23.3.11

What Do Your Favorite Books Say About You?


My guest post today on Diana's blog Our City Lights is all about self discovery through what you read.  I am a constant soul searcher, and I had tons of fun talking about how I find myself in the books I love.  Check out the post and test out the exercise I did with my books to discover more about who you are through what you read!

14 comments:

olive green anna said...

Moorea.

Thank you for sharing over there. It was lovely to read.

I just finished the Alchemist for the first time yesterday. I loved it. His dialogues with the earth and listening to his heart were my favorites.

I also have read, Into the Wild, Snow Falling on Cedars. this year. They are such wonderful stories.

I would recommend "the life of Pi" it's such an interesting story it really sucks you in and is a short read. I think you might like it.

anna

Cate Lindsey said...

I noticed that your stack of books is a lot of guys writing about guys. I wondered if that was something that you noticed about this particular stack. I think it's awfully common for women to not even realize that the media we enjoy very often reflects an experience of life that might not be very representative of what is meaningful to us. I'm not saying that these male authors (or any male creators of media) don't have something important to say about a universal human condition. But they all certainly lack an experience that's pretty central to women's humanity.

Lily Darger said...

Good taste, girl. I love reading Hermann Hesse. Steppenwolf really meant a lot to me when I read it. Have you read Demian or Journey to the East?

Lily Darger said...

That's an interesting point, Cate Lindsey. I know I definitely read more male authors than female. I like reading philosophical ideas in fiction that really speak to the human condition- Hesse and Camus and de Unamuno are my tops. But I don't know of any female writers along these lines. Can you recommend some?

Modern Southerner said...
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Modern Southerner said...

Wow, I LOVE Herman Hesse, Catcher in the Rye is my favorite book and I'm a huge Kafka fan. I even took a class on existentialism! Walt Whitman is wonderful, too! And weirdness, I have that exact copy of Catcher in the Rye!

Good taste, lady!

And to Lily Darger, Steppenwolf is a wonderful book!

Sarah said...

I just finished Siddartha and I read Metamorphasis this year for school and I loved them both! It's a very interesting idea... I'm going to look into my favorite books...

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aliboo! said...

This is so crazy, 90% of those books are my favorites too!

Deanna said...

I read and absolutely loved that post! I am definitely going to do this now. I can't wait to see what I find out, about myself.

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Lindsi said...

OOH! A fellow Seattle-ite! Yay!

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

You and I could trade bookshelves. In fact, my copy of Catcher in the Rye looks almost exactly like yours (well loved!). I'm also a huge fan of Kafka (even since reading Metamorphosis in high school), and love Siddhartha and the Alchemist. Have you read any of Kerouac's books? I bet you'd love On the Road and Dharma Bums (based on your taste here). Heading over to read your guest post right now.

xo,
melissa

andrea said...

Steppenwolf is probably my fav up there.. The line "give battle to chaos" may end up as a tattoo on me someday..

Alli Rense said...

Thanks for sharing this post! I may have to do the exercise myself. I've written about my favorite books before, so I might use that post as a starting place.

edith kate said...

The Alchemist is one of my favorites as well. And I'm totally nerdy about secret societies too.

You mentioned in the post and you love the idea of people just going and getting in lost in nature and I thought I'd share a link with you. One of my really good friends older brother and friend went and got lost in the amazon for months on end living off the wild and befriending the river folk and just pondering nature. But the guys are both photographers and they made a site now that they're back if you want to look at some of the pictures, it is truly inspiring:
http://www.skeetolounge.com/
My friend and her brother are from Auburn which I think is probably near where you're from too!
But great post, you've made me want to go read a lot of those books on here that I've never read, esp Whitman!