Parents know how important it is for children to read and be read to, but I found I wasn't setting aside enough reading time for myself. So this year I made reading a priority and I'm happier for it. In fact, I have had to force myself to stop reading some nights so I don't wake up sleep deprived the next day.
I just finished Kazuo Ishigura's Never Let Me Go. It's the most compellingly creepy book I've ever read. The less you know about the plot the better, since every chapter is a revelation. I'm still trying to sort out what happened and what it all means.
Another book that's just as powerful, but a bit more life affirming despite it's difficult subject matter is Little Bee. The book reviewer in the Washington Post was absolutely right when she mentioned not being put off by the cute title or book cover. I had seen this book for months but never picked it up because I judged it by its cover (I thought it was chick lit)!
Not everything I've read has been heavy subject matter. I read singer Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids and thought it was beautiful and easy to read. Even if you aren't overly familiar with her music, she has a way of writing that pulls you in regardless of what you know about her or her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, which is the subject of the book.
Now I'm looking for a new book to read. Do you have any suggestions?