Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Reading is Fundamental

I love to read. Recently I discovered a new author. Well, I guess it is inaccurate to say that I discovered a NY Times best-selling author, but I have been tuned in to Jennifer Weiner. I actually came across her first book, Good in Bed, at a book sale at our local library and picked it up because I was storing up books for our vacation.

I have since read two other titles from Weiner - In Her Shoes (I am told the movie pales significantly in comparison - don't they always?) and Little Earthquakes. I could see adding her to my list of regular authors because I can relate to her characters on a very human level. The protagonists are typically overweight Jewish women going through a crisis.

Good in Bed focuses on a break-up, In Her Shoes talks about family relationships and Little Earthquakes has to do with having babies. All places that I have been. Plus, with my over-active sense of empathy (I can't watch movies where people go through embarrassing situations a la Meet the Parents or American Pie without physically cringing or leaving the room at the "worst parts") even if I haven't been in these situations, I feel as though I am right there with the character.

Next up on the nightstand - Harry Potter 7. Anyone else have recommendations for good reads?

1 comment:

Lori said...

Little Earthquakes made me cry. In a good way. I never read In Her Shoes, but the movie was eh. Toni Collete was great, but the Cameron Diaz character was so hateful, it ruined my enjoyment of watching it. You know how there are hateful characters that you root for anyway? She wasn't one of them.