a wallflower i’m usually not

After disclosing my resolution to read two books a month to my Work BFF™*, she said I might enjoy The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She said it was a quick read, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I brought in the Laurie Notaro book from last week and we did the geekiest thing I’ve ever done: BOOK SWAP. This was on Thursday (or maybe it was Friday) and I’m excited to say that I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower last night, which is why I was late getting to a party. (Mark this day down in history, please. Wendy was late to a party because she was reading a book.)

The book is a series of letters written over the course of about a year by a high school freshman named Charlie. We don’t really know who Charlie’s writing the letters to, as they’re all addressed to “Dear Friend”. Reading Charlie’s letters are like listening to me talk for more than 10 minutes – each thing he mentions leads him to something else and he eventually finds himself way off topic. I obviously followed it quite well.

I laughed a few times; I felt bad for Charlie more than a few times. I’m usually not in the position of being a wallflower-type of person, so to a degree, it opened my eyes to see that – hey! There are always people around like that and who knows, they could be going home to write a letter to an undisclosed person about me. And what an awesome letter it would be, I might add.

It was a really good book and I’m glad I read it. I guess that’s my main goal when reading books. I just want to a) finish the book without skimming through pages like I’m prone to do and b) be glad that I actually read it. So far, in 2007, I’m definitely 2 for 2.

I’ve been halfway through Cash: The Autobiography since November and I think that’s the next one I’m going to try to finish up. Between Knitting Club on Tuesday, Vegas this weekend, and photography class starting up next Wednesday, I may be glad that I’ve got my two books out of the way for January!

*When I worked at Best Buy, they would always make us fill out a survey about four times a year, always asking if we had a best friend at work. I’ve always thought it was extremely hilarious and that’s why I always make sure I have one. Now that I don’t work there, I should really start telling you some of the real stories from behind the scenes during my AMAZING almost three years at that place…


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