Archive for August, 2010

Reader’s Bliss!

I love the freedom of shamelessly reading several books a week! The freedom to read any genre or author I choose! Being able to enjoy the book, the story, the characters, from cover to cover without having to map out an analysis for another essay……ahhhh bliss!

Well with such bliss comes great rewards….another book review!!!! I was travelling recently, and with no classes, upcoming papers or reading requirements to complete, I strolled into the airport bookstore with my eyes wide open and my wallet in hand. I was ready to spend! Now I must admit, usually the bestsellers do make for good plane reading but sometimes, the titles just do not appeal to me at all. So during this delightful venture, I came across an interesting book. For some reason the name clicked in my mind and I remembered a conversation I had at a wedding just two days ago, when someone pulled out their e-reader to ask me about a book they were reading. Now if you bring your e-reader or any book to a wedding, then it must be a pretty good read. I decided to trust their opinion and picked up a copy for myself. Lets just say I got the book 3 days ago and I finished it yesterday.

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett was the perfect start to my reading binge that will be spanning the next few weeks. I picked up the book simply 3 times and it kept me reading for hours. For those of you, who like me, enjoy books that take you to another time and place (and read with a southern accent in your head), would surely enjoy this one. I don’t want to give away too much, but its a touching story about a group of women in a  small town in 1960s Mississippi, struggling to understand and change the world they live in. I love a book that can take a tough issue like racism and write a story that says what needs to be said without passing judgement or demeaning either side. It’s a skill that many writers do not possess, but Kathryn Stockett has done an exceptional job with it. It may not be in the New Hot Fiction section of your local bookstore yet, but its worth looking for!

The Return….again

Once again I have returned from an unintended hiatus. Yes it was a rather long break but sometimes even a nerd like me has got to put in her bookmark and chill out. I’m still making my way through my Harry Potter adventures and am surprised that it just keeps getting better and better.

I am currently kicking myself everyday for making the brilliant decision to take summer school. Why I torture myself like this? I do not know. However, I have entered a completely foreign territory – 18th century Restoration plays. Yes, it is as awful as it sounds. Well maybe I’m exaggerating. It’s definitely not my cup of tea but it has its amusing points.

To be quite honest, some of the plays I have read have left me blushing and slightly violated. So much for a more innocent and conservative time! People are fornicating with everyone and anyone all over the stage! And I’m pretty sure there was no birth control at this time so the scarlet letter must have been a popular fashion statement! And not to seem prudish, but wasn’t good hygiene also a tremendous feat?

I have entered the world of adultery, incest, and prostitution topped off with some comic dialogue. Definitely not the type of literature I will look back on beyond the duration of this class….