Continuing with my 30 Days of Gratitude, I am thankful for the great stories woven by men and women through history and my ability to enjoy them.
Day #19 – Reading is Fundamental
Watching my younger son carry an over-full book bag and having a few books in his hand – Catcher in the Rye, On the Road, and a couple of others – got me to thinking this morning how much our boys love reading, and how much Lisa and I love it as well. I don’t read nearly as much as I would like, or as I have at various points in my life.
But I do try to keep a book going at all times – and to remind myself that if I am ‘done’ it is OK to set it aside rather than force myself to finish, because what generally happens is non-reading stuff takes over.
Right now I am reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and even a few pages in I am already engaged … it looks like it deserves the high praise!
So here are 5 books I love:
1. Kurt Vonnegut – Cat’s Cradle – my favorite Vonnegut book and one of my all-time faves. I have re-read this dozens of times and always discover something new.
2. Isaac Asimov – Foundation Trilogy – yes this is a cheat choosing all three books, but it is really essential reading for the sci-fi genre, but is much more than that.
3. Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 – although technically dated, the heart of this book is the character study of the interface of people and information and freedom.
4. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 100 Years of Solitude – this sprawling tale of many generations of the Buendia family captured my imagination as a teen and never left. I have re-read a few times and always love it.
5. Sherwood Anderson – Winesburg, Ohio – Anderson (no relation) transports you to a small town just after the turn of the century. While there is a central character, the stories are told through the loneliness and despair that permeates the people of the town and the town itself.
This is not a new topic for me, here are some of my earlier takes on books:
Spill It Sunday Book Edition
The Facebook ’10 Books That Stayed With You’ Meme Post
Sunday Runday, Paleo Guest Post #2, Weekly Recap and my ‘Four Books’
10 Books That Touched You
Do you love to read? Recommend me a (non-running) book?
And how can I pass up finishing this with Weird Al?!?