Day 6 of the Gratitude Challenge: Books.
Books are a great love in my life. They’re why I became a high school ELA teacher. They’re why I look forward to having the summers off. They’re we seem to constantly need more shelving in our house. I am a book nerd.
I could go on about books forever. My favorite book (The Catcher in the Rye), favorite series (Harry Potter), favorite genre (chick lit, I know people hate the phrase), or favorite author (changes, today’s answer will be different from tomorrow, and is different from yesterday’s). If you would like to see my have-read, to-read, and/or reading list, I am on goodreads and would love some more friendly faces to add!
I wanted to talk about my current obsession. Cheryl Strayed. I read her book, Wild, in January and promptly saw the movie. I loved the book. It is her memoir losing her mother to cancer, how it turned her life upside-down, and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to regain control. I really related to it because of the recent loss of my own mother. While I had no intention of going on a 1,000+ mile hike by myself, I related to many of the feeling she described. The feeling of loss, hurt, despair, anger, and numbness. Wild was the first book chosen for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and for good reason. It is an engaging, authentic book, and Strayed writes with a relatable voice.
I have since then bought 2 of the 3 other books she has written: Tiny Beautiful Things and, most recently Brave Enough. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of letters and responses from her advice column Dear Sugar on therumpus.net and is great. She answers all the completely different questions she gets (everything thing from WTF to how do I not write like a girl?) She answers with such honesty, such care and compassion, it’s hard not to think of her as a friend, a close friend, who is answering these questions for you.
After I began reading Tiny Beautiful Things I found out Strayed and the creator of Dear Sugar, Steve Almond, do Dear Sugar Radio, a bi-weekly show where they answer various letters. It’s cool to hear the both of them read the letters and talk them through. It is worth the listen if you have the time!
I’m very excited to say that they are doing a live taping of Dear Sugar Radio on November 17th and I was able to get tickets to go. I’m so excited to meet her and have her sign my books. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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