I am greatly enjoying this summer. Partly because a great deal of it has been spent among close friends — and partly because almost as much of it has been spent pouring over textbooks, and picking out dorm room decor. (Eeep!! More on that later.)
But one of the undeniable best parts has been visiting the library
several times a week occasionally, and filling up on words. Finding the time to read for pleasure throughout the school year is pretty much impossible, so during the summer I tend to turn into a rage monster that consumes every literary work in sight.
Right now I am currently in the midst of three different books. Yes, I may have a problem.
Catch Me if You Can is a memoir about a 16 year old con artist. The book follows him as he masquerades as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. (He may take on more “vocations” but I haven’t actually finished the book yet.) Gulp, which I have just started, appears to be a very, umm, informative book about the functions of the alimentary canal. And Orange is the New Black is Piper Kerman’s memoir concerning her 15 month stint in prison. It’s now a show on Netflix, and has an almost cult like following on the interwebs… But I thought that the book might be a more accurate, less glamorized depiction of her actual experience. (And on a side note, I apparently like to read books about criminals.)
And this summer I discovered… Drumroll please… Books about ballet! I am positively obsessed with ballet, and I’ve been going through withdrawals ever since the summer intensives ended. I read Bunheads, a book about a young dancer in the New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. (It’s fictional, and it’s a good light read for dancers.) And then I read Life in Motion, the biography of Misty Copeland — who just so happens to be the American Ballet Theater’s first African American soloist. Finally, I read Dancing Through It, Jenifer Ringer’s biography. (She is recently retired from the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer.)
I loved, loved, LOVED both of the biographies; particularly Jenifer Ringer’s. While Copeland’s focused more on the racial discrimination in the very white world of ballet, Jenifer’s focused on the unrealistic pressure to be drastically thin, as well as her experience as a Christian working in the performing arts.
I found both of their stories to be extremely interesting and inspiring — especially Jenifer’s. She speaks candidly about faith and body image, which are both topics that do not pertain to ballet exclusively. Jenifer was publicly criticized about her weight (in the TIMES no less,) and handled the whole situation with grace. You can watch her awesome interview with the Today show here: TODAY: ‘Fat’ ballerina: “I’m not overweight” Watch it! She’s the real deal folks.
I still have a mountain of books I’m hoping to work my way through before school starts in August. Right now The Color Purple, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Flowers for Algernon, A Moveable Feast, and a book about Ben Carson are included in the pile. (Ugh, why does school have to start in 3 weeks? I have such mixed feelings about this.)
I feel as if I have rambled enough for one day. What have you been reading?