Reading

March 3rd

I haven’t been reading as much as usual. There was a time of my life when my parents would take away my books as punishment and make me fish.

(Today, I dream of summer vacation in Wyoming, fly fishing with family friends, and reading until the sun sets or the mosquitoes drive us indoors. Oh, to be on the Green…)

Fly fishing

I’ve fallen into watching a lot of Netflix/Hulu/PBS on my laptop. Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Sherlock, The Call of the Midwife, Castle, etc. Television seems to be better than ever.

I’m making an effort to return to reading. There is something insatiable about a great read — one I drape over my knee while commuting so I can inhale another page at red lights. It has been a good while since I’ve read something that delicious.

I’ve just finished Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” and it was entertaining. It wasn’t stop-light fantastic, but it was good and I’m interested in reading more of his writing. This book is young adult fiction, and the first hand account of a young man living among the Spokane Indians on a reservation. He decides to leave his high school for the better “white” school off the res. It is funny, poignant, crude and worth reading. The last 20 pages left me unexpectedly in tears.

“I realized that I might be a lonely Indian boy, but I was not alone in my loneliness. There were millions of other Americans who had left their birthplaces in search of a dream. I realized that sure, I was a Spokane Indian. I belonged to that tribe. But I also belonged to the tribe of American immigrants. And to the tribe of basketball players. And to the tribe of bookworms…”

It is a quick read and I think while at times heavy-handed, Alexie does a great job of expressing the difficulties a teenage boy must have living on an American Indian Reservation.

3.5 bananas, absoloodle

I am currently reading “Snobs” by Julian Fellowes of Downton fame. It is a bit hard to get started because the writing is so British and set on discussing aristocracy. But the soap opera is starting to get juicy, and there are characters named Edith and Isabel, which is easy enough to picture.

One of my many goals of 2014: read more, buy less. I will not own an e-reader or purchase more books until I have done something about the 300 pounds of books I haven’t yet read — but managed to buy. (I’m becoming good friends with the library and borrowing when necessary to stick with this economic resolution.)

Ahem.

~K

 

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6 Responses

  1. I hear libraries are where it’s at. I brought 4 books with me to AZ. I read one from cover to cover (Mindy Kaling – good vacay read); one I just can’t get that into even though I KNOW IT’S AWESOME (Book Thief); one book club entry which I have already read about 10 years ago (The Time Traveler’s Wife) & one I haven’t gotten to yet (Fallen Women)….never enough time to READ! 🙂 btw, I can’t wait to read YOUR new book…showed Steve UNDER THE SAME MOON last night & thought DANGIT I should’ve brought it and had you autograph it for me. 🙂

  2. Me too! I haven’t been reading at a good clip for awhile and I miss the feeling of not wanting to put a book down. But House of Cards, Masters of Sex, True Detective, The Following…..all are beckoning!

  3. I haven’t read a book since mother was ill last year and then when she passed I just didn’t have it in me to do anything besides breathe. I decided to change that this year and started reading all the classics again. I am hoping to ignite the fire in this former book-a-holic. I am planning to visit some used book stores to see if I can unearth some treasure to read.

  4. I have tons of books, at home hidden everywhere I can, and even in the cabinet in my office at work….sometimes I even buy books two times, in italian and in english, I see a new book, I just have to have it! Lately it’s happening to me too tough, I dropped from almost 60 books a year to barely ten/fifteen, too much distraction on other fronts I guess, and yes sometimes I missed the intimacy of reading a book…………

  5. Have you read Call the Midwife? The book is really good and it’s fun to see that characters as they really were and then also watch the show.

  6. Kelli,

    I listened to The Absolutely True Diary on audiobook and found Sherman Alexie’s narration to be superb. Perhaps it was his accent or his manner of speaking, but it truly added so much to the story. Yes it’s no Power of One or Edgar Mint, but definitely an enjoyable read.

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