Literary State of Mind

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I haven’t read a novel in approximately 2 years.  When Jack was an infant, I read pure FLUFF (i.e. Twilight) because I just didn’t have time or energy to concentrate on anything more complex and I only had about 45 minutes each day to read (on the bus).  Before that my interests lay somewhere in the realm of Literature-type Fantasy (Patricia McKillip or George R.R. Martin), Women’s Lit (a la Margaret Atwood or Jhumpa Lahiri) and bizarre biographies (ummm … Augusten Burroughs).  Mommy brain pushed me into fluff and then divorce/starting over made even that impossible.

I need to get back into reading.  I have been wasting too much time on Facebook games that are repetitive and provide no life enrichment.  Don’t get me wrong, zoning out after I get home from work is nice for a bit, especially when accompanied by wine!  But I end up zoning out for much longer than I intend and my daily reading list ends up being Olivia, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late, and Where the Wild Things Are.  There are some really awesome children’s books out there, but I’m a little sick of them, to tell you the truth.

After being pestered by David about it, I finally took action and went down to our local library.  I haven’t had a library card in almost 10 years, so it was definitely time!  I was shocked at how quickly the process was now that it’s all computerized.  It got me excited about the library all over again (when I was a kid, I took a paper grocery bag with me to the library and filled it with novels – those lasted me maybe two weeks).

Anyway, I checked out six books – a mix of memoirs and fiction to warm me up to reading again.  Jack is with his dad in Texas for the next week and a half (*sob*), so I am going to take the opportunity to get reacquainted with the wonderful world of books.  If you know of anything good that I have likely missed in the last four years, please feel free to recommend.  Otherwise I am in danger of choosing books based solely on the appeal of their covers…

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  1. I've been reading young adult and middle grade mostly and I love it! There is some great stuff out there.

    A few to get you started (by friends of mine):

    Some Girls Are and Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
    Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma
    I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone and Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert (I haven't read Ballads yet)
    Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony (just started it and it is already amazing)

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