What Are You Reading?
Today I added my Summer Reading List to my blog site. As I posted the books I am nurturing this summer, I felt a bit naked. I became aware that what I read informs me and others quite a bit about who I am, where I’ve been, what I dream about, and where my interest lies. I feel I am splayed open with book in hand and an inquirer staring on. I hesitated for a moment about posting my reads. I share them with my closest of friends, but putting them on-line for the world to see? Taking a deep breath, I reminded myself the world isn’t currently reading my post; just smart, hip, loving people (wink). Plus, I’m practicing transparency. Haven’t we all thought the same thing or shared the same emotion at some point? Shaking and hugging myself simultaneously I began posting.
One of the books I’ve recently read is Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life where he chronicles his life journey through his love of various books. Where the Wild Things Are
The Five Chinese Brothers (Paperstar) and a book about a wacky inventor were my favorite childhood reads, but I didn’t seem to read much in my pre-teen and teen years. My reading resumed in my early twenties with one of Mr. Conroy’s books The Great Santini: A Novel It was a story, turned movie about his family life as a military brat with a stern distant father. I was swept away and continue to be a loyal reader.
Fast forward to my fortieth birthday party. Each friend brought to me, as their gift, their all-time favorite book. It was by far my most memorable party. My sister, an avid People magazine reader, gave me a People compilation for that year. My friend Julie whose middle name should be justice, gave me a book by Dominique Dunne. A corporate poetry book by David Whyte was wrapped and received from my all time boss. A history of battle came from fire fighter Mike. It was so delightful. Each book screamed of my friend’s energy and told a story of what they love and who they are.
Get naked with me. Go directly to the blogsite www.soulfulresources.com and post what you’re reading now, who your favorite authors are, your all time fave book, or genre of preference.
With an Open Heart, Bonnie