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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I read portions of Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century a couple of years ago when an excerpt of the book was in Vanity Fair magazine–and I was reminded of it in a recent WWW post. This was a great read because it was pure escapism–it had absolutely nothing to do with my life! I don’t drink to excess on a daily basis, I don’t give or receive enormous jewels, and I don’t hop from country to country to avoid paying taxes. I also think that I’m happier than these stars were on most days–if there’s anything that proves that money and fame can’t buy happiness, it’s the story told in this book.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I decided to stick with the marriage theme, so I picked up a backlisted novel from several years ago. Outtakes From a Marriage by Ann Leary is the story of an ordinary couple who marry young–and then several years later the husband becomes a famous actor, while the wife remains a stay-at-home mom to their two children. The book begins when the wife accidently hears a suspicious voicemail message meant for her husband. So far it’s a really good read — I care about the characters and the dialogue is believable. I’m about half-way through and am hoping to finish it in the next day or so.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
This is always subject to change, but right now I’m thinking that, instead of digging into another book right away, I’m going to tackle the stack of Smithsonian magazines that are living in a stack by my bed. I love Smithsonian–mostly because the articles are always relevant and they never seem dated, and there are ALWAYS several long articles in each issue that catch my interest. I have several months worth of these to catch up on–sounds like a perfect way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon!
What about you? Have you read any of these books? What are you reading, or planning to read? Please share!