The Perks of Being A Wallflower is one of the most difficult books for me to read, it is also one of my favorites. The first time I read it was July of last year, I finished it on my plane ride to Florida. I remember thinking how much I can relate to Charlie and how much he loved is aunt. The way Charlie was so close to her reminded me of the relationship I had with my cousin. As soon as my plane landed I had the biggest urge to call him but I said to myself “No, he’s probably at work. I’ll give him a call tomorrow.” The next day while shopping at the mall with a friend I found out that he died of a heart attack. He was 41. The weirdest thing is that his time of death was around the exact time I was finishing the book and when my flight was landing. Since then I have not been able to pick it up and I know that once I do I will probably break down; Charlie’s grief is too real for me.
Ah! What an amazing response and I completely agree with you. I find it challenging to respond to this question, I can never just pick one.
My whole point to asking this question was to figure out what books other people were reading so I could as well. I have read very little Oscar Wilde and your response makes me want to go to Borders right now, buy his collections and start reading them before I go into work. Thank you for answering and I plan on putting more Wilde on my reading list. :)
Well, I read Shakespeare and Kerouac myself so I would probably think that person and I could be great friends. I have never read The Picture of Dorian Gray but it’s by Oscar Wilde so I would have respect for them and applaud them for reading a classic. I love fantasy, Harry Potter is my favorite series. As far as magazines go it really depends on which one they are reading. If I were to walk by someone reading Elephant magazine I would be ecstatic that they are a lover of modern art. However, I’m not the biggest fan of Seventeen Magazine.
But like I said before it doesn’t matter what anyone or myself thinks, you read what you want to. I prefer to read certain material that you may not like and vice versa. I’m not looking down on anyone or think I’m better than them because I can quote Nathaniel Hawthorne and they only know what the name of Marc Jacobs spring collection is due to the latest issue of Vogue. And I reiterate, I’m just happy they are reading something.
It baffles me when people judge others based on how quickly they can read. I was coming back from my break at work one day holding a Border’s bag as usual. A coworker/friend of mine asks me what I bought and I tell him The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. He asks me what it’s about and why I want to read that specific book. Then his next question is “How long will it take you to read it?” I tell him that if I do absolutely nothing else with my life except read and go to work it would take me three days. This is insanity to him and he looks at me like I’m a little dense and says “I know people that can read this book in three hours.” GOOD FOR THEM!
I seriously wanted to punch him in his face but I didn’t because this person just so happens to be the boy I like. But why does it matter? Why is this even a valid question when it comes to recreational reading? I am a slow reader, so what! I like to enjoy the book and savor it as much as possible, not rush through it so I can brag about what a fast reader I am. Anyone that can read a 200-300 page book like that in three hours isn’t retaining everything in it so what’s the point? People annoy me sometimes.
The Lord of the Rings is an excellent series! I don’t blame you for not being able to pick just one.
I am so exhausted from work today, all I want to do is sleep. JessR you posted something beautiful in my ask box and I want to be fully rested before I respond and what a lengthy response it will be! I think I am saving yours for last. If you haven’t done so put in my ask box what your favorite book is and why. There are already so many good ones but I am greedy and want more. Goodnight everyone.
I try not to judge people by the books they are reading because I am happy at the fact that they are doing it in the first place. However, it does happen even though I have no right to. When I see someone holding the latest Nora Roberts love novel I surmise they are a housewife wishing their husband was just like the hunky protagonist. I wonder how they could possibly want to read that over Jane Austen, who wrote real romance. When I see someone reading the Left Behind series I am guessing they are religious; most of the time I am purposefully avoiding them even though I think the series is awesome. If I see someone holding Harry Potter I am thinking they are pretty damn amazing. If I saw someone reading A Brief History of Time I would think they are too smart for me and I would respect them but think I could never have a real conversation with that person. So yes, I do think it is possible. All of us book lovers do it, we are human. A slew of people judge others for reading Twilight. There are a bunch of people that think I’m pretentious for the books I read. The great thing about me though is that I don’t care what people think and neither should anybody else.
This book is wonderful! The ending just breaks my heart. Clare is a strong woman to deal with Henry’s “disability.” But the love that they have for each other is beautiful. The movie was sort of similar to the book. I can’t for the life of me pick a favorite book. :(
I love anything by Charles Bukowski or Edgar Allan Poe. There is some great poetry in Revolution on Canvas, Volume Two, it is mainly by musicians in alternative bands. I also love poetry from The Bible, specifically in Songs of Songs. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the things written there.