So I’m reading the second book in the “Millennium Series,” The Girl Who Played With Fire, and I’m definitely enjoying it. It’s well written, it’s suspenseful, and now that I’ve seen the first movie in the series, I’m enjoying envisioning Daniel Craig in the role of Mikael Blomkvist. I really like Daniel Craig.
I was in a bit of a literary slump before I downloaded this new one to my Kindle. I had liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I wasn’t blown away by it, the way you need to be blown away by a book in order to run out and buy (download) the next one in the series. That’s how it was with The Hunger Games; instant love and instant turnover to the next book in the series. But love of a book isn’t so easy to come by and I find myself putting them down more often than I find myself reading the last page these days.
I don’t really have a genre of books that I gravitate to like with movies or music. My friends can easily identify what songs I will know the lyrics to and what movies I will refuse to see but with books, I’m open to anything that is well written. I’ll do a love saga (boy, did that woman know how to write a love scene in Outlander), I’ll do historical non-fiction (read a great one last year about the assassination of President Garfield called Destiny of the Republic) and I’ll happily pick up a satirical auto-biography (Tina Fey had me laughing out loud on the train with Bossypants). There is just nothing better than curling up in front of the fire, or in the tastefully-decorated window seat of your Victorian home, or in the lounge chair by the pool in your backyard, with a good book.
Do you have a group of books that you refer to as your favorites of all time? Are they books you read once and pondered over for months afterward, or are they books that you have read over and over again? Which ever category your favorite books fall into, reading the really good ones usually take precedence over most things including watching your favorite show, coming to the dinner table or remembering to get off the train at your stop.
Here’s hoping that you are invested in a good book right now, and if not, that you”ll be inspired to go out and find something that makes you smile. In the meantime, tell us which of these highest selling books of all time is your favorite.
A Tale of Two Cities
The Lord of the Rings
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Catcher in the Rye