Reading is fun ... damental
Hi hi. I have been a naughty blogger lately but I am going to be better, I promise, and what better way to be a better blogger than fulfilling my end of a tag? Ms. Allison tagged me to ...
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to the person who tagged you once you've posted your three sentences.
OK, the book: Belong to Me, by Marisa de los Santos. The lines: "You know what I mean. It's a song about keeping a place in your mind that you can get away to." "I do," said Elizabeth, quietly, "I know exactly what you mean."
Can I tell you how much I love this book? Can I? I LOVE THIS BOOK. (Those lines, by the way, make absolutely no sense out of context, but trust me, it's a sweet little scene.) If you like books, if you like words, if you like ... I don't know, anything ... please do yourself a favor and read her book Love Walked In and then read this one immediately after. They are SO good.
While I'm at it, a few of the other books I've read lately (shocking but true, I don't spend ALL my free time watching The Hills) ...
Remember Me, Sophie Kinsella. The very definition of a beach read. If only life were really a Sophie Kinsella book!
The Opposite of Love, Julie Buxbaum. Best lines of a first chapter ever: "Last night, I dreamt that I chopped Andrew up into a hundred little pieces, like a Benihana chef, and ate them, one by one. He tasted like chicken. Afterward, I felt full but slightly disappointed. I had been craving steak."
Certain Girls, Jennifer Weiner. True story: I was saving up the last, oh, third of this to read on the plane when I went out of town last month and OF COURSE I left it in the car (one of MANY calamaties that struck during that particular trip). I was SO mad. I marched straight to the bookstore in the airport and was ready to buy another copy but they hadn't gotten their shipment in yet so I had to get Details magazine instead. (Random Swishy fact: I was once a finalist in a short story contest judged by Ms. Weiner herself. Fun!)
Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult. I just-just finished this. It's an interesting premise, for sure, though I think my favorites of hers are still My Sister's Keeper and Nineteen Minutes.
Steve the Penguin, Mahlena-Rae Johnson. You might know Mahlena-Rae as Bianca Reagan, her alter ego at SteveThePenguin.com. If you've ever gone to a high school reunion, thought about going to a high school reunion, dreaded going to a high school reunion ... this is the book for you.
And I read this when it first came out, but Allison's book The Department of Lost and Found is recently out in paperback, so if you haven't read it yet, now's your chance. It's a great book and I'd highly recommend it for your next car ride, plane trip, poolside lounging or couch vegging session.
AND! Two very dear friends of mine also are or will soon be in a bookstore near you--Trish Ryan's book He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not just came out, and Jess Riley's book Driving Sideways comes out next week. I cannot say enough nice things about these two. They are lovely, funny girls who are tons of fun to be around and even better writers, so chiggity check them out.
Also! Emily Giffin's new book comes out in, like, 12 hours, which I am very, VERY excited about. Chances are, if you can't find me in the next few days, I will be under my desk or tucked in some corner somewhere reading my little heart out.
So there you go ... doing my part to promote literacy in America. It's not all McDreamy and Michael Scott over here at Swishyville! (Although I AM about to go watch the rest of the Survivor finale. Hee.) Give me your summer reading recommendations if you've got 'em ... and if you feel so inclined, consider yourself tagged!