love of booksPosted: September 22, 2012
Books have always been in my life. As a quiet shy boy Edgar Rice Burrows and Robert E Howard filled my life with adventure. When I met my wife following a rugby match we didn’t speak of sport, just our passion for words. If I had the words and the intellect my blog would mirror Pascal’s Pensees, or Montaigne’s Essays.
This week I am reading three books.
“The Artemis Effect” by Kasia James SciFi and from a wordpress friend. The first two chapters seem to have placed me in just the right place, interested, trying to anticipate the next steps and eager for more. How cool to read a work of art by someone I have chatted and smiled with. Can’t wait for a signed hard copy to keep. Although my wife has over 1,000 books for her kindle ( most free ), this is the first I have purchased.
“What Would Ben Stein Do?” Each chapter could be a blog post. Short and with a point but written with such wisdom and amiability that I can’t help but marvel. Everyone should set this in their bathroom for a daily sanity check. I think if my daughters read this, I will give them credit and stop giving them advice for 3 months, ( well maybe 2 weeks ).
“The African Trilogy” By Chinia Achebe, three tales of Africa from a non western point of view. I have always loved Africa, and the prose and power of this author fit its grandeur. This was a prize from another wordpress acquaintance Boomiebol, and aside from cookies from Nigeria ( I love to sample foods from far away places ) I couldn’t have been more pleased with a book that echoes a culture I have not known.
I am not sad when people write great books or accomplish wondrous things. It lifts me for I am not diminished by their success. I am inspired. May your actions inspire others to grow beyond their known limits.