Reading Breaks Bubbles

2f75802d00000578-3364154-image-a-31_1450362081114Do you realize that if you read just one of the titles suggested in January, you would be better read than the new President of the United States?

It brings up an important value of reading: books allow the reader to experience the world, and not just stew in their own self-involvement. Books develop a vital human trait—empathy—and make it clear that the reader is not the center of the universe. Books expose the true human condition, sometimes sublime, often disappointing; sometimes right, often wrong; loved by some, despised by others.

A clichéd image which is currently in vogue is that of living in a bubble. Possibly the most direct way into this bubble is the result of not reading.

Look over last month’s list and chose one book to read: escape the bubble!

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Will February Bring Literary Goodness

images.jpgThe first month of the new year is over and despite my being a little older, a bit more decrepit, and my books still being stored in packing boxes waiting for the new room with the wonderful bookshelves, I was fortunate to read some rather good books.

Specifically I’d like to give a nod to these excellent titles:

  • Fat City by Leonard Gardener
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Naphtalene by Alia Mamdouh
  • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.

The reading pool for this month is a combination of several new and hopefully comendable titles, a few older titles that I so far have failed to read, and in this case, two authors represented by three or four works to allow for possible deeper study.

There are definitely a few titles on this list that have me excited about the February reading. Do you see anything you might be excited about? Here is the list:

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