Blogger: Etta Wilson
Location: Flying cross country
We may be fairly agreed on what constitutes appropriate reading for children of various age levels, but the whole business of what we adults find offensive is another matter. It probably depends on our education and exposure to books (some books we love for the writing craft more than the content). It depends on our faith stance, our life experience, our friends and our needs. What have I forgotten???
Are there certain kinds of books that you will not pick up? Anybody read a comic book lately? I often urge people, especially clients, to go to the bookstore or library to browse. Even as we go, we may be “selecting” to some extent as we make our way to a Barnes & Noble or a Lifeway store.
Do you keep a list of the books you’ve read? Even more, do you know where you got the book? Was it a purchase, a loan or a gift, in which case it was not really your selection unless you had requested it. And can you list the year in which you read those books and what you were living through at that point?
I was looking back at my lists recently. From my childhood, I particularly remember reading the Pollyanna series and crying over an episode. Later it was Gene Stratton Porter’s Girl of the Limberlost. Ten years ago in 1998 I was reading David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars and Piano Lessons by Noah Adams. (I decided not to sell my piano after that one.)
I’m still trying to piece together the interaction of what we absorb into ourselves as we read and its effects on our everyday lives. For example, how can The Shack draw such varied responses from people with pretty much the same faith stance? Interesting to think about. Let me know what you’ve read that had a memorable impact. I’m still retracing my history.