I was all prepared for my day of rest after the surgery. I had a book on tape ready on my ipod and Melissa picked up my kids after school and took them home to play with hers all afternoon while I rested. I picked the perfect book. "Gang Leader for a Day" by . It was such a powerful and amazing book. I have already put this book on my children's reading list for when they are in high school.
On the subject of reading... A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of "Possible Side Effects" by Augusten Burroughs. I had already viewed the movie "Running with Scissors" and loved it so I thought this would be a good bet. IT WAS. I started reading that book when I got home and could not put it down. It was perfect in a sarcastic and twisted way. One of the short stories was about Burroughs first book "Sellevision". I could not wait to get my hands on it. The kids and I ran to B&N and I snatched up "Sellevision". I read that one in a matter of a few hours. Now, I was rather obsessed. I had to have more. I went back to B&N (the third time in three days) and bought everything else Burroughs had written. With my eye surgery approaching and not knowing how things would turn out, I made a fast Amazon order for his brothers book, "Look Me in the Eye: My life with Asperger's" by John Elder Robison. I stayed up the night before the surgery so I could finish it. What an interesting perspective and a good read.
I cannot wait until the next book comes out. I have not felt this way in a long time about an author (especially one that is still living and breathing).
Some of the other Authors that I have compulsively read from book to book:
- Anaïs Nin ( notice my daughter's name is also Anaïs - When she is in college, I will pay for her therapy once she starts reading the later diaries and books)
- Henrey Miller
- The Russians: Tolstoy, Nabokov, Dostoevsky ( all I plan to re-read again)
- Anne Sexton
- John Kennedy Toole ( well I would have read him compulsively...."Confederacy of the Dunces" was amazing. You could see his talent with words., there for he deserves to be on the compulsive list