To be lost in worlds
Within another world,
And several hours to bathe
In something different
From this washed out world.
Bit of a book review today. I recently read a five star book and it just reminded me just how much I love books, which is always a nice thing to remember.
The book was Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink and it was a memoir about her life through the medium of books. The chapters alternated between one about her life and then a corresponding list of books that Cathy suggests we could read.
Memoirs are so hit and miss for me. Some I adore (Wild by Cheryl Strayed) and some I just can’t even get to the end of. I did read somewhere that a famous memoirist said that to be good at that genre you have to be prepared for the reader to hate you. You have to be willing to show your ugly side.
Now, Cathy didn’t make me hate her at any point, but she did talk about her lack of confidence and that must ring true with lots of introverted book worms the world over.
There was also a lot about grief as her brother tragically died when they were teenagers and I think that as human beings we all want to see how other people cope with that emotion. We all have to lose people and there is no easy way to get through that pain.
By the end of the book, I just wanted to read some more. And, as an English teacher it was nice to read about someone who was equally as passionate about getting people to read, especially those who have not yet been introduced to reading as something fun.
4 thoughts on “books about books”
I think that’s a really innovative approach to memoirs, Rachel – a memoir about books! I love to read, and it’s always interesting to learn what other readers like to read. I think there’s a sort of bond that you form with other readers, if that makes sense.
Yes, we are like our own little breed. People who don’t belong to our group think we are totally weird – but I’m OK with that.
I love to read. I’d read peoples grocery lists if i had nothing else to read. Thank you for sharing your great review.
Agreed. I can feel the happy hormones zinging around my body as soon as I pick up a book.