March 13, 2011

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Take Me Away

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Obviously if you're a human, you've seen all the awful things happening in the world, both man made and natural. And while it's good to be well informed, it can get to be too much for someone who has little power to do anything about it. It's those times I like to sink into a certain kind of book.*

I mentioned how I have over 100 unread books and don't want to read any of them. One of the reasons I'm not attracted to those books is that I got them at a totally different time, in a different mood. Serious books with no real answers to difficult questions. At that time, I thought I'd like to read about these peoples' difficulties and their struggles. Those types of books aren't so appealing to me right now.

A few weeks ago I was drawn to Jane Eyre once again, a book I've read many times, even though I knew I had piles of unread books. In part it was because the book is receiving attention but also because I know that things will work out for Jane. Yes, I know she's going to have some rough times but she's going to be okay. The ending of the book hasn't changed in 150+ years. It's like It's a Wonderful Life. Things look bad for George Bailey, so bad the audience can't see how he'll get out of it. Somehow, with the help of his loved ones, George gets his Super Happy Ending. It's Guar-AN-teed!

So I've been stocking my shelves with romances (happy endings ahoy!), funny stories, mysteries, and even a fairy tale or two. Even though fairy tales don't guarantee a happy ending, they tend to make me fall into a world I know isn't real and that unreality is freeing. My reviews in the coming weeks will reflect that reading mood. Stay tuned for a plethora of Happy Books.

Don't worry. I will return to my usual maudlin reading material (Edith Wharton I'm looking at you) sometime in the future. Hopefully, that will mean the world is a calmer place. We can all hope.

*When personal dramas happen, however, I can't concentrate on any book.

Canadians: here is where you can donate to the Red Cross, if you are so inclined.

In other news, I have a bunch of things lined up for next week, including a giveaway!

Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon came in the mail this week. That one is about fairies. My girl and I took a trip to the library. She picked out books to read on her own and I picked out a couple for us to read together: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Maryrose Wood and The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. It's difficult to get her to try new authors so by reading these together we might get her to branch out a bit. For myself, I picked up My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me , a collection of fairy tales.

Did you get anything new to read this week?

6 comments :

  1. I'm like you. I tend to have waaay more books on hand that are depressing stories of people grappling with difficult realities. I normally even really like them, but I agree that in times like these it's nice to take a breather and read something where everything comes out all right in the end.

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  2. Like you, if personal dramas happen, I can't focus on any book and tend to read something mind-numbing. But when disasters happen worldwide, I do the very opposite - read about more problems in the rest of the world. I must be weird. Hope your books keep you feel better!

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  3. First, I have to say I do think Aths is weird. :)

    Second, I don't know if I've ever really thought about it too much, although maybe it's why I'm not into reading, period, right now. I'd rather unwind with an episode of Scrubs or The Cosby Show or Roseanne (the joys of Netflix Instant). Of course, it might be that most of the books I read are murder mysteries. Death, death and more death, oh, yeah, way to bring oneself out of a depression when the world is falling apart. ;)

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  4. Megan- There are lots of those books out there.

    Aths- Not me, it's too much.

    Unfinished- Yes, but usually it's someone who deserved it anyway. ;)

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  5. I couldn't agree more. When I'm sad, the last thing I want is anxiety in my reading. Good luck with your happy endings!

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  6. I have tons of books I am ignoring until they call out to me at the right time. Books are escapism for me, sometimes I need to escape into something light, especially now. The books I have will get their time:)

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