Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What are you Reading?

I used to read a lot and often. Then all of a sudden I started reading little and seldom (even though I was supposed to be reading all day every day - that's what grad school is for, right?).

Anyway, I recently finished three books (all classics):

1. 1984 by George Orwell
This may be the only book I have ever read that does not contain one humorous sentence. Not one. Otherwise, a great book (albeit terrifying - but that was the intent).

2. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I liked Fitzgerald's first novel much better than "The Great Gatsby". He writes beautifully - what an amazing craftsman of prose. Just delightful!

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A charming story about a Spanish shepherd who travels to Egypt in search of treasures, this was an easy read - I finished it in several hours. Written as a tale, this story is full of words of wisdom and various lessons.

What are you reading?


  1. trail of crumbs by kim sunee. memoir. an abandoned 3 year old in a korean marketplace, she is adopted and then later travels europe. it's the story of her love affair with l'occitane founder, olivier bassaun. don't be hungry when you're reading it.

  2. I read 1984 for a college lit class. Ugh.

    I am reading "The Road" by Cormack McCarthy. I just saw the movie and heard the book was better, and it is. I just finished "Julie and Julia". It's a fun read and I loved the movie. I seem to do everything backwards when it comes to books that get made into movies :)

    Thanks for the other recommendations!

  3. Hubby and I bought ourselves a Kindle for Christmas and I haven't got to read on it yet but I have downloaded several "samples" but haven't got to read them either. I am currently reading Dean Koontz's new book "Breathless".