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.”


  1. I read a review of Helter Skelter and was so absorbed I thought about getting the book. I started googling the Manson murders and came across some unsettling pictures and thought maybe I won't. However, I have heard it's very good.


  2. Yes the Manson murders were unsettling and horrible but I think we've all seen worse in the news or on TV. What was truly horrifying was how one man was able to influence all these young people to do his bidding no matter how wrong and terrible. I thought that was the true horror of Helter Skelter.


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