The summer is the time when post people get caught of on their reading. I made a list of 100 books that I had to read this year, many of which are the classics. But the thing is this, I am reading the classics, but not necessarily the ones on my list, and that’s okay. I’ll eventually get to those.
Instead of burying myself only in the past, I’m trying to find a balance between the classics and contemporary fiction. I have always been an active reader, but there is a change taking place inside me, I find myself going even deeper into the books. I try to understand the lives of the characters, what can they teach me?
I love books with strong female characters, and I get extremely annoyed with weak women making bad decisions in books. One day it finally occurred to me, yes, it’s great to have strong characters, but the world is filled with both strong and weak people, and it should be okay.
We all screw up in life, and some more than others. We all make mistakes and bad decisions at one point or another in our lives. I have made many mistakes in my life, and some of them have been major. And looking back, I wonder, “what was I thinking?” when I made those bad choices.
This summer, I allowed myself to be swept deep into the books I have been reading, and it’s not all good. I have remembered things that I would rather forget, and I have received insights into who I am. I have also received insights into people who are very different from me. Reading novels have taken me on a path to my soul, to my very essence.
The books I have been reading include: The Unfinished Garden, The Book of Summers, Blood Red Road (Dustlands, Book 1), Holding On, The Rise of Silas Lapham (review), Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel, Saint’s Gate, and many more. I have been reminded about the importance of forgiveness, dealing with loss and fighting for what you believe in.
I’d like to hear from you, what are you reading this summer? Have you read any books that are taking you on a path to your soul? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.