Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Good Reads

Unlike the majority of my sisters and my mom, I'm not a huge reader. I wish I were, but I think the combination of my ADHD and can't-sit-stillness (and perhaps a touch of laziness) isn't really conducive to reading. When I find a book I like, though, I can't seem to put it down. Over the last year, some favorites have been The Memory Keeper's Daughter and A Thousand Splendid Suns (prompting me to put The Kite Runner and, now, And the Mountains Echoed on my long-running list of "To Read's").

Embarrassingly, the last book I read was while I was in Amsterdam (over six months ago, whaaaat?!). Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris came highly recommended from my sister Susie, a reader extraordinaire who has developed quite a talent in finding novels for me. I absolutely loved this book and kept finding myself laughing out loud on the planes and trains (i.e. places that exude perfect reading conditions). David Sedaris might be my new favorite writer. The way he tells stories is so captivating and I only hope that by reading more and more of his essays, I might come to laugh a bit harder and write a bit better.

In preparation for an out of town wedding with Ryan this weekend, I ran into Barnes and Noble* and picked up his latest book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. While Ryan's tending to groomsman duties, I'll no doubt be poolside, laughing by myself.

I'd love to hear, what are you reading these days?

*It was not a "run in and grab one book" kind of trip. I couldn't help myself and also picked up two coffee table books: The Flower Recipe Book (for creating the most beautiful flower arrangements...hopefully) and Vintage Jewelry Design (which I consider an educational piece should I ever get into estate sale shopping).


  1. I am reading FIFTEEN books this summer for an adolescent lit class. I have to write reviews of each. 15 is a crazy number, but I got some pretty awesome reads such as, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Glass Castle, and The Graveyard Book.

    Also, I typically listen to audio books when I am walking or driving- so I guess that counts as reading!

    1. Holy reading list! It would be hard for me to read 15 books in a year...or two, if I'm being perfectly honest :)

      Let me know if any are particularly good!

  2. I indulged at a bookstore yesterday. Normally I try to avoid them (I lose control of my wallet when I'm near books) but I wandered into this indie bookshop in Toco Hills and I just couldn't help myself. I got the new Lemony Snicket book, "Who Could That Be At This Hour?" and Dara Horn's "The World to Come."

    I'm dying to read "Diabetes with Owls." Tell us how it is!

    1. So I haven't finished it. I'm a little over halfway through. It's just ok - I want to finish it, but it definitely is not as good as Dress Your Kids!