Day 11 - a favorite book...
I LOVE to read. I'm always reading...and usually I'm reading three or four books and a couple of magazines at the same time. Right now, I'm reading:
A Single Voice by Kristen Oaks
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
Once Upon a Crime by Michael Buckley
Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco
The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
and Blogging For Bliss by Tara Frey (which is full of brilliantly fab ideas, that I plan to use to make this place that much more magical!)
...and Martha Stewart Living, and Women's Health, and Lucky... :)
I've read hard classics for my AP English classes, the books EVERYONE MUST READ, the books that EVERYONE currently is reading (yep, count the Twilight Saga, The Hunger Game Trilogy and The Maze Runner books on that list.), religious books, dirty books, mystery books (hello, Mr. Bond...), and countless children's books...
But nothing I've read will ever be held as high as
The Catcher In The Rye...
To be honest, I'm not too sure exactly why I love this book as much as I do. It's just one of those things in my life that is part of me, one that I love because deep down I feel it has somehow flipped a switch and created the person I am today. This book, this harsh, difficult book that has been linked to many odd, sad and scary events and seems to be on every one's Conspiracy Theory list, has somehow become so much more for me.
I read it for the first time in tenth grade for my AP English class. I fought a lot of the books I had to read that year, but this one felt easy and relatable...which is funny, because Holden Caulfield and myself are NOTHING alike. It was the words of J.D. Salinger and the way he wove them into the story of Holden that I loved the most, I think. My personal copy of Catcher is falling apart and faded and dog-eared and underlined, and loved, and it smells just like an old, loved book should.
Some of the reasons I adore Catcher:
'What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse.'
'What really knocks me out is a book, when you're all done reading it, you wished the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.'
'Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.'