20.12.09

Reading List

I have 3 stacks of books next to my bed at home in Seattle. Its been the same pile of books for the past 3 months and I haven't finished any of them. I don't feel particularly motivated to finish any of them. They are all really great books and I feel like I should be motivated to finish at least one of them, but I'm not. They are on subjects such as: philosophy, art, art history, psychology, sociology, and then a few novels are piled in there too. I care about all these things and am interested in all these things, but I have no drive to read any of these books They are great books, why don't I want to read?

I'm frustrated with myself obviously. Maybe I need to find a new reading subject? I want something with depth, something applicable. I don't want self help stuff, I don't want a fantasy novel or romance novel, I don't want a book that I can set down and forget about.

Maybe I need to read something along the lines of Into the Wild. I loved that book. I don't have many books on nature, though I love nature. Maybe I need books on other religions outside of my own. I choose to follow Christianity and would mostly consider myself a...well, still not sure what denomination, Anglican/Episcopalian I guess. But my dad was a world religions professor at one point along his career path and has an incredible wealth of information and insight to many religions. I grew up with not just with an awareness of the Christian faith but of other religions too, most specifically Buddhism and Judaism. Perhaps I would find a lot of value in reading about other religions and other cultures.

I used to love reading, but for the past few months its been so hard for me to get myself to read. Ideas anyone?

2 comments:

Margaret said...

I've been struggling with my reading as well... What I have to do is set time aside just for reading. It kind of forces me to sit down and open the book I had been reading. Then it helps me get into a habit of reading again:)

Jody Dailey said...

Oh my dear, I am in the same sad sad situation. But, I recently purchased East of Eden. A handful of people have suggested I read it over the past few years. If you want a book that will stick with you then I would suggest the following:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Johnathan Safran Foer

It's an adorable story and I recommend it to just about anyone.

Also, if you're into something slightly creepier but beautifully written, then I would suggest Geek Love, by Catherine Dunn. One of the only books I've read twice.

Happy reading!