Hey There Friends! I’ve been loving the blogs lately that are just… trying to put some light and fun back into our crazy cooped up world. So, I’m going to try to emulate them with some old school blogging fun. I don’t know if anyone else remembers when we did a lot of fun “about me” type lists but… I miss those. So, this week (or for the whatever foreseeable future) I’m going to share some lists of 3’s about me. For today, books.
3 Books/Book series:
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. This book literally changed my view of writing and… everything? It was the first book of Hoffman’s that I read. So much of what I had read in the previous years was Hemingway and Kerouac and other very masculine energy. Which is powerful but.. not how I write naturally? So I had struggled a bit. And along came Hoffman and these beautiful images and feelings and I was hooked! Plus, all the little bits of magic and superstition that fit so well into my worldview.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Speaking of my worldview… Ignore the overtones of colonialism and you pretty much have the backbone of my theology right here- oh hey right, Lewis was a theologian. The Creator of the Universe imbued it with more beauty and mystery than our tiny mortal brains could ever possibly understand. Yet basic morality is the same throughout? Love and be kind, embrace wonder, and do good. Walk through the world with the eyes of a child and the heart of a lion.
- The Spenser novels by Robert B Parker. I started re-reading these, in order, last fall. I was thinking I was almost ready to start the sequels by other authors. Then the new Netflix movie came out. Just like with Lewis there are some… problematic themes and terms you need to acknowledge with the earlier books. Parker was a product of his times and grew with the times he lived in. The same with Spenser. Spenser was introduced to the world in Massachusetts in 1974- the same year and place I was! Things have changed a lot since then. Anyway… Spenser covers a lot about caring for yourself and others in ways people don’t really get. And I think that’s why the new movie was such a disappointment. (I enjoyed it- but it wasn’t Spenser.) Spenser cooks amazing meals, whether he’s alone or with someone special. Why? Because why not, really? You’re going to eat. Spenser runs and lifts and only part of that is because of his job. Otherwise it’s because- you really just should take care of your body. And because, even if you aren’t a badass PI you should really be able to take care of yourself. So he cooks, and he cleans, and he lifts and he runs. And it’s the 70’s and those are all pretty novel things. Oh- and he’s relatively uneducated but he also reads. Really reads, poetry and the classics but also new things. There’s a lot of conflict around an inner moral code, the job, and the realities of the world around us. Don’t get me wrong, these are still quick read detective novels with a lot of fight scenes. But the character himself is multi dimensional and someone I really identify with. (Note- Susan annoyed the F out of me for a very long time. I definitely identify more with Spenser than Susan. Then again, I was born in the decade when that character was trying desperately to figure her life out so my worldview and life experiences are very different.)
When I started writing this post it was going to be like 6 lists of 3. LOL that didn’t happen. So, hopefully this will be a fun series! Please let me know what book, book series (or 3!) have meant a lot to you! And have you read any of these?