The Many Flavors Of Books
Comfort (chocolate): These books are so happy and fun they always give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Ironically, I fell in love with a lot of them as an adolescent. Examples: Harry Potter, Ella Enchanted, Anna and the French Kiss, Can You Keep A Secret?
Beach (coconut): Books that keep me entertained while I’m in a happy vacation buzz. They tend to be shorter and more dramatic without getting too intense. Examples: The Legend Trilogy, The Rosie Project, The Thirteenth Tale
Thought-provoking (non-fat frozen yogurt): These reads open my mind or challenge my world view in some way. They can be classics, beautifully written with complex themes, or highlighting a different culture or important issue. Examples: Great Expectations, The Master and Margarita, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Reason I Jump
Morning (Ben&Jerry’s Phish Food): These books are so emotionally heavy or invoke such horrifying images that I can’t read them right before bed. But it’s important that I read them, hence I do so when there’s plenty of daylight out. Examples: The Shining, 13 Reasons Why, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Inspirational (milkshake): These reads make me think anything is possible. They might be traditionally inspirational books or, for me, writing-related books that ignite hope. Examples: The Alchemist, The Secret, Writing The Breakout Novel, Plot & Structure
Like the perfect ice cream sundae, a combination is sometimes best. Which is why I like to read a couple different flavors at one time. If we take this analogy one step further, the sundae toppings could represent the perfect atmosphere: a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea, a glass of wine and a cat purring in your lap.
Now I really must end this post because I have a, uh, meeting with Ben&Jerry…
Do you have different flavors of books? What are your favorite flavors?
What I’m reading: An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green
What I’m listening to: OneRepublic — Love Runs Out