A long long time ago, I used to read A LOT. And when I say A LOT, I really do mean a lot. It was my way of escaping from my boring everyday highschool life and creating my own exciting world. Curling up with a Harry Potter book and imagining I was right there, going to Hogwarts with Harry and Ron (most of the time I ignored Hermoine and replaced her with myself); I LOVED it. I guess we’ve all been there, right? No? (Am I crazy?)
But then I grew up and university started and life happened and suddenly I did not read as much as I was used to do. Sure, I plowed through all the boring university stuff and read a lot of interesting non-fiction, but just losing myself in a book only happened on very rare occasions. The last REAL book I read (a few weeks ago) was Norwegian Wood, which was so good and really made me realise how much I had missed it. (Reading, I mean. Not that particular Beatles song.)
Now that I have more time on my hands, one of my “sabbatical-year resolutions” is trying to read more. So, I went to the bookstore. Which almost backfired, because somehow I ended up with a few non-fiction books again (I’m a sucker for international affairs!). Luckily I did manage to buy something that will help me with my resolution as well. I just have one problem: I read really fast. Currently The Casual Vacancy by queen J.K. Rowling is laying on my bedside table, but I need to replace it soon. And because somehow I don’t think that just following Oprah’s list is the best way to go, I really wanted to ask you guys for some book-titles. So, let me know! What is your favorite book and why?
One of my absolute favorites is A Single Man. I loved the film (by Tom Ford) and when I read the book I was amazed at how an at first sight simple and short story can turn out to be such a beautiful and meaningful read. I definitely recommend it!
(Now, before you all go and suggest I’d try reading Fifty Shades of Grey: after reading this tumblr I think it will be absolutely impossible for me to read that book without snickering at every paragraph. To each it’s own of course, but it’s just not for me. I would love some other suggestions though! Please leave them in the comments!)