Thursday, March 23, 2006

At 1000 A Decade? Trust Me On This One...

I was doing some quick math and estimated that in the past 10 years I have read anywhere from 1000-1500 books. I average 1-3 books a week (yes, I can speed-read, thanks for the lesson, Uncle Jimmy!) It's a costly but enjoyable habit. And yes, snarky ones, I have heard of a library. But our library here takes at least 2 years to get in new books, and even longer to get off the wait list, so, I buy.

To skip to my main point in all this, since I have read so many books, what I am about to say is not to be taken lightly. I just read a book that I have to say is the best book I have read in at least a decade.

It is called "The Time Traveler's Wife", byAudrey Niffenegger. Do not let the title fool you; it has nothing to do with science fiction Star Trek crap (sorry to offend all Trekkies out there...). It is a moving, beautiful, heart-wrenching love story that is absolutely magical and a joy to read.

I urge all of you to put down whatever epic you are currently reading, and go out and get this book. Trust me on this one...

And thanks to my brother Tommy who recommended it to me...he has yet to steer me wrong when it comes to books.

And once you read it, let me know what you think! I am always eager to talk books with fellow readers!

9 comments:

Lori said...

You should join a book club. You'd love it.

Shannon said...

You're right. Maybe I'll start one...

Lori said...

That's an even better idea.

radiogurl said...

Ooooh, there can be a lot of drama in book clubs! My friend was in one and it broke up badly... they don't even speak to one another anymore. Just putting that out there.

Shannon said...

Who can't use a little drama? I'll use it as research and write a book about bitches in book clubs...

Tom said...

Shannon,

I'd like to recommend a song as well: "The drugs don't work" by The Verve. Story goes his(Richard Ashcroft ex-lead singer and the guy who opened for Coldplay last night)mother who was dying of cancer only comfort was him singing in her ear and not the drugs she was on to ease the pain.

Oh...and another good read is "Until I find you" by John Irving. Once you've read the book you'll go out and get a tattoo, and if you have one, you'll be glad you did.

Shannon said...

You're right...that song is too awesome...want to listen to it?

Cut and paste the following link in your browser...

http://www.radioblogclub.com/search/0/the_verve

Momto2inCali said...

I stumbled across your blog and I too read 2-3 books a week.

I have to 100% agree with your review of "The Traveller's Wife."

It truly is an awesome book!!

Thanks for keeping me chuckling with your blog.

Susan Dore said...

Thanks for the tip, now I can't wait to read "The Traveller's Wife", so I'm off to the bookstore tomorrow. Tom's right about John Irving's "Until I Find You", I thought it was terrific. It inspired us to have dinner at Kronenhalle in Zurich when we were there in January....for a review of it (the restaurant, not the book) check out my blog where I've recently posted my Swiss trip. P.S. nobody took their clothes off at Kronenhalle when we were there!