My grand plans for the day â€“ go on a run (getting back on track, slowly but surely), shop for a new rug for the hallway (fun times), and head out on a girly date with Nicole. Counting down the hours until adult time.
In the meantime, I thought Iâ€™d ask for a book recommendation. One of my tasks on my 29 Before 29 list is to read a classic book. Here are a few classic books that Iâ€™ve read before â€“ 1984, The Great Gatsby, Heart of Darkness, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Awakening, Lord of the Flies, As I Lay Dying, Catch-22, Of Mice and Men, The Handmaidâ€™s Tale (actually, thatâ€™s my favorite book), The Sun Also Rises, Things Fall Apart, Beloved, annnnnd pretty much everything William Shakespeare. (In case youâ€™re wondering, I pulled up a list of AP English Literature books to determine what counts as a â€˜classicâ€™ â€“ wahoo, high school!)
So â€“ any classic book recommendations? I would like one that doesnâ€™t put me to sleep, please. I found Jane Eyre to be a snoozefest (sorry â€“ Iâ€™m sure people find that offensive). Speaking of books, here are two books that Iâ€™ve read lately and loved. They arenâ€™t classics (yet) but they sure were good!
First up â€“ Bringing in Finn. The author (Sara Connell) actually sent me this book to read.
The subtitle â€“ â€œAn Extraordinary Surrogacy Storyâ€ â€“ sums it up quite nicely. This non-fiction memoir describes how Sara and her husband fought for years to get pregnant. Sara went through many rounds of IVF, experienced an early miscarriage, and went through a stillbirth of twins before her mother â€“ who was a menopausal 59 year old â€“ offered to be their surrogate. Sara is an incredible writer, and I actually appreciated how she didnâ€™t make her story into a bigger ethical debate about fertility and surrogacy. Because to Sara and her husband, it wasnâ€™t about that â€“ it was personal, not hypothetical. Finnâ€™s birth made headlines around the world, and although you know how the book is going to end (thanks to a super cute baby pic on the back), itâ€™s no less emotional. I cried multiple times reading Bringing In Finn. It really is an extraordinary story of motherly love and provided a human face to the pain of infertility.
I actually want to re-read Insurgent (and Divergent) because at first, I was just flying through it, trying to figure out what was happening. Now, I want to go back and study it. The series is going to be turned into a movie (yay!), which Iâ€™m super pumped for. In the Divergent world, futuristic Chicago is divided into five factions along personality types â€“ the intelligent, the brave, the harmonious, the selfless, and the honest. The factions are intended to move humanity towards a more peaceful future, but by Insurgent, the groups are falling apart, attacking one another in an epic battle. I really like the lead female character because sheâ€™s complex and imperfect but relatable, and of course, her man is one hunky hunk.
What are you reading now? Any classic book recommendations?