Monday, March 29, 2010

new years resolution check-in

remember my new years resolutions? i'd planned to read at least one book a month. i've pretty much done that though i wasn't able to bring myself to finish cleaving: a story of marriage, meat, and obsession. it was unbelievably depressing and couldn't see myself gaining anything from finishing it. so that january book of the month failed but i got another one in called water for elephants by sara gruen. it's fiction but based on many true accounts of travelling circuses during the 1930s. it's a pretty interesting book on a subject that i had previously thought nothing about. i'd recommend it.
Water For Elephants

my february book of the month was the girls by lori lansens. this book was recommended to me forever ago by my faithful commenter, rachel, and i just got around to reading it now. this was a phenomenal book. you must read it. it's written like an autobiography from the perspective of conjoined twin girls living in rural southern ontario. it's so well written and i found the setting of the book especially intriguing as my parents are from this area and i recognized many of the names of towns. i could picture the fields and old farmhouses that they talk about. it's such an interesting story.

i'm a big fan of the re-read and that is what my march book of the month is. a book that i've read before but i'm so glad i'm re-reading it because i'd forgotten how much i love it. eat, pray, love: one woman's search for everything across italy, india, and indonesia by elizabeth gilbert. my favourite type of book, eat pray love is the memoir of the author as she traveled in these three countried. it's written so smartly. it's like hearing the author talk to you, the way that she jokes and weaves around her thoughts. i love love this book and often want to stop and write down quotes from it but then don't have a piece of paper beside my bed so i don't. i heard it's coming out as a movie which is upsetting - the amazingness of this book cannot possibly be acted out especially not by julia roberts. but anyways, you should read the book before you see the movie. it's so good.
Eat Pray Love


theRachel said...

I'm so glad to hear you got to The Girls. It was a great read!

I also very much enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love, but have not re-read it. Will you read EG's newest book, Committed?

I will check out the elephants book.

Bec Shulba said...

the elephants book isn't as good as the girls or eat pray love but still good. i have committed on request at the library.

Judy said...

Do you own 'eat pray love'?

Bec Shulba said...

i borrowed it from joy.