“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
― Stephen King, ‘Salem’s Lot
Dear Fellow Book Bloggers:
This past year has been brutal on me mentally and emotionally, but I seem to be turning the corner. It’s safe to say that my reading has largely gotten me through to the other side. I have been home since January (nearing the one-year mark quickly) and got my ass back on campus (where I belong) this past summer. I have largely neglected the blog, which I consistently find myself doing, because of these and other reasons. But that’s no excuse. I’m still here. Still breathing…still reading.
My method is a little mad, I check out way too many books from my local libraries (public and school) and I return probably half of them without ever having cracked the spine. Plus my mad desire to possess as many books as possible, including digital titles from OverDrive. I’ve heard that’s normal: “The book borrower…proves himself to be an inveterate collector of books not so much by the fervor with which he guards his borrowed treasures…as by his failure to read these books” (Walter Benjamin) So I just tell non-readers what my reading life is like, and if they don’t understand I shrug it off and realize it’s because they’re not readers! It’s obviously an insider deal where you don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve tried it.
My Mom often looks at me reading another book and says “I had no idea the habit I was starting when I read you the Poky Little Puppy as a child.” I bet she didn’t, but no one who loves me is complaining! My (still mostly in tact) massive collection of Little Golden Books were all responsible for the reading addiction (never an affliction!) I support today. My readage (and subsequent tolerance) has increased steadily through elementary school, middle school, high school (too much Shakespeare for my tastes), and on into college (now not enough Shakespeare, maybe? lol). I don’t deny any book with an interesting title or cover, and I don’t even mind if it was written by a porn star (side note: who’s going to write your best erotica? Not EL James, my friends, but Jenna Jameson, true story). I am a complete junkie and there’s nothing I can do about it now.
The fact that I have progressed from The Poky Little Puppy to Sugar by Jenna Jameson is enough proof that once you start young children on the road to reading, there’s no telling what they’ll be reading by their teens or 20s. There’s also no telling what the knowledge gleamed from reading over the years will help them achieve in life, so don’t discount the importance of reading to them and supporting their individual reading habits.
Anyway, here’s a condensed list of the books I’d like to power through this fall and on into winter, because I don’t believe in rushing a good reading experience! Due dates, what are due dates?
(In no particular order)
* Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker
* Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, Randall Sullivan
* In the Name of Love: Romantic Ideology and Its Victims, Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, Ruhama Goussinsky
* Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs, David Grimm
* Abroad, Katie Crouch
* Someday, Someday, Maybe, Lauren Graham
* The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
* Stray (Shifters #1), Rachel Vincent (currently reading via OverDrive)
* A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1), Deborah Harkness (currently reading)
* Jack the Ripper: The Forgotten Victims, Paul Begg (currently reading)
Good luck to me and happy fall reading everyone!