I was an adult (which makes it sound like I am no longer one), socializing, work and later, kid, took precedence over finding something to read before I went to bed. I did eventually join a book club, as one did in those days, but that was a crap shoot, really, never knowing if what someone else was choosing for that month was going to be a da bomb or a dud.
I had seen the Young Adult section at the bookstore, but wrote it off completely thinking that it was going to be a bunch of books that would be too young for me or not very compelling.
So what did I read in those dark, aimless days that kept me from giving up reading completely?
- I know you all are sick to death of it, but I have to start with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I read it annually.
- A friend and I took a trip to Florida and we went into a bookstore (sounds like the beginning of a joke). Nutsy crazy Florida original Carl Hiaasen had signed some of his books. Being a hardback kinda gal, I went for his new (at the time) book and was introduced to some crazy sh*t. Thanks, Native Tongue. You will never look at dolphins the same way ever again.
- Who didn’t read this book when it came out in 1991? Me and all my friends read Generation X by Douglas Coupland like it was the Bible for the 90s.
- PBS showed a series that were adapted from books. My husband and I both devoured Tales from the City by Armistead Maupin.
- We lived in South Africa for a brief time, and I read a lot while there. My daughter was still napping, and there wasn’t much on TV. We frequented a bookstore where I immersed myself into British Chick Lit. Any book by Melissa Nathan is good, but (guess what) Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field is my favorite.
- I have read just about everything by David Sedaris, but Me Talk Pretty One Day is the best. Actually, the best is hearing him read is own stuff. Heaven.
- Another author that I would read anytime, anywhere is Bill Bryson. I am particularly fond of his book about Australia called Down Under. I think it is called In a Sunburned Country in the US, but we have a copy from the UK.
- Re. Harry Potter: I toyed with the idea of making the whole series seven of my top ten, but didn’t want to look like I was copping out. But seriously, they are.
- Another book that shoved me hard back into reading was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I had seen Clockwork Prince at the bookstore, and while I was on the waiting list for Clockwork Angel, I read City of Bones. Thank you, Cassie, for both wonderful series.
- I have to give a nod to Twilight as another blogger has done. If I hadn’t finally given in, I don’t think I would have found myself on this Young Adult book-reading frenzy.
What’d you read?