Blessings

One of the greatest blessings of my life is the ability to lose myself in a book every single day of my life.

I heard that many people read voraciously as kids but then somehow lose the capacity to enjoy reading in adulthood. I’m very sad for them. Reading is truly one of the things that make life worth living.

My husband and I are a curious pair. He stayed up until 3 am last night reading Chris Arnade while I stayed up reading Anthony Trollope.

People say on Twitter that they can no longer read literature because they are used to getting a constant stream of dopamine hits from social media, and books don’t measure up. I have a feeling they aren’t reading the right literature because there’s no social media in existence that can do to a brain what Trollope does.

7 thoughts on “Blessings”

  1. For me, I’m just too fried at the end of the workday to read much of anything. I imagine I’m not alone in this. I get plenty of reading done on my days off though!

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    1. I read all Anthony Trollope’s as a teenager! I’ve always loved reading over everything else. My parents were happy to buy all the books for me, but realised they had created a monster when I didn’t study for exams b/c I couldn’t stop reading.

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      1. Another Trollope fan here. I like a bunch of the other Big Victorians as well, but for comfort reading Trollope still comes out ahead.

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    I am not familiar with Trollope, so I will mention my current favourites. Nnedi Okorafor is at the top of the list. And the duo Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse are a close second, although I have now read all three of their novels. I am eagerly awaiting another. What I will say is that they are the first Holmes books since Conan Doyle that are as good as his are.

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  3. Trollope is a real gem. My favourite is “The way we live now” If you are in to audio books, then Simon Vance has done a lot of them, and he can make his voice do anything. Great immersion literature. BTW, our library is now open, for now as “closed stacks” curbside pickup and return but more usual hours are soon, I understand.

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    1. It’s my favorite, too! But for some reason I can’t find a review of it on the blog. I know I read it in 2011, so maybe the review got lost in the great move between the blogging platforms.

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