The first book I picked up and read this month was titled Shopgirl by Steve Martin. I mostly decided to read this book because I loved the movie and thought that if the movie was good, the book should be half way decent. Well I was wrong....the book was way better than just half way decent, it was great!
I'm the type of girl that likes simple books that are easy to read and follow, so this was right up my alley. It was also really amazing how well I could relate to the main character, Mirabelle - a lonely girl working at a glove counter who is a vulnerable artistic young lady. She happens to meet an older man named Ray Porter and the rest of the story is based on their relationship and how their lives unfold with and without each other.
I think I can relate to this story the most because I work in retail, am artistic, have a lot of the same character flaws as Mirabelle, and feel that I deal with life much the same way she does from time to time, just not as drastic. Anyway, even though this book is a light read, it is very enjoyable and I'd recommend it to anyone that likes a bit of dark/realistic comedy.
The next book on my list is another Steve Martin novel - The Pleasure of My Company. I've just started reading it, so hopefully I'll have thoughts on it later this month or toward the beginning of February.