The one thing I’ve been really missing in my life since grad school is reading. When I was younger, I used to plow through book after book. I still remember the first book I fell in love with – Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls. I remember finishing the book on the way home from school, while sitting in the back of the bus, bawling my eyes out.
In high school, college and grad school, I read plenty; but it was all assigned reading and book lists for classes. I actually started to despise reading in college one semester when I had an English teacher who was obsessed with John Updike. Professor ? gave us hundreds of pages to read each night – we literally read the whole Rabbit series in just a couple of weeks. I’m sorry to say, this professor is probably deeply depressed, with the recent passing of you know who. Nevertheless, most of my English major classes kept me chalk full of books, from Chaucer to Yeats to Updike; and my Environmental Science readings kept me up to date on the latest research projects, policy and conservationism.
So, with the recent realization that I hardly read at all anymore, I’ve decided that 2009 should be the year of the book. As Dr. Seuss says, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I’ve joined the Ravelry group, 52 books in 52 weeks, and have already found my latest obsession with Goodreads. Come say hi if you are on there! In January I was able to finish 7 books. Yes, off to a strong start!
1. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
3. Where the Wild Things Were, by William Stolzenburg
4. Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen
5. The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan
6. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
7. In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
My favorite book by far out of these seven was, The Time Traveler’s Wife. If you are looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend this one. My other big favorite was, Where the Wild Things Were – an extremely well written book that talks about the disappearance of our keystone species. If you have any comments or questions on any of these books, feel free to email me or leave a note!
Happy February and happy superbowl Sunday!