A Celebration of Reading
This is the latest incarnation of A Celebration of Reading. The website has been online at various locations around the network since 1997 and recently moved from the Apple servers to join up with the weblog called Rocking on the Cat’s Tail and become what you see on these pages.
ACOR is dedicated to books, reading, and critical thinking.
On this site you will find a listing of the books I have pooled for reading during the month as well as the titles of the books I am actively pursuing. If you want to know more about what I have readily available for reading selections you can browse my bookshelves as I often do while searching for a specific title or perhaps just seeing what I might pull out for addition to my monthly pool.
Although it never seems correct or up-to-date I have included a copy of the inventory of books I have read since I started reading on my own with some seriousness back in the 1950’s.
I try to make comments on the books I have read recently and have included the comments from each year going back to 1997 when I started this website. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without ranking the best books I have read so I include both some general rating lists and list specific to each year since 1997. Additionally, there at times when I need to pontificate or otherwise make an extended comment about a recent reading selection and I will use the weblog to capture my ever expanding words.
If you run into me on any of the online reading groups you may have had a taste of Parker’s Rules. For those that haven’t had the experience and for those that just can’t seem to remember the rules and myths of literature, I have included them on this site and will include some personal comments on reading, literature and critical thinking as the muse grabs me (can you ever fill a web log?).
So I hope you pick up some suggestions from this site that will have you racing over to the nearest library or bookstore for a must-read book.
You can navigate through all the pages of this site by selecting from the pull-down menus. One advantage to using what is essentially a web log to host ACOR is that there is a greater chance of intercommunication since comments are solicited on just about every page. So take advantage and add a comment if you are so inclined or drop me an email.
Name: Michael Parker
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Interests: Reading, Writing, Thinking
Status: Retired Boulevardièr, Professional Curmudgeon
When you retire, there is a tendency to have all those little things that have defined you for years and years fade away, overcome by an increase in doctor’s appointments, tedious pill sorting, and hours spent on the living room floor crying, “Help! I fell and I can’t get up!”
No, really. I had a stroke about ten years ago and I can’t get up off the floor without the assistance of a table or couch. I get around okay with a sturdy cane but curbs are still my nemesis. Unfortunately, not having good balance or endurance, I tend to sit at my desk most of the day or reading on the porch if the weather is nice. I live alone now but even with my disabilities, I can do my own laundry, make my own meals, and take the puppies out for a walk several times a day (if I don’t go too far). I have a woman who comes in every-other week to scrub, dust, vacuum, and do all those things that make my little house sparkle.
I escaped two evil things when we left New Jersey: snow and stairs. Now I can be a full-time curmudgeon. I sit out on the veranda and read all year round: the herons stalk the edges of the lagoon; the alligators drift across the water; I have my feet up reading French poetry; and at least one of the dogs is curled up in the chair beside me dreaming of rabbits and armadillos.
My daughter lives only a few hours away. She teaches English and Film at the University level and she keeps me up-to-date on the new theories of philosophy, psychology and literature. She’s also a great cook and all the ladies in my cul-de-sac look forward to her coming around the holidays and cooking us all a fabulous meal, inevitably leaving new recipes for the ladies to try themselves.