Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Fun: Books! Check 'Em Out!

(Surely anyone who lived through the '90s can dredge up a memory of this PSA from the darkest recesses of his or her mind.)

  • It's Labor Day weekend, and you know what that means: time to read trashy books! Here's a list of 40 awful books to read before you die. I've only read a few of them, including Peyton Place and The Stepford Wives, and I'm not sure how trustworthy this list is overall. Some of the books sound so bad they're just plain bad (anything Danielle Steel has ever written or thought about writing), some sound boring (trash should never be boring), and some aren't really trash at all--Lady Chatterley's Lover, anyone? But one can pick and choose and get ideas. For example, I can't promise I'll never check Lace out of the library. (I'm totally looking for Lace next time I go to the library.)
  • I just read, in one night, the best novel I expect to read all year: Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell. It's the tenderly written story of two likable high school misfits who fall passionately, heartbreakingly in love. It's funny, perfectly paced, and impossible to put down. But--and this is a major but--the ending may make you want to throw the book against the wall. Read it anyway, but just know that if the ending bothers you, you're not alone.
  • I'm getting close to finishing a book I mentioned many moons ago, The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and her Family. I put it aside for months, but now I don't want to put it down.
  • The next novel on the docket is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I've, um, never read it.
  • Sometime soon I need to get back to ...And Ladies of the Club, but it's about a million pages long and is off to a slow start--you know, the kind of start where you're not sure why you should care about the characters. I'll plug away a bit longer to see if it draws me in, and if not? Well, I've never been one to finish a book I don't care to finish when I'm reading for fun. I figure my job is to read every word of the documents I edit and proofread, so when I'm off the clock, I read how I want to read. (So there.)

What's the best book you've read this year?