Since then I've pretty much read anything I can find. Then I went to college and majored in history, so reading became the only thing - it's always fun to walk into the bookstore and find that one of your classes requires 21 books, and, no, I'm not making that up. I read literature, works of fiction, contemporary nonfiction, primary sources, interview transcripts, poetry, song lyrics, articles, photo essays, and textbooks; if it involved words, it was somewhere on one of my syllabi. I read A LOT, but I was good with that because I love to read.
What I came to understand, to really know, during that time is the power of words. So many times the pen has been mightier than the sword, or at least what caused the sword to be raised and later what caused the sword to be laid to rest. Words bring us together, pull us apart, start movements, define eras, humanize people we will never have the chance to meet; words are powerful and I take them seriously. Of course, that involves laughing pretty seriously as well. Humor works just as well as tears in most instances and I love a book that makes me laugh out loud. I love books. I love the people that write them. And I love to tell people about the books I love.....and loathe.
5 Favorite Books*To Kill a Mockingbird
*The Color Purple
*Me Talk Pretty One Day
*Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
*The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
*The Catcher in the Rye