"Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her."
Since I spent most of last weekend reading Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw, I’m gonna talk about Jesse Austin.
Jesse starts the novel just having come in second in some Olympic ladies’ swimming event. I never watch the Olympics, so I have no idea what it is. The one where you swim to the end of one side of the pool, then swim back. I’m not gonna get into my feelings about how this seems kind of stupid, but okay. I like Jesse enough to be happy she’s really good at something.
So, the novel flashes “forward” to 1990, which is like 20 years later, and shows where she would’ve ended up by choosing something different three times in the same situation. Her sense of self and calm varies, but overall she stays a pretty strong person who’s kind of lost and has a horrible relationship with her mother. She never gets really dependent in a relationship, which I like, and stays an individual throughout.
Otherly, I'm about halfway through Water for Elephants and still kind of embarrassingly into it. I have Big Plans for tomorrow, which mainly involve reading at an awesome location that will hopefully cure my internet-wrought ADD (thanks, Procrastinating I Did in College) for at least an afternoon. If all pans out I shall post pictures. Pictures that it is probably frowned upon to take, but oh well. I fear nothing! Aside from a harsh scolding, so maybe I'll wait until everyone's out of the room.