I began with Holes by Louis Sachar:
This YA book was mentioned by Lisa Bloom in her book Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World. Lisa wrote:
Holes by Louis Sachar, allegedly a kids’ book, but honestly, I think that masterpiece was written just for me.I found this book to be an excellent palate cleanser (a phrase I am borrowing from Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness). It includes a clever story, interesting relationship dynamics and enough life lessons to keep you thinking about the book for a few days after reading.
My next book was Ruth Reichl’s book Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise:
Here is Doro Hunter, the book’s assistant editor's description of Garlic and Sapphires:
In this voyeuristic journey into the restaurant world, Reichl, the former New York Times food columnist, describes how she wore disguises so servers wouldn’t know that she was a famous critic.I didn't think Reichl’s book was laugh out loud funny - I thought some of Reichl’s disguises and the personalities she took on were a little sad - but it was certainly an entertaining page-turner. It was interesting to see how her appearance affected the service she received at some of NYC’s top restaurants. Reichl’s restaurant reviews and food descriptions are some of the best food writing I’ve ever read, though I did find it surprising the number of restaurants she visited that served fois gras as an appetizer. She also provides a lesson for those of us who have celebrity aspirations. She receives this warning from a co-worker shortly after becoming the New York Times restaurant critic:
And later when everyone’s telling you how wonderful you are, don’t forget this. Remember that no matter how well you do the job, the power is not yours. It all, every scrap of it belongs to this institution. You’re just a byline. Take a good look. The minute you give up the job, you become a nobody. (Pg. 65)
My next read is going to be Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War:
I know war is not exactly a subject that can be considered light reading, but as an ISFJ even my fiction has to teach me something, which is why I usually prefer historical fiction. Here is the quote from Jaclyn Day’s blog post [Childhood] books that made a difference that makes me want to read this book:
This book also ranks as one of my all-time favorites. My family is probably sick of me talking about it as I often reminisce about how much I love it. I look at this book as the first “adult” book I really read. Emerging from a cloud of young adult fiction, a teacher handed me this and everything changed. This book is not only one of the finest historical novels ever written, but maybe one of the finest books I will ever read…period.
Is there a particular author or book you turn to when you need a little “light” reading?
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