Monday, September 22, 2014
What's The Best Book You've Read Lately?
Yesterday, I spent the dreamiest afternoon just snuggling up on our couch in the living room under a thick, white comforter and reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which Justine passed on to me. It was blissful.
After last weekend's whirlwind trip to New York and next weekend's departure to Sicily, all I wanted to do was just curl up and be a homebody for once! I made myself a cup of tea and kept some snacks next to me so that I could fully indulge in a big, fat reading afternoon. It was so nice! I read until it was dark outside and John came in to turn some lights on - he found me in the same position I had been in four hours ago.
When I was a child, I devoured books from the library like they were candy. I read so much and so often, that my eyesight worsened when I was 8 and I had to wear glasses by the time I was 9. In college, I majored in English and brought all my favorite books from home to place on my dorm room bookshelf because I found it comforting.
As an adult, though, I'm having a lot of trouble a) finding the time to read and b) discovering new books that I like. This may sound ridiculous, since I've worked in book publishing for over seven years now, and follow a lot of bookish types on Twitter. I own a Kindle and my shelves are full of books I haven't read yet. In fact, I'm constantly getting recommendations from friends, but a good book still seems hard to come by. I even joined a book club a few years ago but soon discovered that it really wasn't for me.
So I'm curious: what are you reading right now? Are you loving it? I'm nearly half-way through Americanah and am completely in awe of Adichie's writing. It's beautiful, personal, raw, and evocative. I'll let you know what I think of it when I'm finished!
p.s. an example of a book I loved.