"I cannot live without books." -Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lately, I've read some very good books. I like to read, finding it a nice hobby and a way to learn without sitting in a stuffy classroom. Usually, however, I always end up reading books that are depressing. I don't know why I do this to myself! I think I just like "real" situations. I crave memoirs and historical fiction/non-fiction. I eat up any fictional book that has characters with "real" problems. In the past five months, I have read a book about a lady who kills her elderly mother, a child soldier in Sierra Leone, the life of an Indian woman living on a reservation, a Holocaust victim and her family, a wallflower who was sexually molested, a family living in the slums during the industrial era, a modern black women who goes back in time to be a slave, two social commentaries on why the world is not succeeding, and a book titled "The Most Evil Men and Women in History." Meanwhile, my husband giggles to himself while he reads Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Of course, I like reading these kinds of books. Even the ones that are hard to swallow, because I feel like "wow, if I have a hard time reading this, think of how much harder it would be to live it." So I'm not banning myself from the selection of books I normally choose. I'm just saying it will be a while until I read a friend's suggested Thousand Splendid Suns, and instead I'll probably re-read Peter Pan for the millionth time, or All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

Next movie night: 17 Again or Confessions of a Shop-a-holic.


  1. Wow. You've sure been on a roll, there, Sylv. I think every reader at some point realizes that a book's power to uplift or depress has less to do with the content and more to do with the emotional place that the reader is in. Lemme know if you need a short/happy/funny read...I've got lots of thems too. =) My library is always open, as is my heart.

    I love talking with kindred bookies. =) You impress me.

  2. "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
    - Mark Twain

    You're inspiring.


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