Sunday, March 15, 2009

Reading IS Fundamental

I remember that campaign from when I was a wee lass. Luckily, my parents loved to read and passed that passion on to me. So it is with a smile that I share with all of you the books I am currently reading. The library is where I go to get all my goodies, the reference desk is my second home, though I am sure the reference librarian is sick of ordering me books by now. I always like to have at least 3 in rotation, I now I have 5, oy! Here is my reading list:

The Uncommon Reader
by Alan Bennett
American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent
unChristian:What a New Generation thinks of Christianity and Why it Really Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner
The First Billion is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future by T. Boone Pickens

So why have I picked some of these?
First off, only The Uncommon Reader is a Novella, and it is very funny, the rest are all non-fiction and about topics that truly interest me. Let me tell you about unChristian and how it covers why there is a poor perception of Christians in America today. They are seen as self-righteous, anti-homosexual, sheltered, etc. It discusses how their behaviors have fueled the stereotypes that we have of most Christians. The authors talk about returning back to the true roots of Christianity, charity and compassion. I only just started it, but it is proving to be educational and enlightening so far.
For me, reading is a glorious gift. I can imagine I am Miss Bennett or get inside of the head of billionaire T Boone Pickens as he goes from Oil Man to Alternative Energy Advocate. How nerds have been around for centuries or why people in Sardinia live long, happy lives.
I like being transported by a writers words to a small hut in India, backpacking in Austria or to a dance club in West LA. To be introduced to characters I love as well as to characters I loathe.
When I meet folks who say "I never liked reading, it bores me." or "I only read magazines." I admit I feel sad for those who find it boring, but I will never condescend. Who does not love a good magazine?? Here are some of my faves: Coastal Living, Real Simple, Ready Made, Sunset.
On the right side of my blog I've listed some books I have read and loved, I may add to it or change them out every now and then. I am hoping some of you will share what you have read with me so I can pick up something new or discuss an oldie but a goodie.

Cheers! And happy reading,

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