All posts tagged: Pittsburgh reading

Good Reads

Neither of these books are, well, fabulous.  But, both of them are good reads.  What makes a good read? 1) A good read isn’t life altering.  It’s just a book.  The characters won’t drive you crazy, you won’t cry as you try to fall asleep, you won’t quiver in your pajamas. 2) A good read has enough of a well-developed plot that you want to finish the book and feel engaged, but you aren’t going to take a sick day to plough through it. 3) A good read is well crafted without being so well written that you need to keep a dictionary next to you at all times so that you can figure out what is going on.  Interesting without being intellectual. Engaging without being complicated. I hope that these authors don’t find this personal definition of a “good read” discouraging or negative in any way.  The truth is that I love to read and I need as many good reads in my life as possible.  My life is demanding and between the kids …

Language and Love

The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu This is a fabulous novel, a great read and especially recommended for anyone with specific interest in language and identity and the role of language in our relationships.  For anyone who has played the part of the “expat”, the “native” or the “alien”, this novel will both remind and revise how you think language may have played a role in your experiences. This book is recommended by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, an avid reader and independent yoga instructor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Find out more about her classes and teacher training programs online