Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I Love Big Books...and I cannot lie.

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When I was younger I read tons. I would get home from school, climb in bed with a snack, and just disappear into a different world. I love the smell when you flip through the pages of an old book. And the way a book looks so loved when all your favorite lines are highlighted and colored tabs stick out from the side marking all your favorite parts. But my favorite part of all is the way you can go so many places all while staying in the same one. I have learned so much from characters who are not real and experienced so many places that don't exist...and yes, I know how insane and "imaginary friend-ish" that sounds. 
I really want to fall in love with a good book again as it's been a while with school and work and life craziness. 
 Some of my favorite books are To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (which I always accidentally call the pickle jar), The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. 

Atticus, the father in To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite characters I've ever read about. He is such a good father and person and I swear I will name my son Atticus...well a middle name at least. Most people read it in middle school but I waited until junior year and loved it so much more than my friends who were forced to read it earlier. The story is so touching and can be applied to life in lots of ways. As you can tell, I'm a bit in love with this one. 
The Bell Jar and The Catcher in the Rye are very similar to me, in the way that the main characters are lost and trying to find both themselves and meaning for their lives. That's pretty relatable to everyone I think. I enjoyed both of them even though my mother thinks they are terribly depressing. 
 The Other Boleyn Girl has been one of my favorites for a long time. I love that time period and the romantic idea of court, royalty, and kings and queens. It can be a bit graphic at times, but I love the story, even though the ending isn't so grand. I know that palaces and being royal back then wasn't all it's cracked up to be, but I choose to imagine it that way in my mind. 
 The Kite Runner is simply amazing. It takes place in Afghanistan and is just beautifully written, but it also gives you insight into what life is/was like there. Being American, there is obviously some tension towards people from the Middle East, after 9/11, but when I read this it definitely changed my outlook on a lot of things. Hosseini also writes A Thousand Splendid Suns from a female point of view and that one is breathtaking as well. Such beautiful stories that I've read multiple times.
Over the holidays, I'm looking forward to reading Brideshead Revisited (even though I have no clue what it's about #scholarly), Paper Towns by John Green, and Game of Thrones by George R. Martin. They are obviously very different from each other, but I've heard amazing things about all of them and look forward to reading a book that I can't put down. 

What are your favorite books? Do you have any recommendations that I might love? 

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