Read a Book…. Any Book
About a month ago, I was in Los Angeles having dinner with one of my favorite people and she laughed at me. (Quick aside – if you are in Los Angeles, definitely head over to Marina del Rey to Killer Shrimp and order their specialty. The Killer Shrimp over rice is phenomenal. If breakfast is more your thing, don’t worry. They have a café that I ate at the next day with another one of my favorite people and they serve a Killer Shrimp Breakfast Burrito that is heavenly.)
Back to the laughter.
So, my friend laughs and says, “I get a kick out of your Goodreads book list. I see some of the titles and can’t imagine you reading them.” At the time, she was referring to my reading The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by Mary Simses. What can I say? It had a yummy looking cover. And it left me craving blueberry pancakes and blueberry muffins and blueberry preserves.
My book list is kind of like my iTunes list – strangely diverse with little rhyme or reason. For me, books can stretch my mind or they can quiet it. They stimulate me intellectually or they remind me to not take life too seriously all the time. Sometimes I pick a title that everyone’s raving about, sometimes I completely judge a book by its cover (I love blueberries), and sometimes I just like the way the book feels and smells in my hands. I may be selecting it for travel on a plane or for napping on a beach or for discussion with my colleagues at A Woman’s Place. Basically, I can always find something to read.
Tomorrow, September 6, is Read a Book Day. Do it. Visit a library, pick one, and read a book. It’s an inexpensive holiday that’s easy to celebrate. It may take you away, it may break your heart, it may make you laugh, and it will expand your world. Whatever your preference, read a book.
In case you aren’t sure where to start… here are some of my suggestions:
American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics by Roland Merullo
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Travelling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story by Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Love and Not Destroy by Sandra Carey Cody
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
READ A BOOK!
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