Welcome BACK to my Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!
I know, I know, I switched to In Bed With a Book meme, but I’m switching back. I’m done trying to make this a blog hop, but still feel free to participate! Maybe someday I’ll try to make it happen as a blog hop again, but right now I feel like Gretchen trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.
This morning I’m reading:
Paper Towns by John Green
I’m currently listening to this one, and I hope to finish it today, on the car ride to and from book club brunch. I’m enjoying it, although it’s a little nerd boy/manic pixie girlish. Although I think the hype surrounding John Green is a bit much, there’s just not a lot of male writers in the YA community and his books definitely appeal to both sexes. For me, reading John Green, is like watching a favorite episode of Dawson’s Creek. The dialogue is witty, the characters may be whiny, but they’re well developed, and there’s a strong sense of quirk- I love quirk. The first half of the book was a little more fun than the search for Margot has been so far. But my favorite quote happened recently in the book. Q is complaining to Radar about their friend Dave, when Radar says this:
“You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual and for never being interested in anything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking me about how it’s going with my girlfriend – but I don’t give a shit, man, because you’re you. My parents have a shit ton of black Santas, but that’s okay. They’re them. I’m too obsessed with a reference website to answer my phone sometimes when my friends call, or my girlfriend. That’s okay, too. That’s me. You like me anyway. And I like you. You’re funny, and you’re smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually.”
I love this quote, because it’s like a moment of self-awareness. Radar gets it, but Quentin is still learning. Radar gets what takes most people a lot longer to figure out, and he’s easily my favorite character. I hope his character in the upcoming movie gets to have the same role and importance as he does in the book.
What are you reading (or wish you had time to read) this morning? Are you reading the book you thought you’d be reading, or has today found you with a surprise?