Thursday, January 12, 2012

Geometrically Progressive

Currently Reading: America's Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds by Marilyn Yalom

I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in two days. It was that good.

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After David Copperfield, I needed a quick, light read and this fit the bill perfectly. It had received glowing reviews from my sister-in-law, aunt,and coworker, so I knew I would enjoy it. To be quite honest though, I feel it is a book best read outside in the summertime, when the leaves are whispering and one can run through the grass, not during the cold dead of winter; maybe I'll just have to pick it up again in several months when the time feels right!

The book is, overall, about the saving grace of books and reading. Each character, living through traumatic and challenging times during the German Occupation in WWII, found books that spoke to them and helped them cope, even survive. It was fascinating to read how farmers and fisherman leaned on Oscar Wilde, Charles Lamb, and Seneca during food shortage, evacuations, and terror. I have always believed in the inherent power of books to change us, to change the world. This book exemplified my most fervent beliefs. We read for pleasure and enjoyment, it is true. Yet the effect books can have on us goes beyond mere entertainment. Books have the power to build us up, depress us, change the world, destroy it. They inspire us to change our lives, our perspectives, and even to lead us down new paths with new interests. They challenge us to get outside our comfort zones and address truths we didn't even know existed. I will forever be passionate about books, for they lead to everything else.

Since I am short on time today, I merely want to leave you with some of the book's most profound quotes that state, in a deeply elegant way, the power and lure of books in our lives.

"Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true."

"Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books." (Hehe)

And the best for last: "That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive- all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment."

I hope you get time to lose yourself in a book this weekend. And I'm curious to know: how have books changed you? Happy reading!

5 comments:

  1. Hi Jillian,I'm Claudia from Italy (please forgive my bad English) and I think your blog is so cute!We share a lot of interests,I love books,cooking and history so I can find a lot of inspiration here!I'm not sure this book "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" is currently availabe here in Italy but I'd like to read it a lot.Now I'm reading " the first man " the last Albert Camus' novel and I truly love it!Nice to know you and your beautiful blog!Cheers!

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    1. So nice to meet you, Claudia! I have always wanted to visit Italy... it's wonderful to meet someone who lives there! Thank you for reading my blog... I am honored to hear from other people who love books (and cooking and history!) as much as I do. It's always fun to make a new friend. I'll send you a copy of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, if you would like.... you absolutely must read it someday! :) I'm sure you will love it. I have only ever read The Stranger by Albert Camus, but I will have to check that one out as well. Have a wonderful day and it was so nice to meet you!

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  3. The title is so great. I want to read it : ) I am putting it on my list. Thanks for sharing : )

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    1. You're very welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

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