I am caught up in great writing right now (well, that and suede, but that’s another story). I am reading two astonishingly good books right now, and I just can’t get enough. I can’t get enough of bookstores either, so thank goodness San Francisco is a place that still has a lot of bookstores. In fact, I brought both my kids to the bookstore yesterday, and sharing that experience with them brought me a serious jolt of happiness. I hope they love books as much as I do when they grow up (even if they’re reading them in hologram form, or something, by that time).
I love a great book. Little joys me more than being knee deep in an awesome book and having that dichotomous experience of not wanting it to end and needing to know where all the characters are when the last page is turned. And, knowing how many wonderful books out there and how little free time there is in my life these days, I can’t bear reading an book I don’t really like on some level (be it the great writing, the interesting story, the unforgettable characters. . . there’s gotta be something I love, or forget it. I’ll just put it down and wait till the fancy strikes to read something else).
And right now I’m reading two great books. Two books I love enough to finish (even though I’m into both of them and it’d probably be easier to leave one behind and simply focus on one).
They are awesome and quite different. One is called I’ll Give You the Sun (which I featured here), and it’s a novel about Jude and Noah, fraternal twins (Jude is a girl, and Noah a boy) who are in their teens and whose lives are anything but boring. Both are artists and are highly influenced by their artistic mother. The story twists and turns, and I’m not yet finished with it. But the writing is incredible. In particular, some of the descriptions of the interior lives of teenagers (and their mercurial emotions) is so stunning, vivid, and real, that it makes me jealous of the skills of the writer, Jandy Nelson. It’s the kind of book that I find myself making time for. Because I can’t wait to see what happens next.
And I’m also reading The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan. It’s been on my shelf for years, and I’ve wanted to read it for a long time. It came back to my attention in the bookstore yesterday, and now I can’t put it down. It’s the true story of Corrigan’s life and family, and describes what she calls the “middle place,” which she describes as “that sliver of time where childhood and parenthood overlap.” Her writing, too, is so vivid and real that it feels like you’re talking to a friend. I can’t wait to find out how the unexpected dramas of her life turn out.
So, I’ve got to get back to reading. . . . Have you read any great books lately? Please share! I love having a stack of recommended books waiting for me.