This year’s resolution has definitely rekindled my entombed fascination with books and I can only be grateful.
Every day, I hold books close to me, savor a few pages, and make new connections or rediscover old ones – very helpful for a fuzzy, heavily medicated brain of late.
Of course, this is far from my supercharged reading from way back when, but it gives me joy to return to the book lover side of the fence. Isn’t it wild how books are just always there, ready to take us back no matter how long we put them down?
Today I thought I would share some books that I have held recently or from a lifetime ago, and I look forward to hearing what you think about them, too.
Something non-fiction that reads like poetry
Figuring and Entangled Life, science and philosophy like sweet honey flowing out of a page. I re-read Entangled Life shortly after finishing it and it was as breathtaking as the first time.
A passage that got you through something
“I go to seek a great perhaps” quoted in Looking for Alaska. It gave me the courage as a young person to just go for it. Whatever it means.
A book currently on your TBR
I mentioned The Midnight Library to a soul sister after seeing Aysa’s review. I told her I want to read it after staying off fiction for an eternity. She gifted me a copy!
Your favorite memoir
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain; probably my favorite book with food, too.
A book you have read at least three times
The bible. There was a publication I liked reading as a child, a small green copy, and I just kept re-reading it.
A book that made you cry a lot
Big Wolf and Little Wolf. Bawling, I was, and will forever be grateful for the unmatched capacity of children’s books to illuminate our truth.
A book character you want to trade lives with
Death from The Book Thief. It was such a refreshing take on the character and I am infinitely curious what it is like to have the job: Would I feel anything? Am I allowed to feel anything as Death? How would my perspective of the human experience change?
A book that fucked you up
In the last years that I started to feel better in my head, I only realized I mainly read depressing books. For over a decade. I suppose we are what we read, too, for better or worse. On top of my head are The Bell Jar, 13 Reasons Why, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Norwegian Wood – I could honestly go on and on. Not to say these are not good books, just that reading them amplified the state of my mind.
Some books with your favorite covers
I do not like excess or waste but I admit to having two physical copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: my first a mass market paperback, and the second, a gift, with a beautiful hardbound pink cover, every bit as whimsy and magical as the story lies in my head. The memory of finding this present on my bed remains vivid after all these years and it still makes me smile.
Manila, My Manila: A History for the Young by Nick Joaquin
Of course, I have a habit of thinking about you all when I am taken by an activity. Really curious to learn your answers to these questions. Please share in the comments below, or a post, if you are feeling fancy.
To more life-affirming books!
P.S. If you are in The Ph, check out Blithe Books. I think they are cool.