It’s the small, good details in life that make the annoying daily drudgery not quite as irksome.
It might be someone bringing you a cup of your favorite coffee or favorite piece of candy. It can be as simple as listening to music super loud in my car because I’m by myself to and from work. It’s an email from the library that I have a new book in or it’s my snooty cat sleepily soundly on my lap. Most often, it’s the idea that I will get to return to my slippers and book at some point in the day.
I think the things that make you happy best define who you are. It’s nothing you have to work at or learn, it’s just innate. You love what you love. There’s no explaining it, it is what it is.
What are your favorites? What thoughts make your heart sing and your soul happy?
Of course anything or thought book-related makes me glad. I love getting book recommendation or book deal emails. I love getting to talk books with a fellow bookworm or receiving books through snail-mail. I love the idea that there will always be a supply of books bigger than I can read (although it kind of makes me sad too because I want to read all of the good ones, so it’s a catch-22).
This week on themostconstant is all about
The whole idea around this theme started with the thought, what books would I bring on a deserted island?
My answer: big books
My first two choices have been: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
Speaking of big books, what is the longest book you’ve read? As I write this I’m trying to think of the longest book I’ve read. I’ll keep thinking, maybe by the end of this post I’ll have an answer for you.
For today’s post, the next big book I would bring is, The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead, which comes in at 567 pages.
There’s a small story behind this choice.
A few years ago I came across this book in a used book store. I grabbed it and read the back. It sounded interesting and although it was only a dollar, I didn’t buy it.
Side thought: Do you ever find that being frugal makes you even more frugal? Meaning, when a book is a dollar, you still pass it up (like the example above) Or, you find a fantastic price on something, but then the shipping price pisses you off so you don’t buy it. This is me all the time.
Ok, back to the book story. So I passed up The Man Who Loved Children that day and went home. By the way, this whole story took place in December. This matters because about a week after passing it up a guy, who has excellent taste in books was talking about his favorite book of the year. And if you haven’t guessed, it was: The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead.
My last post talked about my lack of timing and this post is all about almost perfect timing. After this was said to be his favorite book of the year I high-tailed it back to the used book shop and snatched that book up.
If you read a lot, then saying a particular book is your favorite of the entire year means that book is probably pretty incredible. Below is the Amazon synopsis:
• In a country crippled by the Great Depression, Sam and Henny Pollit have too much—too much contempt for one another, too many children, too much strain under endless obligation. Flush with ego and chilling charisma, Sam torments and manipulates his children in an esoteric world of his own imagining. Henny looks on desperately, all too aware of the madness at the root of her husband’s behavior. And Louie, the damaged, precocious adolescent girl at the center of their clashes, is the “ugly duckling” whose struggle will transfix contemporary readers. Today, it stands as a masterpiece of dysfunctional family life [ and reads like a Depression-era The Glass Castle ] •
To answer my question from earlier:
Q: What is the longest book I’ve read?
A: The most recent long book that I can think of (which was a few years back) is 11/22/63 by Stephen King, coming in at 880 pages. It’s a great story and you should read it if you get the chance to.
We are almost to Friday, which is the best day of the week. I have one more big book to bring to you tomorrow to finish out this week’s theme. Along with the book will be a drink and a dessert-because that’s what Friday’s are all about on this blog- the good details of life 📚🍷🍰
“Reading—even browsing—an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search.” -James Gleick
“Reading is departure and arrival.” -Terri Guillemets