Thursday, January 19, 2006
(Remember when Pizza Hut bribed kids to read with pizza? Works for me. Do they still do that?)
I so love a good story. Give me well-written book with characters I love, and I’m just one happy chick. Sometimes it’s not even a story, but a book with insight and wisdom that really captures me. I put it down and say, “Wow, I needed that. I learned something new today.”
“A book ought to be an ice pick to break up the frozen sea within us.” -- Frank Kafka
“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested.” – Francis Bacon
Call me weird (you already do, I know) but I love to record throughout the year the titles I’ve read and their authors. It’s fun to look back and see how my tastes have or haven’t changed, and how I follow certain genres or authors. I also try to challenge myself with how many I can read in a year. I usually land somewhere between 25 and 30, depending on how crazy life is.
(This is where my sweet husband shakes his head. His reading life is all about a few good books: the Bible, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Chronicles of Narnia, and anything John Eldredge writes. Oh, and he’s also read Heir to a Dream, the story of basketball legend Pistol Pete, several times. He finds reading to be the best way to fall asleep, basically. I think the same thing about ice-fishing. Love you, Aaron!! Hopefully, I can help my boys find good “guy” books as they grow up and help them love reading as well as sports and hunting and other activities. You men who are readers, how did your love of reading happen? Through parents? teachers?)
In the fiction category, I had two favorites last year – Midwives by Chris Bohjahlian (gotta love that name) and Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. Both writers are amazing at crafting a story with characters you never forget.
A little book that rocked my world was Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. He writes about the Christian faith in such a new and original way. His book…I can’t describe this the way I want to…it just completely enlarged my view of Christ, the church, and community.
I hope this year continues to be a year of growth and discovery. Feel free to pass on any recommendations!
“This habit of reading, I make bold to tell you, is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will support you when wall other recreations are gone. It will last until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live.” --Anthony Trollope
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