Note: this was initially posted on one of my old, personal blogs, back on January 30, 2010. There are some “current” event clues that may suggest so… I stumbled across it recently, and thought the discussion worth re-hashing, as I am constantly in search of the Next Good Book. I’d love to hear y’alls thoughts on great reads.
What’cha Reading: In Search of the Next Good Book
The author of one of America’s most beloved books passed away this week. May you rest in peace, Mr. Salinger. Your spirit lives on in Holden Caulfield. How many Americans even knew of this, save for a scarce reference on their friends Facebook pages? Heck, how may people are familiar with him at all these days? Sadly, not enough can make that claim… Shame on us!
Keep on saving! :o)
I digress. The passing of a true American icon, with no disrespect to the Brittany Murphies of the world (God rest your soul), made me reflect on the literature that has shaped my life, and how many of them left their mark on us.
I cannot begin to explain how much joy I still get from reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Please do not confuse these with Disney’s Alice in Wonderland - although one of my favorite movies of all time, it is not literature. The fact that Lewis Carroll broke out of the mold so long ago, refusing to create children’s stories designed to frighten, ultimately to have a moral, was pretty advanced for his time. To create a story -heck! an entire world- for the sheer JOY of reading, and fantasy, is still inspiring to me today. Thank you, Mr. Carroll, for helping me enter the wonderful world of children’s literature. [Read more...]
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