Yet again I find myself yearning for a new piece of literature to pick up and devour. I have been reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love; but I can barely stand to read it when it makes me WANT so much. It makes me WANT to travel, especially to Italy. It makes me WANT to eat. It makes me WANT to go to some exotic place where monks have been praying for centuries. It makes me WANT to experience adventure and be pushed out of my comfort zone. All things that I can't have right now—and with my habit of reading before bed—definitely things I can't have when I'm in bed, in my pajamas, with my teeth brushed. I will finish the book though, because I always have to read a book before the movie and I so WANT to see the movie.
Besides that, I need to finish this book so I can read more books on my list before I have to read books assigned to me in grad school (yes, my dear readers, I'm going back to school to become an educator!). My list is continuously growing, so I thought I would share my list thus far:
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The World From Rough Stones, The Rich Are with You Always, & Sons of Fortune by Malcolm Macdonald
Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall 1783-1787 by Winston Graham
Wanting by Richard Flanagan
The Unfinished Work by Frank Meredith
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees
A Separate Country by Robert Hicks
Death of Innocence by Richard Greene
Of course I will not be able to fit in all of these books before grad school, which begins in nearly two weeks, but I think I can at least make a little dent in my list. I'll be doing very little choice reading the next year, but there will always be breaks from studying and class.
The rain continues to fall on this early summer evening and my bed is calling my name—no, not calling...YELLING!—so to bed I go with my book.
“To study history is to study the motives, the opinions, and the passions of men in order to know all the successes, the initiatives and the detours, and finally all the illusions that they make known to the mind and the surprises that they make the heart feel. In a word, it is to learn to known oneself in others.”—Jean Mabillon, 15th c. Benedictine scholar.