ilona the pest

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

books

i don't know why i've been so bad about posting here lately. i've still been traveling a lot -- five weddings in the last two months! - but mostly i think i'm just lazy, or bored. i suppose it's just a habit, like anything else. you have to cultivate it and then the habit will keep going of its own momentum. once you get in the habit of not-writing it can be awfully challenging to turn it around.

when i am at home, i've been reading a lot more than usual lately. (and watching tv. new shows i am super into: rock of love with bret michaels, top chef, meerkat manor.) i think i have perhaps given up on having a social life, having found, or accepted, that i can find nearly equal satisfaction from books as from people. i also joined my first book club, which i guess contradicts what i just said about giving up on people. i feel like i might find conversation easier & more fun when it's focused on books. our first meeting is in about a week. i am very excited.

books i've read recently:

- The Emperor's Children - i absolutely loved it. the characters were quirky, complex and empath-iz-able (is there a better word for that?), and i felt like i really saw myself in a couple of them. the plot was also so engaging that i couldn't put it down. this was definitely the best contemporary fiction i've read in a long time.

- Stumbling on Happiness - i love pop psychology/science books. cute and charming, although occasionally too cute.

- A Woman in Charge - biography of hillary rodham clinton. i feel like i learned a lot about recent history from reading this, although it was rather a chore to get through it. i feel about her pretty much exactly the same as i did beforehand. maybe i even like her a little less.

- Carry on, Jeeves - my introduction to p.g. wodehouse, at the recommendation of a number of my friends. a delight. yesterday i had to seek out a bookstore just to buy another few jeeves books to satisfy my new addiction.

- The Remains of the Day - i bought this yesterday too, and i'm maybe 2/3 of the way through. (it's pretty short.) it seems very satisfying, although i don't know if i'm jumping up and down about it the way some people seem to. i read Never Let Me Go a while ago, and i can see a lot of similarities between the two, particularly in the languid, reminiscing tone.

3 Comments:

  • At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Doesntreadcrap said…

    You read crap. Hardly anybody reads books, and when you find someone who does, she reads crap.

    I won't be joining your bookclub.

     
  • At 11:12 PM, Blogger jk said…

    re: wodehouse, i love the psmith books the best. psmith is the best character he ever wrote.

     
  • At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i remember all about you and your books. i still blame you for me failing o-chem. if i had to do it all over again, i'd probably do it again. kurt vonnegut changed my life.

     

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