Roger and I each read three books during our honeymoon and another when came back to reality. Looking back I'm pretty impressed by this feat considering how busy we were. Attempting to travel light, we ended up sharing a lot of the same novels. This gave us an opportunity to talk about our thoughts and feelings towards the narratives and their themes. Even cooler was our discovery that we read at EXACTLY the same pace. Seriously. We spent a day at sea during our Mediterranean cruise and every time one of us left our pool chair for a bathroom break or a beverage we asked the other what page they were on. 51, 86, 131. We were ALWAYS on the same page. Every single time! Our books were different, but our font size was the same.
I'm telling you guys... married life is super exciting! I encourage you to have couples' read-a-thon, unless you or your significant other reads at an other-worldly pace or doesn't read at all. That might be not be so fun.
Here's a list of books I've recently enjoyed:
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susanna Cahalan - I kept the light on way too late with this one, but it was totally worth the lack of sleep. It's like an episode of House exploded on the pages; I can't believe that this medical nightmare happened to someone and (spoiler alert!) that they made it out okay.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert - The beginning was so incredibly fluffy that I almost had to regret my first Rome airport purchase. Luckily I found inspiration about halfway through and began poking at my novel again as a result. If you are an Eat, Pray, Love fan and a creativity-seeker like me, you might like this book. Just don't judge it by its intro.
The Power of Why
by Amanda Lang - This was an interesting read about the importance of curiosity in all of life's ventures, from business to early education to relationships. I especially liked that it was told from a Canadian's perspective.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer - My mom recommended this book to me after she discovered it at book club and like the naughty book worm that I am, I have yet to return it to her. After laughing myself silly along with the whims and follies of its beloved characters, I now find joy in simply having it live upon my bookshelf. I shall read it again and again... until I am forced to give it back. And guess what? I am visiting Guernsey Island next summer! Perhaps I can find someone to write on the insert! Or better yet... talk them into being my pen pal!
Of the above mentioned list, Roger read items #1 and #3. He also read David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and is working his way through The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I'm looking for something lovely for my next read. My cup of tea is historical fiction, preferably anything set in the early 1900s up to and including WWII; however, I am always open to suggestions.