Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

My Library Shelf Update (#1 & #2)

on November 22, 2019

On October 18, 2019, I returned to the Unger Public Library in Plainview and selected another library shelf for my reading project. I had completed most of the books on the previous shelf and the remaining books were rather offensive to my reading palette. So rather than force myself to read things that I had such a distaste for, I opted to simply find another shelf. The new shelf contains 29 books and covers authors in the POI – PRA range. I was only familiar with the two classics contained on the shelf.

I began my reading with the first volume of a 5 book science fiction series, The Long Earth by Terry Pritchett and Stephen Baxter. The novel was certainly out of my normal comfort zone and not something I would typically read on my own. However, it was a fun departure and I enjoyed Pritchett’s writing style. There are several of his books (outside of the series) on the list. I’m looking forward to exploring more of what he has to offer.

Then it was time to pull a treasured paperback from my home library and read the next book from My Library Shelf. I returned to My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok and immediately recalled why I first fell in love with this novel while at Pepperdine. The exploration of the intersection of faith and art is compelling and in many ways parallels my personal struggles, especially as it relates to dealing with family who simply do not understand my art and the sacrifices it requires. I’ve probably spent more hours interacting with Potok’s text than I should have this week, but I simply could not put the book down! I need to process the text a little more before launching into the other Potok novel on My Library Shelf – The Gift of Asher Lev. I have a feeling that will be part of my Christmas break reading.

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