When I was pregnant, all the reading I did consisted of baby books or research on birth topics. Once Ella was born, I had a LOT less free time and any precious moments I could collect for myself, I usually spent catching up on sleep. If I was able to snag some reading time, I boned up on more baby topics (it is unbelievable how differently you read those books once the kid is actually born). But recently, I’ve been jonesing for some different reading genres. I have been slowly but surely plowing my way through I Married a Communist by Philip Roth, one of my favorite fiction authors. It’s amazing, and has me thinking about what I might put on deck once I finally finish it (wishful thinking at its best). Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
This was a recommendation from my oldest brother and his suggestions are always impeccable. He led me to one of my favorite reads in the past few years, Command and Control by Eric Schlosser. It’s about America’s nuclear history (which sounds boring, but is NOT).
Play It as It Lays, Joan Didion
I recently read Blue Nightsby this author and fell in love with her style of writing. I’ve been wanting to read more of her work ever since, and this looked like a good one.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
Another recommendation, this time from my oldest and dearest friend, Meg. She and I have been reading together since we were put in our own reading group in first grade to tackle The Westing Game and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Needless to day, I inherently trust her judgment.
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
I have heard plenty of praise for this book and it has been on my list for a while.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Despite having been an English major, I have never read this widely cited work of literature. I’m excited to read it via a new tool I learned about, the Free Books app. You can get tons of free e-books to download, and this is just one of them. Many classics available, so I can go back and fill all the holes left after my college education of reading books and writing about them.
And, because I have to have a COUPLE of topical parenting books on my list,
Any others I should add to my ever-growing list?