I didn't read very much in 2012. I was so stressed out from my job and worrying about not doing enough that I didn't make time for reading. When I did I was working one ticking books off for my Life Listlessly list. My mom did a survey of all the people in my family and all of her close friends who read a lot to come up with a list of the classics and not so classics that I should read before I die. Here's the problem, a lot of classics are depressing as all get out. So instead of balancing these classics with some more light hearted young adult fiction (which I love so dearly), I just tried to power through and instead ended up not reading very much at all.
(I also have problems where if I start a book I don't want to give up on it, no matter how much I dislike it, while sometimes persistence is a good thing...other times, not so much).
Recently, I've gotten back into reading again (which sounds horrifically sad, I love reading why would I ever put that on the back burner). And there are couple of reasons for this A. I now read aloud to Inspector Climate every night and I think reading is one of those things that the more you do it the more you want to do it you know? B. I restored a little balance to my book selection.
Today I wanted to share with you a recent read that I LOVED. It's not a classic (but I think it will be someday) - The Adventures of Kavelier and Clay by Michael Chabon. It's the story of young man who escapes from Nazi occupied Prague and makes it to America to live with his cousin. I was captivated from the very first page. After reading, I'd want to Inspector Climate everything that was happening in the story (which I'm sure he really appreciated).
Anyway, if you're looking for an amazing read for over your thanksgiving break - pick it up!