Friday, December 21, 2012

The End of the World/New Year's Resolution

So today is supposedly the end of the world.

In the event that I survive, I want to live my life more fully. One of the things that has always given me immense satisfaction is reading a good book. What makes a book good is of course highly subjective, but for me a book that makes me feel good in some way or another, is a good book.

So I have a new project for myself. If I survive tonight, I have a project for the new year, and maybe even for the year after, but at least for 2013.

This is how it goes:

1) I pick a book - I've researched quite a few sources (TIME's all-time best books after 1923, The World Library's top 100, books my college English professor - Dr. Lynch - had recommended, and my own bookshelves that contain un-read titles I want to read) and created a massive list of potential books.

2) I follow these rules:
      - No less than 2 books a month
      - Different genre/country of origin for each consecutive book
      - I MUST finish the book

3) I will then do some writing based on the book I read - I think the ultimate purpose of this project is two fold - one is definitely to read some great books and widen my horizon in the sort of readings I do, and second is to make myself a better writer. It doesn't matter whether someone reads my work or not - I am a writer at heart and that is what matters, but I also know the ideas in my head need to manifest into words on paper (computer) and I need to research different techniques to know in which ways I want to write out my ideas. Hence, the need to read many different kinds of books.

4) I will blog (that will be a part of the writing component, but not all of it) about each book.

So there you have it! My new project if we survive this impending end.  Because there are too many books out there, and one lifetime is just not enough, it's about time I started making the most of it, don't you think so?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Poetry for Dreamers - in publication!

Hello Again Bloggers -

Today has been quite productive!!

I'm now officially published :)

I am thrilled and humbled at the same time that I have taken my first step towards realizing my dreams of being a writer.

Here is the link for my book, I hope at least some of you will check it out!!

"Poetry for Dreamers" (sold by Amazon)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Knitting and Books

I never thought it would happen, but it has!

I have found something that holds my interest as much as reading does!! No, it is not television - I enjoy tv, but not as much or more than my beloved books. It is knitting! I recently joined a class and have learnt how to knit - I am still very much a beginner, but boy is it fun! I never thought I would ever have a hobby besides reading, because things usually don't hold my attention or are at a level where I usually give up. But knitting is really fun, really holding my attention, and has matched the enjoyment I get out of reading a good book.

Dexterity with my hands has never been a strong suit of mine and to now see myself knitting and actually progress in making my first project (a scarf) I am super excited! To be able to do something that I never thought I would be able to, I feel like one of the many characters I have read about who overcome their many obstacles. Yes life has thrown me obstacles I've climbed over or around before, but this was a skill I seriously thought I lacked and had never bothered to question. I can't explain the satisfaction of knitting any more than I can explain the satisfaction of reading something you never thought would interest you and finishing it! (Like any classic - for me specifically knitting this first project has been very similar to reading and finishing East of Eden by Steinbeck

Between my Kindle and my yarn/knitting needles, I couldn't be happier with my hobbies and free time! Knitting and Books are now my two favorite things :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions!…

1) What are you currently reading?
 "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

2) What did you recently finish reading?
 "Centaur Aisle" by Piers Anthony (the 4th book in his Xanth series)

 3) What do you think you’ll read next?
 "Joseph Anton" by Salman Rushdie, I already got a copy and started it a little, but have it on hold until I finish "the Awakening" - I really do enjoy creative non-fiction/memoir...

 Happy Wednesday!! Hope you will participate (Just leave a comment) :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin

I haven't done this in a while, but one of the books I'm currently reading has compelled me to do so. This book is "Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin. I heard of this book many years ago when I used to watch the show, Boy Meets World. In it, the English teacher assigns it to the class and using the concept the main characters do a parody to teach some guy a lesson and call it "Chick like me." Needless to say when guys dress up and pretend to be girls, it is quite funny - as was that episode of the show. However, the book is anything but funny. This is a very serious book - and no, the way it is written and the language used flows quite easily and it's a simple book to read. But the meaning of everything, the truth of the matter, when these things sink in you, it leaves you with a pit in your stomach and an urge to be nauseous. I have only gotten 20% into this book (gone are the days with page numbers when you use a kindle to do reading), but already I know I'm going to have to be strong to get through this book. I'm going to have to keep believing in humanity and have faith in the good of people while reading this book. Because I know it's going to shake me. IT is one thing to know what used to happen (or what might still happen) - to have some vague concept - but to actually read it, to be swept away into a book is an experience matched by no other. Let me leave you with a gist of the book, something I'm sure the flap of the book will tell you too, but put it together with my initial reaction and you will be compelled to read this book sometime in your lifetime too. John Griffin is a white male writer from Texas in the 60's - he wanted to know what it was like to be a black person in the South in that time. He finally got frustrated with the urge to know and decided to do something about it. He died his skin black and went and lived in the deep south (New Orleans, Mississippi, etc.). His experiences and findings were published as research elsewhere - This book was his personal diary (yes, perhaps a little reminiscent of Anne Frank, but very different). I hope to get through this short book soon to see how these experiences changed Griffin - could you just imagine if your skin color changed, how would people react to you? What would it be like to live life as someone whom you have only observed? If someone did this today, would it make a difference? Are we still racist or just stereotypical towards different races? So many questions and yet the answers could go on forever.

Monday, May 21, 2012

East of Eden

My reflections on "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck: