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8/11/08

conundrum

Alternate Title- Yet another reason my relationship with Westy has been so rocky.

My father, who is a medical malpractice attorney (If you are a conservative, and/or the sort that truly hates that type of attorney, you may freak out about the evil profession for four minutes. Then you must move on.)

Anyway, one day my father admitted to me that he hated reading. My English major father, hated reading! I was shocked! He explained that he read all day, and by the time he got home he just didn't have the mental capacity to read recreationally.

I thought to myself "Okay, fine. But I will never be that way." I completed college with a major in History, and a minor in English Lit., two of the most reading-intensive studies offered. I still loved reading.

However, now that I have completed my first semester of Grad School, where I read and read and read about classroom management and learning theory, I can safely say I have developed a similar aversion to reading-on-my-own time.

If this were an episode of Grey's Anatomy I would be the patient rushed in from an accident, flat-lining until Izzie stopped making-out with someone to put those electric paddle things on my chest to revive me.

I am flat-lining as a book-nerd. You, internet audience, must save me.

I need a list of good books to read. I do not want self-help motivational literature. I do not want anything dire and depressing (Remember, in a few weeks I will return to my regimen of reading about social inequality in schools, as well as learning disabilities.) I want something good, yet entertaining, or so bad that it therefore becomes entertaining.

What are you reading? Stop making out with George and tell me.

PS I like YA fiction, but please nothing of the Stephenie Meyer variety. Been there, done that, felt ashamed that I had done that, and moved on.

21 comments:

mommy dearest said...

A Brief History of the Dead. Really not depressing, I promise.
A Year of Wonders. Really depressing, but worth the emotional angst.

Jessica said...

I recommend Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series: Magyk, Flyte, Physik, and Queste. They're YA fantasy--fun, light, amusing, and no sparkling vampires.

Emily said...

the life of pi -- http://www.amazon.com/Life-Pi-Yann-Martel/dp/0156027321

awesome book - not depressing in the least...makes you think, but not too much. ;)

trublubyu said...

you MUST read "book of a thousand days" by shannon hale. if you haven't already. great read.

Marianna & Trevor Eckman said...

try the Wednesday letters. it's really short and good (i liked it).

Belle said...

Hey Steph,
check out Sorcery and Cecelia, The Grand Tour, and The Mislaid Magician. They are three books in the series and it is almost like Jane Austin meets Harry Potter. They are so good and YA fiction. All are by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. Great Series!!!

Kristine and Ryan said...

"The Stand" by Stephen King. I know, it's about 2000 pages long and Stephen King, but it provides some sweet entertainment.

The Sage said...

I highly recommend anything by Terry Pratchett. His novels are fantasy novels, but they are also hilarious satire. He has also written some YA fiction. I recommend any of his Discworld novels. "The Wee Free Men" is a good YA book he wrote. Of his non-YA books, I'd recommend "The Truth" or any of the books involving the night watch, such as "Guards! Guards!" You'd probably like "Monstrous Regiment" as well. In fact, you'd probably like that one the most.

Katie said...

You just made me so happy. I love to give book suggestions.

1. Precious Bane is such a good period piece.
2. Anything by Terry Pratchett. He's satire set in the fantastic; and unlike most satire I don't feel worn out after reading his stories. A few of my favorites are Reaper Man, Hogfather, Soul Music, and Thief of Time. In fact, you should read him starting in that order. I'm laughing just thinking about those books.
3. My favorite YA book is The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman. I hear Louise's new book is really good too.
4. My favorite YA super natural book (that's well written) is Blood and Chocolate.
5. My favorite chick-lit book is Playing James. British chicklit is the best.

That's it for now, but I could go on and on. You should think about joining GoodReads, if you're not already a member. It's like a book nerd's version of Facebook.

Sue said...

I never have time to read anymore, so mainly I just read the books that get selected for book club - and those are mostly classics.

I like Carolyn Parkhurst for light reads - her writing is very smart but easy. Dogs of Babel was a great read.

Carley A. T. said...

World War Z by Max Brooks. It's a book about how a Zombie outbreak in China swept the disease across the world and how the human race fought back. Seriously, one word: ZOMBIES!

Plus I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Stephen Kings Dark Tower series (all 7).

The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix. They're YA and involve a type of zombies. I listened to them all on CD (from the library) which is something you may want to consider if you're burning out on reading. Having someone read to you can allow parts of your brain to relax.

I usually sew or something when I listen to audio books. I am the ultimate nerd.

Ash said...

the Uglies series is fun (uglies, pretties, specials, extras) if you like sci fi. I know you said no stephanie meyers, but the host was way better than stupid bella. Anything by shannon Hale.
Stiff: the secret lives of human cadavers -non fiction, but so interesting and fun.

tawnya said...

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Excellent book.

Jen R. said...

The Historian. Sounds boring but it's really not!

Jen R. said...

P.S. I'm a totally random person that you don't know, but I saw your blog on Mormon Mommy bloggers. So Hello, my name is Jen!

Lena said...

Ok, first of all, I totally agree with Katie, Goodreads is the best ever and I actually like it better than Facebook. And for Belle, I love Patricia Wrede as well. She's a good YA writer.

As for my own reccomendations: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a must. Fantastic. Also, Anything by Janet Evanovich is priceless. Specificly her Number's Series. And there is a YA version of Bridget Jones, by Louise Rennison. Laugh out loud funny.

Good luck!

Ben said...

Beloved (Toni Morrison)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
Go Ask Alice (?)

They're actually all really good. And if you're as cold and unfeeling as I am, you'll feel pretty swell when you're done. I couldn't see what the big deal was.

No, I'm just kidding. When you finish reading these you'll probably want to die.

Stephanie said...

Gossip Girl. So addictive.

Sarah said...

Steph. This is way way late but

1) Happy birthday
2) I'm so sad you were in CA when I wasn't!
3) You must read "The Descent" by Jeff Long. It's terrifying and gripping and intellectual and scrumptious. You've probably read "To Kill a Mockingbird." I recently read it for the 1st time. All I can say is READ IT and if you already have READ IT AGAIN!

Talina said...

There's a series of YA books that I loved. The first one is called "Bloody Jack: being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy." and a whole series of books by Gerald Morris that stories based on King Arthur and the knights of the round table. Extremely funny, light hearted and it takes very little brain power. These are some of the books that brought back my love of reading during grad school.

ChristyLove said...

I know this post (and therefore your request for reading suggestions) is old, BUT - I browsed slightly upward and saw your following entry asks for even more interesting reads. Also, I've just found your blog and am starting from the very begining, so I have no idea if you're over the hump of needing new ideas (I never am).

SO. My short list, sort-of based on your requirements:

1.) She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb.





That's kind of it for now.