generally speaking i enjoy reading - but for the last 3/4 years or so, all i’ve made time to read are business books. books on how to be a better manager, how to be great at what you do, books on how to excel in your field. all business books - while great, all very studious. to be honest, i didn’t even think about it much. i just always had a new book to read, more information to obtain, more things to learn. and i loved it, but i think it’s only because i forgot how AMAZING fictional books are.
anyway, i don’t know what happened but within the last 3 days i have finished 2 books cover to cover and have picked up 2 more. i don’t remember the last time i took an entire day off just to read a book in my bedroom, in my livingroom, in my backyard and then later at a park. it is SO liberating getting lost in storytelling, esp. stories that i’ve heard about over and over but failed to acknowledge.
on thursday, i picked up the book ‘me before you’ because i have tons of friends who read and this is all i’ve heard about. so i bought it on my nook and i literally spent the entire day reading it, absorbing it, allowing it to overwhelm my entire being. i picked up the book that afternoon and finished it that evening. i can’t even remember the last time i enjoyed a book that much - so sweet, so real, not overly romantic (cause i can’t deal with sap, lol), but at the core a true love story. wonderful - pick it up!
after i finished that book, i got the book “wonder”. based on the synopsis i wasn’t sure i’d be too interested because it’s storytelling from a 10yr old character, but with over 12k reviews on amazon giving it 4.5 stars, i purchased it. this took me a few days to finish because i do actually have work that needs to be done (lol), but i found myself smiling a lot when i read it. M would walk by and say “what’s that smirk on your face” - haha. even as i was reading it, i don’t think i realized how much i actually enjoyed it until the book was over. a really great inspiring book about life & how kindness is really all around us, no matter the obstacles.
now i have two books on queue - not sure which one i’ll read or if i’ll just go between the two. the first is “the fault in our stars” and the other is “the husband’s secret”. fun that i’m totally into this right now, esp. with the amazing weather we’ve been getting here in seattle. i foresee lots of picnics & reading in the sun.