I used to read at breakneck speed. When the last Harry Potter book came out, which is just a nice during the weekend, I holed up in my room and finished it in 12 hours. Intense.
During my semester break uni days, because no money so beggars can't be choosers, we went to the library. By we I mean me , my mom and my 2 little brothers. So usually by the end of 2 weeks I had read all of my 5 books, and my mom 5. Brothers punye tak because children book meh.
Sekaranggg.... 2 bulan la nak habiskan Sophie's Choice. And it was an interesting read, it was a good book. Not great, but suspenseful, nicely writte, well drawn out characters and interesting issues. Issues of growing up, acceptance, sex, illnesses, wars. It is not a light read but it is not heavy either.
I had always wanted to read Sophie's Choice, because pop culture references. Doesn't it drives you mad when people keep on quoting things you have no idea of. So this is why. I am surprised to find that I enjoyed it. And the book has a twist. It has a mystery on it. If pop culture have not ruined it, I would have enjoyed it more, but I guess this is why it was refer/quoted again and again.
About the book? Oh it is about a young man living in a boardinghouse just after WW2 and met a couple, an Auschwitz survivor (Sophie) and her charismatic American boyfriend. The novel delves into their lives during that year, their relationship and Sophie story in Poland.
Like I said, it was a good book. The characters are rich, flawed, beautifully thought out. Sophie is what we can be when we are faced with life toughest test, I think that is why she resonate so with so many readers. She is not heroic, not brave, not wise. She just try to live with what life had given her.
So next book? Oh I am reading my Anne series. My comfort book. This time Anne House of Dreams. It is an apt book to read again after I had a baby. Don't you find after sometimes, movies or books that you had watched/read before 5 or 10 or 20 years ago felt differently when you read it again?