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Love It: Reading (The Gratitude Challenge Day 10)

August 23, 2009

Today’s directive is to pick one of my five senses to focus on and think about all of the wonderful things that come to me through that means of perceiving the world.

This one is simple. I started with my vision because I am an unabashed bibliophile. I love books. I love magazines. I love newspapers. I love journals. I love libraries. I love bookstores. I love garage sales where they sell books.reading

I’m absolutely enamored by the act of reading, and I have been since before I even knew what the squiggly lines on the page meant. My family has pictures of me barely walking, holding a book upside down and concentrating on figuring out how to make it sing like my mother always did.

I love it.

I’m currently reading five books—a mishmash of titles that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a literary treat.

  • The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan and Barbara Pease—learn how to read people (and how to manipulate them!) using body language. It’s fascinating!
  • Them by Francine du Plessix Gray—a memoir of parents. There’s nothing scarier or more fascinating than the secret lives of parents.
  • The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau—a story about hippie parents in California in the 1970s. See above for note on the secret lives of parents.
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan—processed food is evil!
  • San Francisco Stories by Kerouac, Kipling, Tan, Twain, et. al.—a collection of stories about one of the best cities in the world.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Ella permalink
    August 24, 2009 10:31 pm

    I bought the Omnivore’s Dilemma a million years ago (OK, maybe 3 years ago) and still haven’t really started it. I remember the first few chapters being about how evil corn is (so you’re not missing much) but now that I’m finally reading real books again (not “what to expect when you’re expecting”), this one is back on my list. Let me know what you think so far! PS-I heard him on NPR recently and he was so interesting to listen to!

  2. August 25, 2009 8:21 am

    It’s really interesting! I think it gets slow in parts (but I also like to read five books at once, so that’s not saying much), but it will definitely make you want to swear off McDonalds for a while.

  3. January 27, 2011 10:20 pm

    Ooh LOVE the PUG! 😉

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