Fall & Winter Reading…sort of
During my four months of morning sickness, I also developed an aversion to reading. This was perhaps one of the saddest parts of those months for me. I was afraid I would never want to read again. Slowly and steadily over the last 17 weeks, I made my way through three books. I thought I’d share my most recent reads with you:
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: If you enjoyed the humor of Bossypants, you should check out this memoir written by Kaling, a writer, producer and actor on The Office. (She plays the hysterically self centered and petty, Kelly, on the show.) Kaling makes clear from the beginning that she is not trying to be like Tina Fey nor will she ever be as funny as Tina Fey. I thought she came pretty darn close. Any woman in her 20s and 30s can identify with Kaling’s thoughts, rambles, battles with weight, and other random concerns. My personal favorite story was when she auditioned for the musical Bombay Dreams without any dance background. While it took me a month to read this one, it should be a fast read for anyone who’s a normally functioning human being.
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: Written about a fictional boy named Harrison Opoku, who emigrated from Ghana to the London projects, this story deals with a range of topics, from the simple to the complex. Opoku loves pigeons and spends much time trying to catch them, but a great deal of his life is spent trying to catch a murderer and avoiding run ins with a local gang. It took me awhile to get into this one, but I love the message I took away from it, that childhood can be so simple yet many children are forced to come face to face with harsh uncontrollable realities that are better suited for someone way beyond their years.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Beautiful, poignant and moving, this book blew me away. I read the entire book in about a week and enjoyed every sentence. I’ve never seen words fit so beautifully on a page. While The Book Thief is classified as “young adult fiction,” this should not deter you from reading. The story of a girl named Liesel, who moves in with a foster family outside of Munich during World War II, this is the story of her journey and life and the people around her. She is not Jewish and this is not The Diary of Anne Frank. In an interview, Zusak said he wanted his characters to be unforgettable and they truly are. I wept, smiled, and connected with these characters, both adults and children. I don’t want to share too much of the story because The Book Thief is so complex and so special. One unique note that might intrigue you: death is the narrator.
So what did I do while I wasn’t reading? Um, I became addicted to the Ellen Degeneres Show. I slept. I played lots of Settlers of Catan which is an awesome board game and iPad game if you have never heard of it.
PS: I promise this will not become a baby blog. I promise.