Saturday, July 12, 2008

Reading inspiration

I had been pondering why I hadn't experienced the pleasure of reading in a long time. I have a day job totally unrelated to this blog and in the evenings I'm busy doing paperwork and chores, blogging, or watching TV (I am hooked on the O'Reilly Factor and reruns of The Simpsons, which I think is genius for its references to both high culture and pop culture).

I found that I didn't even have a list of books that I wanted to read. Then, my first inspiration was my niece, who said that her favorite books were Angela's Ashes and Wuthering Heights. I then decided to pick up Angela's Ashes.

I knew about her fondness for Angela's Ashes and the other books by Frank McCourt ('Tis, Teacher Man), but I was surprised and embarrassed to learn that she was fond of Wuthering Heights through the web site of a magazine! As I wrote before, I'm in awe of Wuthering Heights - it's hard to believe that someone with such an erratic education as Emily Bronte could conceive the structure of the novel.

More recently,, the online home of Vogue and W, had a slideshow of books, the selection of which was inspired by recent designer collections. If you're registered on, you can create your own "lookbooks" - to see which books I selected from that slideshow, visit my public lookbook.

And of course, there's always my wishlist on

If you had to choose, what three books would you recommend?


Retainer Girl said...

This happens to me too every once in a while. I'm not sure why I have "reading moods" and why I don't. Sometimes, I just prefer to let myself veg out watching TV instead of reading. It bothers me, though, because I love to read, and there are so many good books out there!

Meredith said...

I'm always reading, I swear. I went through a historical fiction phase, then I moved on to Chuck Klosterman's ramblings on pop culture. Wuthering Heights is an absolute classic, though. A fantastic read. I'm over at Goodreads if you want to see what I've been reading lately.