Saturday, October 04, 2008

#13 Things I Love

#13: Books

I was built to love books. It isn't necessarily in my DNA, but it's certainly in my family. Somehow I learned to wrap my chubby fingers around a book and start reading at age three (probably because I have five older siblings who taught me). My family owns a bookstore, and I began accumulating stacks by my bed when I was six. Nancy Drew was my drug of choice. As well as the little "Our Daily Bread" pamphlets from the church foyer. I heard a preacher say that you can read a chapter of Proverbs for every day of the month, and I started doing that regularly when I was about eight. Some nights, when I was scared, I just read Proverbs 3:24-26 over and over. For a long time, I never touched the rest of the Bible--just Proverbs.

The only fight I ever got into with any of my siblings was with my brother Jason, who accused me of stealing his Lord of the Rings box set. By the way, it was totally mine. Not his. The great irony here is that I don't even like the Lord of the Rings books and only read them because Kemper made me.

In fact, I don't really like fiction much at all. Particularly fantasy fiction. Although there certainly are exceptions, especially Ester's forthcoming book, which is nothing less than brilliant. In general, though, I don't care to read about things that don't exist or relationships that are impossibly perfect. What I lean toward are books about Jesus, biographies, historical non-fiction (particularly about Presidents or giant explosions), memoirs, business books, and leadership books.

Reading helps me engage and grow. It provides me with a variety of topics for conversation, and it feeds my hungry skull. (Later, over sushi, Ester will remind me that "skulls don't eat," and I will acknowledge that she is right while maintaining my preference for awkward personification.)

What do you read?

11 comments:

Power Up Love said...

I'm going to remember the Proverbs reading. Good advise.

Chip Gorman said...

Ha! You know what Krakatoa is. A friend in college had a theory that guys always know what Krakatoa was, and girls don't. I've tested it over the last many years and it generally holds true. Not in your case.

We read a lot at our house. My usuals are history (reading a recent history of the CIA and a history of the church right now), classic novels, theology, and, I'm afraid, some frivolous stuff sprinkled in, like P.G. Wodehouse and Terry Pratchett.

If you don't like fiction about perfect relationships where all ends happily, you should try out some Russian novelists.

The Musician said...

I rarely read grown up books, but I do like fiction, classics, birthing books (currently), anything by CS Lewis, and so many more, I can't name them all.

ester said...

i read you!

Anonymous said...

C.S. Lewis, theology, tasty fiction like The Book Thief, and young adult novels. There are some super YA/children's writers out there who get overlooked because they aren't writing for adults, when, really, it's a special talent to write something worthwhile for young people. Anyway, I try to keep myself well-rounded with lots of books from the kid's section, too. :)

kelliinreallife said...

I read ALLLLL the time. I have a Barnes and Noble PROBLEM!!!!! fiction, non fiction, magazines. I love them ALL

Arch said...

soooo......apparently i missed you when you came through TX, sad days as i see it. clicking though your blog here made me miss you, so let me know how you are....

Michael said...

What if you look at fiction as an extension of reality and authors writing fiction by using experiences of their real life. Then does that make fiction more real? I know that fiction is still made up but I believe that there is some truth behind fictitious stories. I believe that the same lessons we learn in from life we can learn through reading stories.

You should read "Bright Shiny Morning" by James Frey. It is heart-wrenchingly honest.

Melissa Rowe said...

blogs, biographies of people from other countries, currently 5 books on Japanese History (I am in college, otherwise I would refrain from these), policial journals (again in college), the endless shipment of theology & commentaries on the Bible (thanks to my Bible loving boyfriend), and of course why i love a bible loving boyfriend is because I too...love reading the Bible.
Gospels, Ruth, Deuteronomy, and Joshua are my favorite...
(currently wanting to get into Revelation--might be my demise)

Candy said...

I ran across your blog from a Donald Miller search, Great Post!

-Candy

Jud said...

"I don't care to read about things that don't exist or relationships that are impossibly perfect."

Me too. And that's why I love The Lord of the Rings so much.