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From Last Autumn

I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading lately. The last book I picked up, I finished in merely two days. Granted it’s a YA (young adult) book but hey, it’s a 30-chapter young adult book! I’m so proud of myself. Mind you, it usually takes me months to finish reading one book. I guess it all depends on how interesting the book is to me and how much I can relate to the main character in the book. The more I can relate to the character, the faster I finish it.

When I’m reading, I visualize everything in my head, just like a movie. I’m a very visual person with a tendency of missing the obvious and catching the mundane. I’m weird that way. Troy thinks I’m missing a lot because he sees things that I don’t. But I too see things that he doesn’t. That’s why we make such a great team. :) Anyway, I love it when an author pays a lot of attention to details. Not only physical details, but also emotional details. What the main character senses. That would make a pretty wild movie in my head.

The last two books I finished were from the same author, Jerry Spinelli. The titles are Stargirl and Loser. The books are about outcasts in school. Stargirl is quirky and Zinkoff (the main character in Loser) is, well, your typical loser. I enjoyed reading Loser more because I could relate with Zinkoff more than I could Stargirl. I was a loser throughout my school years. The only difference is, I got good grades, except in PE. I was super clumsy (still am) and I really sucked at PE. In middle school, the PE teacher just kept picking on me because of it. He made me hate sports. So much for a teacher, eh? I highly recommend Loser. It made a good movie in my head.

I haven’t decided what’s next on my reading list. I took The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger off the shelf, but after toying with it, I put it back. I’m not ready for it yet. Too thick. I used to be able to finish reading thick books but not anymore. I lost that ability somewhere. Troy recommended me some books about mice but I don’t think it’s my thing. Sure they are fictions, but I’d rather read books about people. Oh well. I’ll find something soon.

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  1. The Time Traveller’s Wife is brilliant – maybe think of each chapter as a unit in itself so that the whole book doesn’t seem such a daunting task? Have you read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime? It was originally a children’s book but they have adult editions now, too, and that’s an excellent – and easy – read.

  2. Yup, I read The Curious Incident… last year. Very good book.
    I always read chapter by chapter but one chapter in The Time Traveller’s Wife is like 25 pages long!
    I think I’m going to read either A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews or Life of Pi by Yann Martel next. Either one of those. Both books sound interesting.

  3. Time Traveller’s Wife is a great book, I love it!! I believe it’s actually more about relationship or romance than about fiction.

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