I read like crazy, all of the time. When I should be working, when I should be eating, when I should be sleeping… I suppose you get the point. My biggest problem with reading is that I am a very fast reader. I can tear through an 800 page book in a few hours, and I have. This leads to me not taking my time, which leads to me not committing very much to my long-term memory. If you ask me about a book I read a year ago, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you any details, but I would remember just enough to prevent me from rereading it again.
This being said, I go through WAY too many books, and for a book to really stand out in my mind, it’s gotta be freaking fantastic.
Thr3e – Ted Dekker
Ted Dekker, I would have to say, is my favorite author. I grew up reading Frank Peretti, and Dekker is just as good (if not, dare I say, even better). Thr3e is a Christian book without all of the overbearing overtones. It breaks it down into basic good vs. evil. The basic story of this book is that Kevin, a young man with a troubled childhood, is driving home when someone, identifying himself only as Slater, calls his cell phone and gives him a riddle. If he doesn’t solve the riddle, or confess his sin, within three minutes his car is going to blow. It really escalates from there, and just as you think you know what’s going on, your head gets snapped in another direction entirely. Best book of all time.
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
Jane Austen is wonderful but a little overrated, just in the sense that everyone claims to love her books in a way that almost makes it a trend. North and South is similar to Jane Austen’s works, but much much easier to read. It follows Margaret Hale as she moves from idyllic southern England into the industrialized North. She encounters horrible factory conditions and hungry workers and labor strikes and, most importantly, John Thornton, a momma’s boy who runs one of the biggest textile factories in the North. It summarizes like just another last-century English romance, but to me, it really has a lot more going for it. The best part is that I got into this book after seeing the BBC miniseries by the same name. Richard Armitage, anyone?
The Mediator Series – Meg Cabot
You can have your sparkly vampires and boy wizards; I’ve got a latino GHOST. It’s not much of a secret that I love YA fiction, embarrassingly so. I loved Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries books, so I picked up this book at the library. Let me tell you, they’re great. It’s about Suze, a high school girl who moves to an old house in California, only to be greeted by a (VERY nice looking) ghost sitting in her windowsill, who is shocked that she can see him. Suze is a Mediator, someone who is able to see ghosts in order to help them let go of this world and move on. She ends up falling head over heels for Jesse, who grudgingly begins helping to protect her from the more violent ghosts she encounters. Seriously, amazing series, perfect for some lighthearted reading.
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