Being a human
You know what we don’t talk about enough on this blog?
We don’t talk about BOOKS.
Here are the last four I read:
Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. I love this book! You learn a lot while laughing, what better book can you get? It was my father’s and marked here and there with the comments he liked to write in the margin. Some sentences were underlined, and I would wonder why. Inside the back flap, he had written down a few items he needed to pick up at the store.
Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen. This was also a wonderful book, full of magic and a beautiful thread of romance.
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith. I am eternally delighted by the success of Alexander McCall Smith. It makes me believe again.
And right now I am reading: Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott. Here are my two favorite quotes so far from this book:
“Being human can be so dispiriting. It is a real stretch for me most of the time.”
“These are the words that I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced.”
(They aren’t the words I want on my tombstone. I want something else. However, it makes one think. Because I do not think anyone would put that I was a helper, for example. That I danced, yes. But not the helper part. So that is something to think about.)
Also, I am re-reading Wyrd Sisters again, because my daughter keeps taking all my Terry Pratchett books off the shelf and dumping them in my lap, then climbing in my lap to read one page (the title page–she likes the colors), then climbing back off to put them away again, usually more crumpled than they were before. During this process, I usually sneak a glimpse of a line or two, and then I get hooked, and after she wrenches the book from my bereft hand, I sneak back in the evening and continue reading it again. I try not to do this when she is falling asleep near me, because I start laughing so hard she wakes up again.
That a mind like Terry Pratchett’s has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is another thing that makes you think, isn’t it.
So–what about you?� What are YOU reading?� Is it good?� Would you recommend it?