“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” Anne Lamott
What is on your list of books to read?
A peek at mine...
The End of Your Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
by Anne Lamott
A Prayer For Owen Meany: A Novel
by John Irving
... so many more...
I actually finished The End of Your Life Book Club, and it was far more uplifting than I could have imagined. It's Anne Lamott who said something to the effect that "to watch someone dying is learn how to truly live." Will Schwalbe in telling the story of the unofficial book club he has with his mother during the last two years of her life, brings this message to life. Schwalbe also includes the list of books he and his mother read and some of the wisdom garnered from the pages.
I was worried that I would be saddened and less hopeful somehow at the end of the book. But to the contrary, while sad, it left me feeling more affirmed in my own endeavor to truly live with cancer.
Currently I am reading Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Veghese. The lyrical, magical prose of the story drew me in instantly and the depth and richness of his characters make the entire story rich and moving. I'm savoring it slowly.
Yesterday I awoke to extreme sinus pressure in my head and a migraine throbbing behind my eyes. We are due for a major winter storm and the change in pressure and the arrival of the shifting weather announced itself in my head. I am happy to say its been a very long time since I've had a headache like that.
Thankfully, I had just the right meds to keep it somewhat masked and was able to call in a sick day. It was while reading all of the lovely comments left on my post on Wednesday that I realized there is nothing like a migraine to take a girl's focus off her aching arm!
Plus, by late afternoon I was well enough to read and picked up The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. I'm only a few chapters in as I found it very thought provoking, but am finding more depth to his teachings than ever before.
With a blizzard warning breathing down our backs- we are nestled in- waiting for the "imposter" January rains to turn into authentic January snow, ice and below freezing temps.
And what is on your list of books to read? Will you share?