21 July 2011

Some Great Reads

I read.

A lot.

So I thought I'd share some of my favourite books that I've read in recent months. In no particular order of course.

The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb

One Day - David Nicholls

Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen

Tully - Paullina Simons

Room - Emma Donoghue

I first read "Tully" when I was in my early 20s, and loved it. Re reading it now 7 or 8 years later (although it feels like a lifetime ago), I still quite enjoyed it. I did find, however, that the title character frustrated me much more than she did the first time around. I re-read it for book club, with a group of girls around my own age (ranging between late 20s to mid 30s), some who have read it before, some who were experiencing it for the first time. Interestingly, not many enjoyed it too much. Those that hadn't already read it disliked the characters and the story, those who had found Tully much more immature and dislikable. I guess it just shows how moving through different life stages can totally influence how you experience the written word. Definately makes me question whether I REALLY liked or disliked some books I've felt strongly about!

What are some of your favourite books? Have you re-read them? Would you?

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