My mom and I always talk about books. We give each other recommendations and talk about them, but there are times where we completely disagree on books. I’ll love it, she’ll hate it. For example, Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love). I really enjoyed Committed, my mother not so much. Hate is a strong word, but I believe she strongly disliked the book. Maybe I’m just young in my “reading career” but I’m fairly easily entertained. Similarly with movies. I feel like if I was entertained while watching a movie or reading a book — I didn’t want to pick up my phone, I appreciated the story or the costumes or the actors — then it did its job of entertaining me. Whether you end up liking it or not in my mind is a bit different than being entertained by it. It may have been just an okay book or movie, but if I’m entertained I’ll keep watching or reading as long as I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time. I have only put down a few books over the past few years, where I just felt like I was wasting my time reading them — Wicked (loved the play, couldn’t get through the book) and Blink (same examples over and over, and over), and I’m actually reading a book right now that I’m hoping gets better because a lot of my colleagues loved it, but I am not loving it so far.
Recently while I was at the beach with my family my mother and I naturally started talking about books and my mom told me I had to read two series of books in a specific order. I had only read one of the books, The Old Man and the Sea, a long time ago and I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it at the time, so I was up for the challenge considering in the summer I pretty much eat books up. I read business books and magazines during the day by the pool, and novels, memoirs or biographies before I go to bed.
The two book series (dictated by my mother) are a Hemingway series and a Kennedy series. I’ll be reading them this summer/fall (I’ll get to the Kennedy series after I finish the Hemingway series). You should read them along with me! I know, I know I haven’t read The Paris Wife yet, what rock have I been under? I’ll be starting with The Paris Wife, and making my way through these books as soon as I finish what I’m reading now — Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. My mother told me that I should actually read everything Hemingway has ever written, but I’ll start with this series and tackle the rest later.
THE HEMINGWAY SERIES