One of the things I always loved about summer was the chance to catch up on my reading. Reading for fun that is…not the “textbook and research article” reading that has marked the last few
months years of my life. A long, long time ago I would read all kinds of fiction – from travel biographies to classics and Russian novels. Lately though, it’s been reading on specific areas of nutrition…geriatric, pediatric, medical etc. Well this summer I actually managed to pick up and finish a book for fun – one that one of my friends lent me, and I’m so glad that I spent some lazy afternoons (and late nights) reading it.
Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner turned out to be a great summer read; it was light-hearted and yet it delved into the complexities of relationships, marriage, divorce and parenthood with compassion and with a refreshing clarity. Weiner, who has written Good in Bed and In Her Shoes among several other books, leaves you with a quiet sense of liking for the characters – and with a strange sense of calm about your own life. It reminds you that no-one is perfect, no relationship is perfect and everyone has flaws and doubts as well as strengths and weakness. I finished the book early this morning (thanks to a miserable bout of insomnia) and it left me with a weird feeling of “I know my life isn’t perfect but that’s OK,” and one of the phrases from the book that really stuck with me was “There’s no right way to live your life. You just do the best you can.” (Weiner, Fly Away Home, 2011). I think sometimes we all need to remember that when we’re feeling a little frazzled or unsure of some decisions.
I’ve already read Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, but I think I’m going to order her other books and try to get some more light-hearted reading in before my crazy Fall semester starts. Anyway, if you’re looking for an easy and enjoyable read that makes you feel good, I’d recommend Fly Away Home. And if you do read it, let me know what you think!
Anyone else read any good books this summer?