I’ve been moving offices at work and getting my computer up and running at home, in addition to my normal life duties, so have been really behind getting this Library MEME up (from Britgal Sarah), who challenged me a week or two ago. Here’s how it goes:
What would you advise people to read? Name your favourite:(a) Fiction book (b) Autobiography (c) Non-fiction book (d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre. Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words per book.
After much contemplation, here are my answers (albeit much delayed from the date I was challenged!)
1. Fiction Book. Gone With The Wind. Hands down, my fave book. The first time I read it was in the sixth grade. I can pick it up and re-read it and find something new in it every time. I actually hated the movie for a long time because it is so different from the book. So, if you think you love that movie and know the story – read the book. Read the book. You can't understand Scarlett until you READ THE BOOK.
2. Autobiography. Snap Me Perfect by Darrell Porter. I grew up playing in the dirt on the first base line of my brother’s little league practice field. My dad was the coach. One of the players (the catcher, naturally) was Darrell Porter. He went on to become an MVP in the World Series, struggled with addictions and, like my brother but under vert different circumstances, died an early death. I inherited my dad’s autographed copy.
3. Non-Fiction. I will go with The Purpose Driven Life. Perspective about what is important.
4. Any Genre. Evening Class by Maeve Binchy. Strange that such a sweet little book can change a person’s life. It did mine. I was an empty nester looking for a hobby when I read this novel. It inspired me to enroll in a few classes and I ended up with a photography hobby. However, in this book, the people were learning Italian in a class set in Ireland. Maeve Binchy does the best characters -- this book has many of them -- and I had to go on and read everything else she has written.
I won’t challenge anyone but if a reader somewhere wants to use this meme, go right ahead! I am sure I did NOT stick to the 30 word description limit!