Monday, July 1, 2013

Readers, Take Your Mark...

Time to start the Read-A-Thon!

As I mentioned last week when I announced my participation in the Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon (you can read it here) one of my favorite past times pre-FM’s leaving for BCT was getting lost in a great book.  With him being gone for the last six months, and my own struggle with unemployment, it has been great to be able to hunker down at the end of a crazy day and read for a while to not only distract me from whatever calamity may have occurred earlier, but to feel a little bit of normalcy returning to life, even if it is only for an hour.  Usually, I like to grab some dinner, work on some blog stuff, and then sit down for some reading while I wait for FM to finish for the day and give me a call. In a life that has very little room for routine, it is a very welcome, modest escape to my happy place.

So, what the hosts ask each day, as a part of this marathon I have dedicated to my personal solace, is that each marathoner create a participation post.  I am more than happy to oblige this request, and I’ll couple it with whatever I may have to say, blog wise, for the day. 

Today is intro day, you know, like the first day of college classes when your rather
chipper professor forces you to go around the room and tell everyone what you are all about, what your major is, why you are sitting there in “Fauna of the Arctic 101” on a muggy late August afternoon, sweltering because you decided to go to a public school instead of that awesome private school that gave you a scholarship, and they refuse to provide air conditioning (Oh, was that just my school? Whoops!).

Who am I? Well, I’m the author of this blog, otherwise known as Lauren. I am a military girlfriend to FM, currently living the frustrating life of an unemployed aspiring Anthropology professor on Long Island, NY. You should head over to the Meet Us section to get a clearer picture of what I am all about though.
Yes, I even read on vacation!
What started my obsession with reading?  To be fair, and if you ask my parents, I have always loved books.  When I was a little tyke I read with my dad every night, he would fall asleep, and I would read. Even before I could actually read, I was reading. I memorized The Little Golden Book, Corky, and would recite it to lull the big papa bear to sleep. As I got older, Barbie, bikes, and baseball took over the top of my “favorite activities list,” and I started to dislike reading all of the fiction that was supposed to capture my YA attention.  Just before college I discovered some great memoirs and biographies that reignited the inner bookworm, and I have been reading avidly ever since. Actually, I often neglected the required course readings in order to finish whatever I preferred to read, probably not the best option, but I graduated college with honors anyway.

I might still remember the words!
What do I read? I am very true to my favorite genres. Most memoirs or bio books are right up my alley.  Augusten Burroughs originally caught my attention, followed by David Sedaris, and after those two wonderful people who I would love to not only meet, but be, I delved into the worlds of Joan Didion, Frank McCourt, Chelsea Handler, Tucker Max, Mitch Albom, Josh Kilmer Purcell, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jeanette Walls, among others.  Any book that includes a life struggle, does not matter what the topic may be, alcohol, drugs, sexuality, family, financial, emotional, I love.  Recently, I have also taken up a few fiction reads, but the requirement for their being on my shelf is that they read true-to-life, so more of a historical fiction.  If they are too farfetched, or too obviously fiction, I find it hard to get through (Ahem, Fifty Shades/Twilight, I’m calling you out!) So, a Jodi Picoult will fit the bill, along with an Alice Sebold or a Lisa Genova. Please feel free to check out my schizophrenic Goodreads “read” shelf here.

Plain Truth
This is a Book
Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
A Clockwork Orange
Hilarity Ensues
Assholes Finish First
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
A Widow's Story
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Salem Falls
Something Borrowed
Without a Map: A Memoir
Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Blue Nights
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
I Suck at Girls
My Sister's Keeper

Lauren Zimmerman's favorite books »

What are my goals for the Read-A-Thon? To distract myself from life a little bit.  I do not want a set a book number, because I know I will not hold to it, so I will simply be happy with whatever I can finish, and whatever takes my mind off this crazy life at the moment.

So, there’s my intro. Now on to today's challenge...
  • Grab the book you're currently reading (or recently read) 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page  NO spoilers allowed! Choose passages void of spoilers. The goal is to entice, yet not ruin the book for others! 
  • Share the title & author, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
From the novel I just finished, Plain Truth, by Jodi Picoult
Teaser 1: "And then I thought of how she'd looked every time she denied having a baby: her chin jutting straight, her eyes bright, her focus right on me."
Teaser 2: "George's plea would allow Katie to bring this fiasco to an end, in a way that made perfect sense to her."
If you have yet to read this book, I highly recommend it.  It's a killer story (pun intended).

Please feel free to start a discussion about what your hobbies/past times are. For the other milSOs, how do you keep yourselves busy when your soldier is away?  And if you are a bookworm like myself, head over to the Read-A-Thon Central to link up for this week of wordy fun.

Happy reading all!

On your mark… Get set… Read!

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1 comment:

  1. I'm also a lover of memoirs. I just finished up Naked by David Sedaris, and while it wasn't my favorite of his books, it was still laugh out loud funny. I also finished Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Site by M.E. Thompson. There are plenty more on my stacks.

    Nice to meet you via the Summer Lovin' Readathon!


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