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I like to read.

by Emma on June 14, 2010

in Books

I like to read. I didn’t always. In fact I didn’t read anymore than I absolutely had too until the middle of sixth grade. Then I fell in love, and it’s a relationship that hasn’t disappointed me yet. Is it creepy to talk about my love for reading in this way.

A little.

Oh well.


Every now and again I like a good murder mystery. And this ranks high on the enjoyable, easy to read and gives you a good feeling scale. Although there wasn’t much mystery and even less murder. In fact, the solving a crime bit is more of a side note to the protagonist’s life. But her life is so charming and so…upper class that it’s fun to read anyway. And there are many references to various philosophers, so I enjoy that as well.


Magical and charming in a sort of across-the-atlantic way. Does that even make sense? The story is almost like a fairy tale or fable that has been reworked into the modern age. And it’s quiet: the setting, the characters,, condition the main character faces. Like watching glass form it is both mesmerizing and terrifying in a way that cannot easily be put into words. I loved it.


The boyfriend loves this author. When he is reading one of David Sedaris’ books I often catch him chuckling out load to himself. So of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. He is a very funny man, who leads a strange and interesting life. His point of view is at once spot on but still that of a quirky outsider. He basically tells stories from his life, I imagine they are all pretty much true and he manages to find the subtle humor in everything. I will be reading another of his books sometime.

So what have you been reading?


Sarah M June 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I can confirm David Sedaris. I have everything by him and it started around sophmore year in highschool…of course if they would have made me read out loud to the class what I was laughing out I would have had a quick kick into detention.
Right now I’m reading the thought-provoking Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, and my next book (a novel) is a finalist for our city’s annual read (called One Book One Lincoln, tons of events/movies/lectures/book clubs to discuss one book, it’s pretty rad :) .
It’s called The Elegance of the Hedgehog, about a small girl who lives in a hotel in France, and her quirky door-lady. I’m excited!
Sarah M

Stephanie June 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I’m the same way when it comes to reading…once I start a really good book, I’m not putting it down until it’s finished! :) I can read for literally hours on end and not get bored.
Right now I’m reading a book called The Education of a Very Young Madam. It’s about a woman who operated an escort service when she was younger. I’ve only read the first few chapters, but so far it’s really good.
Gonna be going to the library in a bit, and will look for some David Sedaris, I’ve wanted to read a book by him for awhile now…thanks for the recommendation!

emma June 14, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Sarah-I have The Elegance of the Hedgehog on hold at the library. Apparently it’s popular, so I have to wait in the hold line for a bit. But I’m even more excited now.

emily June 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

great suggestions, I want to read all of them.

cb June 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

i have read a copy of david sederais books and found myself laughing out loud on a bus full of strangers. he is a great author…if you like his style a local sf author called jennifer traig “devils in the details”…about a jewish girl with OCD…a true story :D right now i am reading inkspell, a triogly fantasy story about characters being read out of books…pretty good but if you really like fantasy try out THE HUNGER GAME… i truly LOVE this trilogy!

Kelile June 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

hmmm those look interesting.
i love reading, but never seem to have a lot of time to. :( right now im finishing up world without end. ill have to check your recommendations out. thanks for sharing!

Martina June 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

i love when you are engulfed in flames!! toooo much :)

Kelley June 16, 2010 at 8:46 am

Thanks for the suggestions! I am currently reading The Friday Night Knitting Club because you were so fond of it and mentioned it here. I’m really enjoying it.

Bridget June 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

very cool. my hubby also loves david sedaris. i’ve been reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Memory-Keeper’s Daughter, and am now working on The Shadow of the Wind

Susan June 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Love David Sedaris. You can also hear snippets of him performing (reading) live his works on NPR’s “This American Life”. Totally awesome.

Julie July 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

David Sedaris and his “Santaland Diaries” from Holidays on Ice is my personal holiday tradition. Celebrate the joyous season with a smattering of sarcasm! Bridget above…I LOVED The Shadow of the Wind. I hope you do too. I’ve almost finished The Thirteenth Tale with about 15 other novels vying for my attention next. Hmm? Who will win? The Elegance of the Hedgehog is in that stack. I do have an Alexander McCall Smith book waiting also. Ugh! I may have to have an early morning book and a late at night book.

bethany hunter January 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Hello there!
I just wanted to suggest that you listen to davids books on cd when on a road trip or put him in your ipod while on a walk or something. his voice is just as strange as his hilarious stories and it totally adds more to the already amazing visuals he creates.

also, if you haven’t read the book ” She’s come undone” by Wally Lamb I highly reccomend it. The best book I have ever read