I don't know if you can call reading a hobby or a passion or what exactly but I do adore a good novel. In fact among my list of top 5 most desirable occupations, librarian comes in at number 4. (In case you are curious: 1. Actress 2. Lawyer 3. Writer 4. Librarian 5. Philosophy Professor) And this month I have been on a good books streak it seems like. Here is my last month in review:
Nick Hornby has a number of novels that have been turned into movies. And many of them are movies that I truly adore-so I thought it was high time I checked him out. And I was not disappointed.
This book was never on my radar, and I have not yet gotten a chance to see the movie. In fact I was just browsing for another book that I couldn't find, and I need a book because I was about to have some forced down time (my day job requires waiting around) so I just sort of stumbled on to this book. And I thought I would either love it or never finish it. I finished it in under a week-so good!
Neil Gaiman won the 2009 Newbery Award for this book. And he totally deserved it. I actually read this with the fifth-grade student I tutor. We used it to identify common literary devices. But it turned out to be a really good read. I highly recommend it for young readers and older-its like a Harry Potter type reading level.
This past year I read my first Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. And I really fell in love with her writing. This novel is actually one of her first although it was never published during her lifetime (thank you, informative book sleeve;) It was very good, not as good as P&P but definitely worth the read.
I am currently about 2/3 through this book. It's rather short so I expect to be done tonight or tomorrow. It's really more like two short stories that sort of intertwine. It has been a long time since I read Catcher in the Rye (same author) but from what I remember I would say it is sort of similar in how the characters are almost outsiders to their own world, which gives them a truly honest insight on life and its struggles. I am really enjoying this book.
What have you read lately? I really do appreciate a good recommendation. And if any of you are on goodreads.com you can find me here.