Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The One About Nobody

A post a day. Why did I say I would do that? Crazy talk. Dillon registered for school today. Do you realize I have a child in elementary school, one in middle school, one in high school, one in Marines music school, one on a mission, one at BYU, and one at UCLA law school? Holy Hannah Montana… do you think I missed anything? But that is not what I wanted to post about today.

I wanted to mention that I finally caught up my photography blog a bit, and put in some samples of some of the photos I have taken this summer. You can click on the link on the left side of the blog to check them out. You will have to tell me which ones you like. But that is not really my post today either.

I actually wanted to talk about reading today. I haven’t read much this whole year. I have been focusing on music, and have mostly deprived myself of my usual entertainment. Yes, I can’t lie. I love TV. But the books… I have been avoiding them, because I know I neglect other things when I indulge. I have decided to change that, and I am looking forward to it.

I read a book by Neil Gaiman this summer called The Graveyard Book. I don’t always love his books, although I really enjoyed Stardust. My only problem with his books is that I don’t always connect with the characters. My favorite books are those where I love the characters, and feel like I know them. For instance, Orson Scott Card, one of my favorite authors, writes characters that become part of my family, practically. Now, I am not a huge fan of sad books. But there is this one book Card wrote, called Lost Boys. You read along, falling deeper and deeper into the story, and all of a sudden a couple of chapters from the end, there is a twist. Suddenly, everything you thought you knew has changed, and your heart breaks into jagged shards and you sit in the bathroom with a big wad of Kleenex for an hour. And then when you have stopped sniffling, he very carefully patches you back together so that you can finish the book and find out how it all turns out. An author who can do that… well, it is a gift.

Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book really worked for me. It is a story of a boy named Nobody who is adopted by ghosts, and I admit I shed a few tears over him as well.

Next up, there is a new Shannon Hale book I want to read. Question: If you could pick just one book for me to read, what would it be?


Jamie said...

A post a day. Good for you! I'll have to read Lost Boys. Sounds good. Although, I don't like sad books either.

Cherie said...

First, I always love a good book review because I read, read, read all the time and run out of good stuff.

If I had to recommend just 1 book that I think you and everyone should read it is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Awesome!!!

sad but true said...

One book that you haven't read that I have....tricky. I think we have shared most books we've read. I just read _The Graveyard Book_. I liked it better than _American Gods_ but NOWHERE near _Lost Boys_.

Have you read, _Deep End of the Ocean_? How about _I Know This Much is True_? East of Eden?

I think you have read all of those. Glass Castle? No, you have read that....

um......Silent to the Bone?
Summer of the Monkeys?


Jessica said...

Les Miserables. But you have probably already read it. That is a book where I just sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. But then again this is coming from the girl who cried during Hannah Montana when she was pregnant. P.S. I don't know about taking Hannah Montana's name in vain. She's pretty important to me :)

Debbie said...

I haven't read near as much this year as I did last year. It's all a season.
I'd say Princess Bride. I'm almost done with my reread and I just love it.

Cindy said...

I like your posts, so I'm looking forward to one a day!