I am a shlub . . .

31 Aug

But, I’m an unabashed shlub.

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I have a degree in English Language and Literature. By rights, I should be staying up too late reading high literature.  My literary decisions should be between re-reading Moby Dick (not gonna happen, folks!) or some obscure poet translated from his or her original language (probably not going to happen either).

Instead, I read for fun.  I read to relax.  I read for pure pleasure.

One of the many, many reasons I’m glad I have a Kindle is that I can read for pure pleasure and no one has any idea what I’m actually reading.

I can read a hot, steamy romance novel that borders on the pornographic or I can read a quick, intense mystery where the evil doer is clear to all from page 3.  And, it looks just the same as if I am reading Sherlock Holmes (which I might also be doing, thank you very much).

I have friends who love to recommend books.  I was looking at my overloaded bookshelves the other day and realized that I have six books sitting there that were highly recommended, that I started, that I couldn’t bear to finish.

My bumper sticker should say, “Life is too short to read painful, dull, obtuse books.”

I like my books to be fun, well-written, with great characters and humor and if I feel something while I’m reading, all the better.  Make me laugh.  Make me cry.  Make me frown with anger.  Make me pant a little at your hot monkey sex.  I’m a fan!

I am also a devoted reader.  If your books work for me, I’ll read them all.  I’ll buy them and read them and often re-read them.

I just found an author who I love.  I’m working my way through her books right now.  Her name is Kristan Higgans.  Her books are light and frothy but also make me laugh, cry, and all of that other stuff.  She writes with a delicacy that is refreshing.  She’s definitely a niche writer . . . her books have a similar feel to them but wow do they work for me.

See, here’s the thing.  I love to read.  I want to be transported away to another place and live another life.  I want to cry with the heroine when things are bad but with Kristan Higgins, I also find myself laughing out loud as I read too.

This, of course, annoys the heck out of Greg as I tend to read in bed while he’s asleep.  Oh well.  If any of this appeals to you, check out Kristan Higgins’ books and give her a try.  If not, find something that does work for you but for goodness sake, read!

And, me, I’ll be the one a little bleary-eyed with my students today because I read a little too long in bed last night.  Yawn!


11 Responses to “I am a shlub . . .”

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook 31 August, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    I love good book suggestions! I’ll be sure to check her out. It’s tough for me to pass by the stacks of books at Costco without grabbing one for my “pile.” Sadly, my pile is getting pretty tall as my reading time has been so limited this summer. I was just telling Art last night that I’m starting to feel a major book craving coming on! I should be able to find something in my pile….

    I just counted- 36 books in my to-read pile….

    • lizalee 31 August, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

      I had to take a break from buying books until I got my unread list cooled down on my Kindle so I feel your pain. I really try to buy the inexpensive books. Best-sellers are just over-the-top expensive.

  2. Phyllis 31 August, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    huh. no wonder we’re friends. I have a master;s in french (concentration in 17th century lit, plus a sideline in linguistics). All grad school did for me was turn me off of books completely for years…

    and Kristan Higgins just won the rita for contemporary single title last month (whoops. end of july, so 2 months now). it’s the romance writer’s of america award – and the 2nd time she’s won.*sigh* someday….

    • lizalee 31 August, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

      I used to be a member of the RWA. I probably should join again . . . it might motivate me to get off my butt (metaphorically speaking) and write a damn book. 🙂 Higgins is very formulaic in her writing but within that formula, she’s really creative. I liken it (and here’s the lit major in me coming out) to writing a sonnet . . . very structured and predictable . . . except in the hands of a master.

      I’m so impressed with your degree. I still need to get my masters (as a teacher, I get more pay if I have a masters) but it won’t be in lit. I thought about it and I would have focused on Renaissance English Literature. I enjoyed lit classes from teachers who loved the lit. But Lit Criticism classes just ticked me off!

      We do have similar interests. It’s pretty cool!

  3. Mary Carlson 31 August, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    I guess I’m a shlub, too – whatever that is. 🙂
    I bought the Barnes & Noble Nook back in mid-February, and I take it everywhere with me. And like you, I read for fun and pleasure. It seems that we enjoy the same types of books, too. I haven’t tried any of Kristan Higgins (yet!), but she’s on my wish list for ebooks. eBooks I have recently read and thoroughly enjoyed are: Hide by Lisa Gardner; One Shot by Lee Child; Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon; and Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin. I highly recommend all of them. As for romance books, I’ve been reading Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series. Her third of the series, “Back on Blossom Street,” had me laughing and crying. And I also stay up too late reading!

    • lizalee 31 August, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

      I haven’t read any Debbie Macomber in awhile but I usually enjoy her books. I’ll check out the others. Thanks, mary. And, I don’t really know what a shlub is either . . . it’s possible I made it up! 😀

      • lizalee 3 September, 2010 at 6:12 am #

        Oh, I checked in the online Merriam-Websters.

        Definition of SCHLUB
        slang : a stupid, worthless, or unattractive person

  4. Wende 2 September, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    I have a theory about the correlation between your level of education and what’s on your reading list. Hint: I read Vogue. 😀

    • lizalee 3 September, 2010 at 5:54 am #

      🙂 I think that’s a good correlation . . .

  5. Nature Woman 8 September, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Ohhh, now this *is* the best reason to buy a Kindle I’ve heard yet! I totally love to read, too, and my bookshelves are way too full now. I was trying to decide which books need to go this morning, and ummm, I couldn’t pick any. But with a Kindle, I wouldn’t have that problem!

    • lizalee 9 September, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

      I look at my full bookshelves and I long for a “turn-in” program where I can trade in the books I don’t need in hardback (almost all of them) and get the ones I want to re-read on the Kindle. Sigh. Someday . . .

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