if you’re a new reader, then you might be surprised to know that i’m not in school. or maybe not? who knows. but this past april i made the big decision to formally withdraw from my former college for a tossed salad of reasons. which i don’t regret in the slightest! i’ve earned my pair of big girl pants and i now have a better idea of what school i’d like to go to. which is always lovely in my book.
but since i’ve been out of school for what feels like eons. and i’m getting the odd urge to color code my notes by class. and spend all night in a library. and get overcharged for textbooks.
and to be honest, i can sort of feel like my brain is going through atrophy, if i may be so bold. so alas, a new habit. when i was in high school, i was a major bookworm, averaging around 1-2 books a week. just for pure funsies. and since i’m a nerd and track the books i read on goodreads, i was a little bit disturbed to see that i only read 28 books last year? preposterous! right? so i’m going to start a new feature called the weekly read, where i’ll review the book(s) i read that week, any funny quotes out of context (heeeheee), thoughts, and the like:
this week’s book was the lovely “love in the time of cholera” by gabriel garcia marquez.
now guys, i’ve read quite a bit of the classics. i slugged through most of hardy’s novels. and choked through “emma” by jane austen (ugh, don’t get me started on that). and i fell in love with levin and kitty from “anna karenina”.
but guys, this might be me being too bold, but this might be the best classic i have ever read. and that’s saying a lot.
and you want to know why? because anyone that can talk about dead bodies, how unrequited love oddly smells like almonds, and grown men wetting their pants with such eloquence and beauty and has me falling in love with the ever-so ordinary florentino, then you have earned my heart. plain and simple. and this book does just that.
and to the person who gets my copy of this book from the library after me, i’m so sorry that i dogeared nearly every page. i really am. and i’m sorry that the first 50 pages are basically falling out. i loved this book that much. i basically carried it with me to the gym, work, the hair salon, and under my covers on lazy sundays until i basically devoured it.
it’s that good guys. just check out these awesome quotes:
“He is ugly and sad… but he is all love.”
“There was no sleeper more elegant than she, with her curved body posed for a dance and her hand across her forehead, but there was also no one more ferocious when anyone disturbed the sensuality of her thinking she was still asleep when she no longer was.”
“Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.”
“She always had a headache, or it was too hot, always, or she pretended to be asleep, or she had her period again, her period, always her period. So much so that Dr. Urbino had dared to say in class, only for the relief of unburdening himself without confession, that after ten years of marriage women had their periods as often as threes times a week.”
i mean, how can you not love marquez?!