According to my fun gauge, I rate books higher than television but lower than movies and going online. But lately, I’ve been really into reading. It might be because I finished my mammoth book of short stories by Roald Dahl. Every book that I’ve read since, just flew by. Maybe they weren’t as dense? Or maybe I enjoyed them more? Or maybe it was because they were shorter. Either way, I’ve been reading a lot lately and it feels pretty weird.
One book that I recently finished is Half Broke Horses which is a prequel to the book The Glass Castle. If you haven’t read the latter, I suggest that you do. I don’t remember it as clearly as I should because I read it years ago. But do I remember that it was good. What a professional review I just gave. The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls. Her life was anything but ordinary and it’s an amazing read. Half Broke Horses is about Jeannette’s grandmother’s life. It really helps those interested to connect the dots in her family and clarifies why certain members act like they do. The book alone is a great story, but having the background information on the family makes it even better.
After that, I read A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard. I’d be lying if I said I had a good time reading it. It’s almost as if I entered a depressed state. Maybe because Jaycee was kidnapped at age 11 and I couldn’t help comparing myself to her, thinking about what I would’ve done if I was in her place. How would I survive? Would I eventually escape? It’s a great book if you want to know the details of what really happened in Jaycee’s own words. This sad but true story will definitely captivate you.
Right now I’m trying to finish the book Naked by David Sedaris. I hadn’t read any of his work previous to this book, which is odd because he’s a very popular writer. Even though it doesn’t say it on the cover of the book, this is a memoir. New York Times described it as “SIDESPLITTING”. All right New York Times, calm down. I’ve cracked a smile here or there but I haven’t chuckled. And I definitely haven’t split my sides laughing. But I do have to admit (and I hate admitting this) that Mr. Sedaris is pretty funny. I like the way he writes, the way he describes the members of his family. It’s a colorful book that’s definitely not a bore. So far so good!
If you haven’t heard of the site Goodreads.com, you should sign yourself up right now. If you like reading, that is. It’s a great way to keep track and rate the books that you have read, make lists of books that you want to read and get recommendations from friends or other people who like the same books as you. They have every book from Good Night Moon to The Scarlet Letter (I gave that 1 star by the way) and everything in between. Enjoy!