Happy Friday, Readers! Welcome to my brand-new blog and the first edition of Friday Reads. Starting a reading blog on a Friday sure makes coming up with a first post easier.
I look forward to going home from the office later today and curling up with a good book, some peace and quiet, and the knowledge that the weekend has begun. Here’s what I’m reading now and hope to read in the future.
Currently Reading: “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach
So much of one’s life was spent reading; it made sense not to do it alone.
Before I bought this book, I had heard quite a lot about it. I contemplated the meaning of the title for quite some time sans research, missing the perhaps-obvious clue of the typography. It wasn’t until I began reading that I realized it was about baseball, and if I had known that, I probably would have picked it up a lot sooner.
The fact is, I love literature and I love baseball so for me, this is a sublime combination. I remember reading the Baseball Card Adventures series by Dan Gutman in elementary school, but I wasn’t into baseball then and haven’t picked up a baseball-related book since. Since my team has been in a long-running rut this season, this is the perfect book to get my baseball kicks.
I’m about a fifth of the way through (it’s a dense 500+ page-turner) and I love it. Something about the way Harbach writes baseball action makes it so visual and real. Trust me when I say, you don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it. It’s also about love, literature, friendship, and escaping parental expectations in college.
To Read: The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Between A Song of Ice and Fire, Divergent, and the MaddAddam trilogy, I really don’t need to be picking up another hefty (incomplete) fantasy series. However, I recently (as in yesterday) discovered, they’re making movies. The book reviews have been mixed at best, but something about a literary-film conversion makes me feel like I just need to read the book. While it’s unlikely I’ll get to it before the release, it’s getting added to my to-read pile. Due to the inconsistancy of reviews, give me your feedback. Is the series worth a read?
That’s my first post, folks. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what make up your Friday Reads.