I am blessed to have some amazing friends. One such friend sent me two mysterious boxes over Christmas!! I opened them up, and gasped. They were full of books!!
Deep inside my Asian self, I said, "Shut.up."
(Translation: Wooohoooo! Yay!)
I've been pretty stoked about this, and these books couldn't have come at a better time.
Recently, I canceled my Netflix subscription. Yup, it was difficult to do, particularly since there are so many great films and tv shows to watch on that service. It didn't help that they invited me to come back and pay a slightly lower rate than I did before.
Nonetheless, I stuck to my guns. Why, pray tell, did I cancel my subscription? It's the same reason why I do not have cable tv.
The answer is simple. It's all about a matter of time and what the best way is for me to spend it. I have nothing against tv and entertainment in general, it's just that I value reading books and being creative so much more.
Back in the day, I was a writer and a reader. Plain and simple. Now as I get older, I've arrived at a place where I appreciate the roots from which my life has grown.
So, this year more than ever, I will read, and I will read all of the books that came in these boxes. Less TV. Fewer movies.
Here is the list of the books and their respective authors:
Promise Not To Tell by Jennifer McMahon
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
Look At Me by Jennifer Egan
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
As you can see, I have a lot of reading ahead of me.
Oh and in addition to all of the books listed, my dear sweet wonderful friend also sent me these . . .
These are books on Taoism along with 50 beautifully illustrated cards that are so pretty!!
Before I start on these new books, there are a couple of other ones I want to read first.
Currently, there's this . . .
It is a collection of essays about the life and work of one of my personal heroes, Albert Einstein. This man revolutionized the way we looked at the universe and derived ingenious ways to understand it out of doing so. This is a bit of a tough read. Anything related to Einstein's work needs to be approached in more of a dimensional and conceptual way. ( I kind of geek out on theoretical physics.) Einstein, in his personal life, certainly was not perfect, but he was a driven intellectual. He was imaginative and took many risks. Even as diminutive and somewhat slovenly as he was in his appearance, he was a giant among men. Aren't appearances always deceiving? It's all relative, I suppose.
And then, there's this . . .
This book was BD's suggestion. There are some who say that this is THE "Great American Novel". Regarded as John Steinbeck's defining work, The Grapes of Wrath is a sweeping look at a country in transition, rising reluctantly out of it's own blistering bowl of wind-swept dust.
It's a doozy /beast/monster (!!!!!) of a book, and BD was kind enough to lend me both his hard copy and the book on CD. Not sure yet which of the two I will utilize most. We'll see.
So there you have it!!! Goodness gracious that's a lot to read!! If any of you have read one or all of these books let me know what you thought of them in the comments below.
There will be an ongoing segment here on WPR entitled "Reading Will Save the World" that will serve up a small review of each book as I get done reading them.
Special thanks and tiny Asian hugs many many times over to my dear sweet wonderful friend for these fantastic books!!!!
So, what are you reading?