If you know me very well, you know that I'm a big reader. For my birthday, for Christmas, for just about anything, I always want books. I studied English in college, knowing full well that I probably wouldn't have many career opportunities after graduation; regardless, I studied English (creative writing, actually) because I love writing, reading, books, words, and ideas.
I go through periods where I read a lot, and then have dry spells. Lately, I'm sort of in-between. I'm reading This Side of Paradise right now, and it's taken me a while to get through it. Last night, I found myself stuck in it, turning page after page, then turning on Pedro's lamp to see better, until I was too tired to read anymore. It's kind of an interesting read--the beginning is really funny, actually. There are parts that I haven't enjoyed much, where it seems like Fitzgerald wrote stuff just to write stuff and see it in print--though the 19-year-old me probably would have LOVED parts of that--but overall, it's been a pretty good read.
After this, I have a couple books lined up to read, but after that, I'm not sure what I'll read. Reading makes me miss school.
So, my question is this: what are YOUR favorite books? What have you read lately that's surprised you?