Bookworm Confessions

I had leftover cookies for breakfast this morning. Then I ate a peanut butter and banana sandwich in the car on my way to the office. My favorite part of marathon training so far? Eating. Definitely the eating. 

I told Clayton I was going to make spicy Thai beef for dinner tonight (it's a recipe one of his aunts gave me at my bridal shower) and when he expressed his approval, I very genuinely inquired, "And what will YOU be having?"

For the record, I'm only in week 7 of training. We still have a loooooong way to go and a lot of groceries to burn through. But I've seriously got to start dragging my butt out of bed to run in the mornings instead of waiting until after work (which is becoming increasingly arduous because the sun is starting to sleep in later); there's just too much to do in the evenings and it's just SO HOT nowadays. I did some speedwork last night and sweat down to my socks!

Anywho, I thought I'd take a slightly different approach to my usual Courtney Confessions. I stopped inside of Half Price Books Last evening and well, this happened:

Yes, that green book is a coffee table book all about dogs! Total cost for this entire stack of books? $4.

So in honor of yesterday's splurge, here are some of my bookworm confessions:

(I apologize for the shoddy video quality.
I'm shocked that I can't find a good clip of this scene from Family Guy.)

1.) I'm embarrassed to admit this, but if a book has an Oprah's Book Club sticker on it, I'll probably read it. Even if the book has an ugly cover and sounds like the most boring plot in the universe, Oprah's coveted stamp of approval instantly makes me think it's worth a shot. What can I say, I trust that woman. 

2.) I'm a huge fan of novels that take place in the 1960s. (Hence my purchasing one of my favorites, Hearts in Atlantis.) Life in this decade is fascinating as it was surrounded by so many important social, political and cultural changes. Gender studies was my concentration in college and I did a lot of course work in that area, particularly on women during this decade (when birth control pills were first introduced and women could choose careers over child rearing, something totally unheard of until then). Some of my favorite novels set in the 60s include The Help, The Secret Life of Bees, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. If you have some other suggestions, you best let me know!
3.) One of my all-time favorite characters from literature is Matilda from Roald Dahl's book of the same name. There's just something about the genius child/clueless parents dichotomy that I find so charming and loveable. Matilda's telekinesis "pranks" on her family are well-meaning because she is one little girl who has had enough of being made to feel inferior for being smart and curious. (P.S. The movie is equally adorable. Danny Devito does a great job portraying her sleazy car-salesman father and Matilda is played by that cute little nugget with the dimples in Mrs. Doubtfire.)

4.) When we were learning to read in kindergarten, I got bumped to the advanced reading circle before everyone else in my class and got to read a book about lightning bugs. The fact that I still remember that speaks volumes about my ego, and the fact that I like to REMIND people about it makes it even worse.

What's your favorite book?


  1. i love Matilda and im really into old books! i love Alice in wonderland, stig of the dump, what katy did, things like that . ( im a kid btw) do u know any good kids books?


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