Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Books and Blessings....

What have you been reading lately?  The last year was a great year for my reading log!  I read the "Millennium" series (Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, etc...)...which was great!  A little graphic for me in some places, but a fantastic mystery series.  I absolutely ADORED the Hunger Games series.  I seriously mourned having Katniss around when I finished it.  And I'm not gonna lie, I may very well have feigned an upset stomach one weekend when all I understand that this plot is not altogether original - but I LOOOOOOOVED it!  I thought it was incredibly quick paced, and very well crafted.  But most recently, The Glass Castle has found its way to my list of favorite books of all time.  This book is a memoir, and although you won't believe what this writer dealt with in her youth, she doesn't write it in such a way that she comes off as a martyr or wants you to feel sorry for her.  It's a true tale of survival with such love and affection, that I found to be just spectacular.  I just started Game of Thrones.  It's a bit tough to get into, there are a LOT of characters and settings....but I'm 3% into it (lol, according to my Kindle), and I'm really starting to get into it. 

Reading for me is usually done for 30-60 minutes before I go to bed.  And if I am really into a book, I'll just go to bed early to get a little more reading time in!

There are also a lot of 'self-help' or 'self-improvement' on my bookshelves.  I tend to gravitate towards them when I'm in need of some pick-me-up.  There was a time many years ago, when these types of books were that I read.  That time was in the year or so leading up to leaving my career in the restaurant industry. I was in a very low place emotionally and spiritually.  One book that I read religiously during that time, and used the daily quotes as affirmations (never mind daily, sometimes hourly....heck...sometimes every 15 minutes!), was this one:


 I literally opened this baby up every day and read and reflected on the daily lesson/essay.  And I did so for a couple year or so after....


Now and again, I'll come back to it and just flip the book open to one of those dog-eared pages for a little dose of inspiration. 

Yesterday I picked it up...not because I was feeling particularly low, but because sometimes I chide myself for only working on self improvement when I'm in a low place, when really it would be most effective to work on myself regularly......

Instead of randomly opening the book, I decided to open to the date....


 When I got there, I forgot all about the fact, that I liked the lesson on January 24 SO MUCH back then, that I ripped it out of the book and carried it around with me for a long, long time. 


It was a great reminder for me when I saw this yesterday...so I thought it would be fun to share.  And on that note, I am off to write my 100 blessings of which I'm sure I have that and more!



3 comments:

  1. "The Glass Castle" is amazing -- read it twice! "The Hunger Games" rocked, and the movie will be out soon (hope they don't mess it up!). I really liked "The Night Circus" and a bunch of others. I'm on GoodReads.com if you want my entire list!

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  2. Amy,
    I'm listening to Girl With The Dragon Tattoo right now on my iPod and I started to read Jean M. Auel's The Land of Painted Caves it is the last of her Clan of the Cave Bear series, but I'm just not into it right now so I put it down. I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and I have several books on it and I am also in the middle of reading Uncle Tom's Cabin, I never read it in school and was always curious about all the hub bub about being an Uncle Tom. So far I don't understand why it is bad thing to be like Uncle Tom he was just a slave trying to survive a turmoil time in out country's history doing as he was told. He was a loving husband, father, and he was a self educated Christian. Now what is wrong with all of that? Maybe I need to finish the book before I express anymore opinions. Huh! Oh my just writing about it makes me want to go read.
    Sorry to ramble on.
    Therese

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  3. I've wanted to read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series...haven't ready any or seen any of the films.

    I love the sound of your Simple Abundance book too...I've added it to my Wish List on my online book store...looking at yours I think I might have to order the hard cover edition!!

    Karyn

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