Book Post Series: Laura, of Literary Legs

{ ramblings of a lit major turned mommy blogger }

About: Literary Legs began as a weblog for creative writers and poets. It is a place to engage in discussion, access writing prompts, and discover valuable resources for artistic expression. 'Legs' is also a place for mummies to talk and share and read and write!

What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading a couple different books. I’m reading Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. The Marquez book is winning out, though. I’ve sort of been neglecting the other.

Do you like it so far?
I’m thoroughly enjoying Love in the Time of Cholera. The prose is magical and really just gorgeous! Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells stories at such a perfect pace and with such attention to detail, you feel part of the world he’s created. And he doesn’t spare the reader, emotionally; there’s just such a glut of emotion in his books!

What book made the most impact on your life?
This is SUCH a difficult question! I would have to give you a quick handful: Fiction: The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath, Wetlands by Charlotte Ruche, Disgrace by J.M Coetzee. Nonfiction: In Search of Fatima by Ghada Karmi, The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Wall, Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard.

Do you use a Kindle?
I do use my Kindle on occasion. I would probably use it more if my actual device were not broken and I did not have to use Kindle for iphone.  My [broken] Kindle is the very first model they came out with. Right now, I covet a Kindle Fire.

Do you like it better than actual books?
As much fun as Kindle is (and convenient!) there’s still just something about turning real pages for me. So I would have to say I enjoy reading actual books more than I enjoy reading from my kindle.

What’s on your reading list for 2012?
Reading list 2012: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez), The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver), The Joy-Luck Club (Amy Tan), Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris), and Super Sad True Love Story (Gary Schteyngart). 

What book made you laugh the hardest?
I remember laughing all the way through four Kurt Vonnegut novels when I was taking an intensive course in college. It doesn’t even matter which books they were—ALL of Vonnegut’s works are a riot! A few of his books are very serious at the same time, though, which is interesting. Sometimes tears are streaming down your face, even though you know what he’s describing is no laughing matter.

Cry most?
I probably cried the most when I read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. It was absolutely devastating.

If you could be a character in any book, who would you choose?
If I could be a character in any book, I’d probably be Charles Ryder, from Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. Maybe I just related to his character a lot. He’s very introspective and sometimes nostalgic. His worldview is unique.

... Thanks, Laura!

Interested in participating in this book post series?  
Email me at ladaisi.blogspot.com, 
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  1. Thank you for doing this book series Lauren. (And thank you for sharing Laura!) I am always looking for good book recommendations. This has been super helpful to me!

  2. Thank you for doing this book series Lauren. (And thank you for sharing Laura!) I am always looking for good book recommendations. This has been super helpful to me!

  3. I love Laura's blog. Such a sweet, lovely writer.

  4. A lot of these have been on my reading list for awhile now, actually - GONNA DO IT!


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