Friday, August 9, 2013

My Reading Slump Cure

 “You can be Han Solo," he said, kissing her throat. "And I'll be Boba Fett. I'll cross the sky for you.” 

I recently had a reading slump after reading Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi. That book was fascinating and completely absorbing in ways I never imagined. Maybe I'll write about it sometime but oh, where to start? Not a single book held my interest after that until I stumbled upon Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Sweet, simple, lovely and completely different. This is exactly what I needed after reading about the Manson family.

Eleanor and Park are two sixteen-year-olds in 1986 from different backgrounds who fall in love while riding the bus to and from school. They exchange mixed-tapes, X-men and Watchmen comic books and gradually fall in love.

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

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