So, you may be wondering how my reading challenge is going (for those of you who don’t know I’m trying to finish 40 books in one year)…drumroll, please…
Can you believe it guys! Only 21 books to go! 6 books in a month! If I could do that every month that’s like 72 books in a year!!! I don’t see that happening but a girl can dream can’t she?!
So here is a quick summary of the books I’ve finished in the last month:
(((SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!!! BEWARE BEWARE)))
The Tao of Pooh – This book was so simple and beautiful. It really taught me about the way I look at the world. How you look at your world, or your problems, or your life, matters…it really does. Favorite quote: “Within each of us there is an Owl, a Rabbit, an Eeyore, and a Pooh. For too long, we have chosen the way of Owl and Rabbit. Now, like Eeyore, we complain about the results. But that accomplishes nothing. If we are smart, we will choose the way of Pooh. As if from far away, it calls to us with the voice of a child’s mind. It may be hard to hear at times, but it is important just the same because, without it, we will never find our way through the forest.”
Anne of Avonlea #2 – This series is really killing me. In a good way, with all the feels! I mean how can you not feel for poor Gilbert who can’t get scared, set-in-her-ways Anne to notice how much he cares. *sigh* And I just relate to Anne so much! I’m Sarah with an H. With my rosy-apple-like cheeks and the freckles across my nose, I have a soft spot in my heart for this girl! I wish to be more like her. To hold myself to a higher standard. To put others before myself with kindness. To do my best in the face of adversity and keep my precious imagination to entertain me along the way. 😍 Favorite quote(s): “Gilbert stretched himself out on the ferns beside the Bubble and looked approvingly at Anne. If Gilbert had been asked to describe his ideal woman the description would have answered point for point to Anne, even to those seven tiny freckles whose obnoxious presence still continued to vex her soul.” (Doesn’t that just make your heart melt!)
Anne speaking: “Now, my name just smacks of bread and butter, patchwork, and chores.” Diane responds: “Oh, I don’t think so…Anne seems to me real stately and like a queen. But I’d like Kerrenhappuch if it happened to be your name. I think people make their names nice or ugly just by what they are themselves. I can’t bear Josie or Gertie for names now but before I knew the Pye girls I thought them real pretty.”
“That’s a lovely idea, Diana,” said Anne enthusiastically. “Living so that you beautify your name, even if it wasn’t beautiful, to begin with…making it stand in people’s thoughts for something so lovely and pleasant that they never think of it by itself. Thank you, Diana.”
The Old Man and the Sea – This is the first book I’ve ever read by Ernest Hemingway. I was extremely disappointed. I’ve heard so much fanfare about how great, insightful, and genius, that is Hemingway the author. I cannot tell you how terrible this book was. If it had an underlying message or metaphor it was way too hidden and minuscule. It’s just the story of an older fisherman who fights for days with an 18-foot fish. Once he finally kills it, he has gone so far out to sea that he gets followed by sharks the whole way home. By the time he reaches his village, there is nothing left but the bones. I looked for a moral of strength through difficulty or that age is just a number, but NOPE. Nothing! It was so pointless. I hate to talk about a legend like this but how in the world did this book (the last book he ever published) EVER get a Pulitzer Prize!?
Obviously, I have no favorite quote. 😝
Tuck Everlasting – This was the most beautiful book I have read in a long, long time. The idea that you could live forever is a fun thought but this book takes that childish dream and extends it until you see what immortality would really mean. Winnie is a young 10-year-old girl who feels trapped but once she meets the Tucks she is introduced to a different, messier, complicated world. She absentmindedly wishes, “It’d be nice…if nothing ever had to die.” But the Tucks show her that living forever could be just as fatal as death. Mortality is a gift. It makes life precious. Abundance is great but it usually diminishes everything into endless nothingness.
Favorite quote (Bear with me for, yet another utterly long quote: “Winnie tried very hard not to think of it, but sometimes, as now, it would be forced upon her. She raged against it, helpless and insulted, and blurted at last, “I don’t want to die.”
“No,” said Tuck calmly. “Not now. Your time’s not now. But dying’s part of the wheel, right there next to being born. You can’t pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest. Being part of the whole thing, that’s the blessing….You can’t have living without dying. So you can’t call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.”
Every second we have is precious when we view them as such. Forever only sounds good in theory, but a moment is worth everything when you make it count.