YA’LL. It is Thursday! Which makes tomorrow Friday! Which makes today time for another round of Top 3 Thursday! T3T is a meme hosted by A Cozy Reader that has ever changing topics for top 3 book related content. This weeks feature is “books I wish I could read again for the first time” and how fun is that! If you haven’t checked out this blog – you need to!
So as I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’ve been having an issue starting new books. I don’t know if it’s a mini-reading slump or if I just don’t want to start books but I’ve had two great reads sitting on my “currently reading” shelf for multiple days that I haven’t even cracked the spine on and I’ve got another book coming in the mail today. So basically, I need to get to gettin’ and get back to reading! Alas, I’m having a ton of people over at our house this weekend and it’s going to throw a major wrench in my reading schedule but one must be dedicated enough to find time to read no matter the situation! Anyway, onto some books I wish I could read again for the first time!
SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris
This is the first of David Sedaris’ work that I ever read back in high school. I hadn’t read many (if any) essay collections at that point despite being a voracious reader. However, when I fell upon Sedaris’ story about being a Macy’s elf I immediately fell in love with his style, his wit, his charm and his pragmatic outlook on life. Sedaris’ ability to take even some really heart wrenching moments in his life and view it through his own unique lens is something that I’ve found intoxicating since being turned onto his work. While I tend to love everything he writes, I wish I could feel that original awe and enchantment I did when I read my first essay by him.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
So in all my reading I’ve always been drawn more to the meat of a story – to the actual story being told versus the way it’s being told. I’ve never been a stickler about needing stunning or beautiful prose, especially if the underlying story is one that speaks to me. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy or appreciate expertly executed prose, it’s just not at the top of my list. However, when I read White Oleander I was struck by how truly magnificent the writing quality was. It’s written in such a pleasing way that you can’t help but be in awe of the way Fitch tells Astrid’s story. It’s such a devastating and hard hitting story about a very complex and complicated relationship between mother and daughter and Fitch’s ability to bring beauty into it was incredible.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
YO, ya’ll, my dudes: READ THIS BOOK. It was so effortlessly charming and wonderful that I wish I could feel all the warm fuzzies it brought out in me all over again. This book is the literature equivalent of curling up with a cozy blanket and a hot cup of tea on a snowy day. I laughed, I cried, I hugged my dog until I think he thought he was going to pop. I read countless excerpts to my husband because it was just so dang cute and pure. There’s just literally nothing bad to say about this book and I completely adored it and suggest it to everyone forever. The only unfortunate thing is that I’ve not been struck by the urge to reread it so I really wish I could just read it for the first time again!
Well there you have it folks! I’m going to work on getting another review up in the next couple of days, and then work on mowing some books down and getting some more recipes up for ya’ll as well. So stay tuned!
Have you read any of these titles, if so, what did you think? What are some books you wish you could read again for the first time? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!