Getting Offline and
Reading a Damn Book.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I know, I know... I'm online writing this post. However, it's not as though I'm giving up the internet - no, no, of course not - it's just that it recently hit me that I spend entirely too much time here. The blog is the least of my concerns - at least it's a somewhat creative endeavor (hopefully). My problem is when I take my iPhone to the bathroom. TO THE BATHROOM. (I apologise for yelling.) Catching up on Twitter and Facebook in the restroom? That's anything but restful. And only reading blogs, tweets and status updates in bed? I think I just lost brain cells writing that sentence.

So, after some thought, I decided to try and read 10 books from January 1st to April 1st. I should probably note here that I am a somewhat slow reader with a sometimes very short attention span. I'm not proud of either of these facts and I actually blame Facebook and the like for causing us to feel the need to be constantly stimulated and entertained. No, Mark Zuckerberg, I don't actually blame you. I blame myself for getting sucked in. However, I did see The Social Network recently and I'm not happy. In fact, I think we have a few things to talk about, Mark... Oh, wow. See, how I just got off topic there? That's my short attention span rearing it's ugly head. And that, that right there, is why I decided to make a change, to literally force myself to put my phone down and open a damn book and then nine more. (Please don't misunderstand. I have always loved to read; I've just gotten out of the habit.)

So far, so good. I was originally worried that I would open the first book and then immediately point to the sky and exclaim, "Look at the bird!" Luckily, I haven't had too many of those ADD moments. I'm currently three books down with seven to go. I'm having a hard time getting into #4, however. Why, you ask? Because #3 was the best book I've read in years.

I believe that Room by Emma Donoghue is, simply put, a masterpiece. It's the kind of book that crawls into your heart on the very first page and lives with you long after you've read the last word. Because I don't want to give too much away and because I am trying to convince every person I know to read it, I want to include here praise from two acclaimed authors. I hope they will convince you to go out and get yourself a copy.

"Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days." - Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

"Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory." - Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

What I will say here about the book is that finishing it felt a little like a breakup in the way that I can't pick up another book quite yet. I feel as though I have come to love a five year old boy, the book's narrator, and am just not ready to let him go. I think that's the way a truly good book should make you feel and, let me tell you, I am so glad I put down that stupid phone long enough to remember this feeling.

Happy reading! Xoxo


  1. my brother REALLY liked that book.
    i am currently reading the pigman. not too shabby. and that's saying something because the last 2 or 3 books i've opened i haven't actually finished.

  2. Whoa. I need this book immediately!! I caught myself reading today for an hour and not checking my phone once...course it was just Chelsea Handler's book but that's something right?!

  3. I was the one who messaged you on Twitter about how much I loved this book too! I'm so with you in regards to every single thing you said about it! I'm gonna post my "review" (for lack of a better term), about it soon too. Everyone should read this, seriously! Also, I've been a long time follower. Just never commented. I'm Carolina, it's nice to meet you :)