Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Big Question

If book is in the title, I definitely stop to read the post. I just made a jaunt over to the English Muse, and read her latest post, Which Books Changed Your World. The subject alone makes me swoon, because as you know, I love books. In fact, I love them so much, that last night as I added two more to my bed-side table, I wondered if I have a book-hoarding problem? Hmm...who really knows. Can one really have too many books? I think not. So there went that issue.

While I was over at the English Muse, I was excited about two things. First, have you heard about the Twitter stream #booksthatchangedmyworld? It is fun to scroll through to see what books have changed people, and which ones have significantly impacted people over and over again. Because, you see, I am always after a book that could do a number on me. You, too? The second thing that I was excited about is that I got to add the book that changed my world, that hadn't yet been listed, to the English Muse's growing comments.

I responded:

"It was almost ten years ago that Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard changed my life. I finally began to realize that all the questions I had concerning my life and the religious upbringing I had--were valid questions (of my own). She doesn't necessarily speak to much of this subject but she does illuminate the mystery that often fills in the gray space of our lives. Also she pays high tribute to the beauty and intricacy in our lives. I think I am in need of a re-read!!

p.s. Anything by Annie Dillard is a must."

So there you have it. Annie Dillard changed my life, and is the only author that I can say is my favorite thus far, for that very reason. I've read many books, but no one moves the way Annie Dillard writes. Have you read anything by her? I definitely recommend Pilgrim at Tinker Creek for your summer reading list!

In the spirit of life-changing books, and with my summer reading list in mind, I will ask the same question as the English Muse.

Which Books Have Changed Your World?

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p.s. I failed to mention it then, but I will now. The Bible tops the charts for me. It is in a category of its own, and changes lives. every. single. day.


a little bit biased June 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

Hi Cass. Interesting topic. You know I don't read a lot, but when I take the time, I do enjoy it. I don't know if they "changed my life" persay, but I was very impressed with the strength of the female characters in the books, "A Tree Grows in Brooklynn" and "These is my Words". I was really amazed at the emotional, physical, mental strength those women had and hope I could be more like them (or would be in trying situations.) Thanks for making me think!

resolute twig June 16, 2010 at 6:11 PM  

It's added to my reading list and my amazon wish list :)

Keri June 17, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

Those 2 Amber mentioned are among my fav's. I'm definitely going to have to pick up a copy of Pilgram at Tinker Creek. It's been on my list for a long time, so thanks for the push to actually get going on it! I'm having a hard time coming up with one particular book...there are just so many! But since you mentioned the Bible, have you read The Robe? We just read it for book club and I have to say it was quite amazing. A real classic. It made me think about the story of Christ from an entirely different perspective than I ever have before. I think you might really enjoy it. Happy reading!!

Cassie June 17, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

Thanks for the book ideas, ladies!

Ambs-I've been eyeing This is my words for some time and think I need to add it to the list.

resolute twig- I hope you enjoy Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. I'd say most do, so I wish you all of its magic!

Keri-I am reading The Shack right now, and your mention of The Robe reminded me of it. I will definitely check it out. I love "classic" reads. Thanks!

shannon June 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM  

You were the one who opened my eyes to Annie Dillard years ago which I am very thankful for... by the way I need to get you back a couple copies of her books that I borrowed from ya :) Great post!

The Glaziers June 24, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

Funny that These Is My Words would come up, because that is the one I was going to mention. It is the book that peeked my desire for a natural childbirth; which tops the list of one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. I continue to look forward to my next labor opportunity.

I am curious, Cassie, about your current religious views. You often write about them, but in very vague terms. I realize I was present during a very pivotal time in your life and am just curious where the road of religion has specifically led you. I ask due to a fascination that someone would leave the LDS church, yet remain a faithful Christian. In my experience, people often leave the church because they question the presence God and Jesus Christ in general, or because they simply want to live by their own rules. My intention is in no way to spawn religious arguments; I'd simply like to learn more of your experience. Understood if it is deeply personal and you would like to keep more private.

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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