What I’m Reading – Nov. 2013

I like to share what I’m reading, and I like hearing from others what words are reaching through screen or paper to speak to them. What is reading, if it is not sharing?

If you read a lot of other blogs, you may notice some similarities between my list and Rachel Held Evans’s regular Sunday Superlatives column over on her blog. Since hearing her speak a couple of weeks ago, I have really become interested in her writing and in her reading. And she does an excellent job of curating a list of things that inspire, excite, challenge and inform me. A few of these things are from her list, and some are not.

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot, as told through comic strip illustrations. It’s just the first half of the poem so far, but it has always been one of my favorites. And thanks to RHE for this one—really made my day. 🙂
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: Wow. I blew through this one in about two days, and I already want to read it again. It combines so many things that I love about novels—multigenerational family sagas, historical fiction, the ways of life in a different time, culture, ritual, strong women. Highly recommend.
  • “How the Hidden Dangers of Comparison Are Killing Us and Our Daughters” by Ann Voskamp: Another hat tip to RHE for this one, I was taken in by the writing and the emotion here. And the message of course. Reading things like these make me wish we could speak with such a level of honesty.
  • “I Do Not Have the Right Kind of Cancer” by Kayla Massey: A friend of mine posted this on Facebook. I don’t know if she knows Kayla or if Kayla is a friend of a friend or if she is a complete stranger. What I do know, just from reading this post, is that Kayla is a brave and awesome woman. Or, as Rachel would put it, an eshet chayil—a woman of valor! Kayla tells her story about facing colon cancer and some of it’s less lovely trappings at a very young age. But really she talks about loneliness, and silence, and how it has no place in healing. You may be in Milwaukee, Kayla, but this North Carolina girl is sending you a big hug. Thank you, a million times.
  • Pep Talk from Catherynne M. Valente for NaNoWriMo: I’m probably not going to finish my novel this November. In fact, I know I will not. But I really liked this pep talk from the early part of the month and thought it would be inspirational, you know, whenever.

Have you read anything lately that has caught your eye or stopped your heart?

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  • http://www.thecoffeehour.wordpress.com Kara

    I had read it before–but just read it again: Mindy Kaling’s book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” Why do I recommend this?

    1. It is hilarious
    2. The way she speaks about her twenties to late twenties. How she was discovering what to do, where to go with her life, and how sometimes you are just lost.
    3. The added pictures are just worth it.

    I also just reread “The Little Prince.” If you haven’t. Beautiful.

  • http://www.betterthanmore.com Cat

    Thanks! I never did read the Little Prince–a long time ago I had every intention of reading it in French, but that time has likely passed. 🙂