Reading is Making a Comeback

I’ve always loved reading. When I was a kid, my mom would take me to Barnes and Noble and buy me a ridiculous amount of books. Shirts from Limited Too that said “Varsity Cheerleading”? Nope. Had to beg Dad for those. But my mom always said she believed a book was a good investment so she’d always buy me them. I love that philosophy, and I think it’s part of the reason why reading was/is a huge part of my life.

But somewhere along the way, say in middle school and early high school, reading fell out of style. I can’t even really tell you exactly what replaced it, but I do know that it was no longer considered cool to talk about the book you read over the weekend. I had to enjoy my hobby in secret. This was problematic, because I lacked other hobbies. I was great at writing AIM away messages. I knew the entire Britney Spears discography, that might be considered a hobby. But I was horribly unathletic, even in a recreational sense. I had no volleyball or soccer or field hockey to talk about. I missed the days when simply reading a book counted for something.

But have no fear, young Lauren. Because lately I’ve noticed that reading is back and is more chic than ever before. Sure, in high school you had kids who took advanced AP Literature/English/whatever. But that wasn’t exactly en vogue. Then you had Oprah’s book club. Oprah ups the coolness factor of anything, but it doesn’t mean that girls our age were completely buying what she was selling. But in recent months, I’ve noticed that twenty-something women are all about reading.

First there was Fifty Shades of Grey. If you read this post, you know my feelings. Even so, I like that the book got people back on the reading bandwagon. Then I noticed that younger celebrities such as Lauren Conrad were embracing reading. Lauren even started a virtual book club on her website. Emily, from Cupcakes and Cashmere, also frequently discusses books on her blog. When I see girls my age in the airport and on the beach, they’re reading. I even know a lot of girls participating in real life book clubs in their respective cities. Yes, reading has become fashionable again. Maybe it’s because books are getting more interesting and targeted to our age group. Or perhaps it’s just because we’re adults and don’t care if our peers think we’re nerds. I, for one, know I’m a nerd and embrace it.

While we’re on the subject of books, there’s a book that’s on my must-read list. It’s called Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, have you heard of it? Here’s the summary from Amazon:

Marriage can be a real killer. 
   One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. 
   On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 
   As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Oooh spooky, right? This is actually a book both Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere and Lauren Conrad have mentioned. I keep seeing people in doctors’ offices and in other places reading it, and I know a few friends reading it too. This book is officially inescapable. That means it’s next on my list. If you want to check it out or buy it here’s a link:

Have you heard of it? Are you going to check it out? Have you already read it? Let me know what you thought! Worth a read?

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