Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29

I felt like a little girl coming out of the library this morning, with my arms full of so many books I thought I might drop one on the ground. It's ridiculous; I'll never be able to read them all in the 3 weeks I have them for, and what the librarian at the desk DIDN'T know is that I already have 4 books at home. I've been wanting so badly to find a book like A Prayer for Owen Meany that I just finished - interesting so I don't want to put it down, and yet startlingly meaningful. I want a book that will make me grow somehow, but unfortunately there's no way to search that in the library catalog. So I came home with The Cider House Rules, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and These is my Words. I also got a book of short stories by Mark Twain and Escape, a story about a woman who escaped from polygamy.
(I feel like I should explain myself on that last one, because it's kind of sensationalist, I know. I ran across the show "Sister Wives" the other day, and now I have an inexplicable morbid fascination with polygamy. It's kind of weird but I think it's so interesting that people really live that way.)
Anyway, I would love suggestions on anything you've read recently that was simply wonderful and life-changing. I have all this free time (I've decided to go with the word "funemployed" to describe my situation) and I've decided to use it well, instead of lying around hating myself all day.


  1. Into Thin Air is great, as is A Glass Castle. I have both if you're still in Provo and would like to borrow either one. Both are riveting and really made me think about life.

  2. You need to read "Three Cups of Tea." It is delightful. Have fun with the funemployment! You have a great attitude. Oh, have you finished the "Hunger Games" series? I think you need a kindle, my dear!

  3. Wow, you do read a lot. I think the Kindle would be great for you. I usually read a book every week and a half. I just finished Discovering by Rodney Stark and thought it was pretty good. Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden is also very interesting as it chronicles the rise and fall of one of the most notorious cocaine smugglers of all time. We should be friends on good reads and then we could check out each other's books.

  4. Thanks for the ideas, guys! I'm so excited to look into these.
    Matt- We're actually living in the D.C. area now, but I appreciate the offer!