I love books. LOVE them. As in, I walk into Barnes & Noble and I instantly feel happier. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved losing myself in a book and can spend hours and hours transported far away by the words on the pages in front of me. I thank my mom for this. She read to me every night when I was little and I can still remember begging her to read just one more chapter of whatever book we were reading. I get most of the books I read at the library because, well, because they are free and is there anything better than free? But sometimes I treat myself to a new book and it is like coming home with a treasure. Truly, I have an unhealthy obsession with books. Now it can’t be just any old book though. As an English major (with a history minor, can you get any more bookwormish than that???) I am a complete literary snob. It’s true. I’m ok with it. As my favorite professor in college said, there are too many great books out there to waste your time reading junk. So true. When I was a kid, I read every horse book I could get my hands on (I was a TAD horse obsessed as well). Black Stallion, Saddle club, Thoroughbred, you name it. If it had horses in it, I was all over it. These days I prefer my books to take me to different times and places. I love learning about new cultures and experiencing history through a good novel. The best books are the ones that make you feel a little sad when you’re done because you’ve grown so attached to the characters that they’ve come to feel like old friends and you’re going to miss them. So, with all that being said, I plan to include little reviews of the books I am reading here, just in case anyone is interested 🙂
Swamplandia is one of the most interesting books I’ve read in quite awhile. It was totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before which I loved! It’s the story of the disintegration of a family that runs an alligator wrestling show in the everglades after the mother dies of cancer. It is clever and dark but wonderful at the same time (disclaimer, I tend to like dark and depressing books. Just fair warning). I just found it so refreshing to read something in which I had no idea where it was going because it didn’t follow the same old rules that most books follow. And the descriptions of the swamps of the everglades were incredible. I definitely recommend this one! Fun might not be the right word for it but I can’t think of a better word to describe reading something so different.