Dec 7, 2010

An escape

I mentioned yesterday about being emotional lately, and I think I'm in a funk. (Weirdly enough this happened last year as well - maybe it is weather-related?) However, I think I know why.

I need a good book to read.
I have plenty of books I want to read, and even more books that I own that I want to read, but I've done the start and stop a book several times. I need something good.

Writing that's going to pull me in from the opening paragraph - a book where I get so wrapped up in the story it pains me to put it down, and at the end I'll want to start it all over again. A plot where I laugh out loud and fight back tears - happy or sad. I've been so focused on lists lately and I think this will really help in me kicking them to the curb.

I need a book I can really sink into. This is where you come in readers. Have you read anything lately like that? Do you ever use reading to help pull you out of a funk? I would love to hear your suggestions!

(Photo: The SoHo)


Brittany said...

circle of friends! i have read that book like 10 times, because it always comforts me when i'm in a funk. it's just the coziest little book. i don't admit it to many people, but it's probably my *real* favorite book.

i hope you feel more like yourself soon. xo!

Diana Mieczan said...

Have you read the Eat, Pray, Love? That is such a great "moment" book or the second part called Committed:)...Hope you are doing ok, sweetie
Sending you big hugs on this cold Tuesday morning

Gracie said...

Crossing to Safety by Stegner. I love that book.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Everyone is raving about Hunger Games, so I started that this weekend!

A book I loved was "Without Reservations" by Alice Steinbach. Or Wednesday Letters (too lazy to look up the author). Or anything by Richard Paul Evans.

Happy reading, friend! I didn't read much in October and was in a reading funk, but I have turned that around lately!

jen said...

the only book that i have read that was not school related this year was "The Physick book of Deliverance Dane" and i LOVED it!

Alison Kinsey said...

oh boy, I'm the worst person to ask for a good book recommendation! I tend to like those fluffy, chick lit books you can read at the beach in one sitting, or business books that you'd probably find boring and not exactly what you're hoping for! there was a book i saw in the bookstore the other day that looked really compelling, i think it's called The Little Bee. have you read it? i know it's topped the bestseller lists, and it's gotten good reviews!

Amber said...

I don't remember if you said you'd read it or not yet but I read The Hunger Games in one day this weekend. It was THAT GOOD. I could not pull myself away from it! I highly recommend it!

Or try Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. You will fall in love with the main character. Seriously!

Nora said...

I just started a holiday book called "The Perfect Love Song." So far it's good; a little bit cheesy but also a lot holiday and it's kind of what I need. I just finished Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets and loved it. I'll have to peruse my shelf of books to see what else I can find that you may like but I totally recommend anything by Jane Green or Jennifer Weiner if you haven't already read all their novels. I love them both!

VanessasRunway said...

I'm with Diana on this one! Eat, Pray, Love is written so well, and so easy to get into - have you read it? Something Borrowed is REALLY good too. It's definitely a great read, really interesting almost like a movie, I couldn't put it down! Hope a little reading helps your soul feel happier. I'm with you on winter blues, sometimes they just get to us by lack of sunshine & sundresses.

Stevie said...

Have you read Little Bee yet? I read it earlier this year and it's probably the best book I've read all year, and definitely one of the best books I've EVER read.

Also, when I'm looking for something that will grip me from the beginning, I grab Stephen King. Most people are turned off by his name, thinking he only writes awful, scary, gory stuff, but his stories are incredible and his character development is amazing. Some of my favorites: The Long Walk (written as Richard Bachman), Bag of Bones, Dreamcatcher, Hearts in Atlantis.

Lisa said...

Oh gosh, I am horrible at this game, haha. I am always looking for new & wonderful books to read as well. Let me know if you come up with anything good, as I'm looking for something too!! The last time a book was that good for me was when I read "The Lovely Bones." I also just finished a book called "The Tenth Door" which is a women's spiritual memoir about her journey into yoga, which I could NOT put down & was seriously sad when it was finished. But I don't know if you're into that sort of book. Let me know if you find anything, I'm looking for books too!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I am currently reading I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippmann and recommend it.

S.I.F. said...

I haven't read a REALLY good book in a while. But I am stealing some of your suggestions here! :)

Darcie said...

I'm currently reading Sarah's Key on a recommendation from someone at work. It's very emotional from what I hear and I'm about 50 pages in so far-those 50 pages flew fast! It's about the round up of Jews in Occupied France during World War II.

Megan said...

I'm reading "An Object of Beauty" by Steve Martin right now, and I love it. Not sure if it's a book anyone can get into as it's about New York City and the art world ... but Steve Martin (yes, the actor/comedian) is a great writier. Shopgirl, a novella by him, is GREAT. (There's a movie based on it, too). Since it's a novella, it's short and easy to read. I did laugh and cry while reading it!

The Catcher in the Rye is great, too ... or The Pekrs of Being a Wallflower (both books are very similar).

Next, I'm going to read Water for Elephants because I've heard it's good.

Megan said...

*Perks of Being a Wallflower

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