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Love: Literature

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For as long as I can remember I’ve loved reading. Whether it was my mom reading Love You Forever to me when I was younger, or those nights I didn’t sleep because ten more pages turned into eight more chapters, books have always been an important part of my life. I mean, if I could be any Disney princess, I would pick Belle just so I could have access to her awesome library. I know, #nerdalert.

But seriously, books are awesome. They can make you want to laugh, cry, or scream out loud—and sometimes all in one sitting. Books can change the world. President Lincoln is said to have told Harriet Beecher Stowe, in response to her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, “so you’re the little lady who started this big war”. To me, it’s absolutely incredible that in a world dictated by technology we still turn to books, albeit on fancy e-readers, but we’re reading nonetheless.

Anyway, I thought I would use this post to share with you some of my favorite reads, so here it goes!

Five favorites reads of 2011(thus far):

  1. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen) I read this book with the intentions of seeing the movie, which actually never happened, but I’m really glad I read the book. If you are looking for a quick read, this is a great option!
  1. Ruined (Lynn Nottage). This play received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, so no doubt it is worth of your time. It’s a very interesting portrayal of gender roles during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Due to the nature of the setting the play features violent and graphic scenes.
  1. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden).
  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Steig Larsson). The start was a bit slow for me, but the rest of the book more than made up for this shortcoming.
  1. “Bullet in the Brain” (Tobias Wolff).

Four favorite authors:

  1. Toni Morrison. I first read Morrison my sophomore year of high school and I haven’t stopped since. I have yet to read something of hers (novel/short story/non-fiction) that I haven’t liked.
  2. Jodi Picoult. 
  3. J.K. Rowling. Need I say more?
  4. Stephanie Vaughn.

Three must-reads this summer:

  1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen). I know, I also think it’s a travesty that I’ve never read this classic but I have purchased it and it’s patiently awaiting my attention.
  2. 100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez).
  3. The Help (Kathryn Stockett).

If you have recommendations, please pass them along!

Happy reading.

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