Reading is as essential to my happiness and life as food and water. It’s nourishment for the soul. Over the weekend, I spent quite a bit of time in the bookstore adding to my stack of reads for the coming weeks and months. I’m also a very well-known at the library, because my husband would have serious issues if I brought that many books into the house to take up permanent residence.
This weekend, I added a few classics to my library. Some of the ones I picked up I’ve not read in 25+ years. While others are new to me. Here’s my list in no certain order:
1. “The Optimist’s Daughter” by Eudora Welty. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.
2. “The Collected Stories” of Eudora Welty.
3. “Going All The Way” by Dan Wakefield. Dan was one of the quintessential writers of The Beats, who’s illustrious members also include, among others, Alan Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac.
4. “IQ84” by Haruki Murakami. First published in three volumes, I’ve had friends rave about this book and wanted to tackle it based on its references to Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, among others.
5. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Again, another great voice from The Beats generation.
6. Bullfinch’s Mythology. While Bullfinch wasn’t the most exciting writer, I love mythology and it’s nice to see the sections pointing out mythological references in works by Shakespeare, Milton, etc.. My son would tell me I’ve hit the height of nerdvana.
While I won’t bore you with the complete list, nor will I promise this will be a regular feature, I will say I’m enjoying reading more lately than I have in a long time. As a writer, I will say it’s essential we read. Reading keeps us on our toes, discovering new language nuances and voices.
I’m also always interested in what my friends are reading. I’ve not found a book club in my local area, so I stick with Goodreads to see what everyone is reading and find new books.
You can also find me on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/Lisa_Frame