I recently read a book entitled I Still Dream About You, by Fannie Flagg, and it's been a long time since a book made me LOL, a lot, like even in bed at midnight. I had to ignore a bit of bad language, (don't judge), but other than that, it was a great book. Not one line, paragraph, page or chapter made me feel guilty. It was a pure-pleasure read! I'm a deep thinker and analytical, a little paranoid with a tad of insecurity left over from who knows what, so most self-help books just make me feel like crap. (Excuse the language, but it's all I've got)
Yes, I will continue to challenge myself with books and short stories written by extraordinary writers. But I am always going to look for books that make me feel understood. And, yes...I'm going to read everything that Alice Sebold writes and I will not apologize for or try and figure out this dark side of my psyche.
Before I end this post, I must include one more form of the written word that I love...magazines! I am like a kid when one comes in the mail and for some odd reason, I always look at the last page first. Weird, huh? Sometimes, I just want to read an article, a snippet, a "how to", a new recipe. Many magazines are not worth a dime, but there are plenty of good ones to choose from...Oprah, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, MORE, Southern Living, HGTV, Food Network Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens. If you want a Christian commentary on world news, current events, movie and music reviews, etc., then read the magazine, WORLD.
I just finished a book entitled Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls. It's the story of two sisters who had to endure life with (and sometimes, without) their disturbed mother. The spirit, guts and resiliency of these girls was heart-wrenching and inspiring. I'm melancholy enough to embrace the fictional sadness and creative enough to yearn for inspiration. I am called a Reader~