Laurie over at three dog blog started something with the January 23rd post on her family's '07 book reading competition. How interesting. First of all, that there's enough reading interest in one family to even have a competition is unusual. Secondly, to get a chance to see a monthly list of what a non-famous person is reading (I can always look in Oprah to see what Ben Affleck enjoys reading. . .) is very revealing.
What we read says a lot about who we are. If I don't know a person very well, I'll always ask what they're reading. If I haven't seen a friend in awhile, I'd much rather they ask "What are you reading now?" than "What have you been up to?" The first question gets to my soul and opens up a meaningful conversation. The second just passes the time.
So, here's my reading list for 2007. I thought it was longer, but I guess reality TV, magazines, and politics got in the way. What do you think? Would this list make you want to hang out with me?
None (what happened?)
At 70-Journal of May Sarton by May Sarton
Fireflies in Winter by Jack McCall
Dog Years-A Memoir by Mark Doty
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lying Together-My Russian Affair by Jennifer Beth Cohen
Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
A School Teacher in Old Alaska by Jane Jacobs
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
A Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Loved Dog by Tamar Gellar
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin
Beyond Brokeback-Impact of a Film by Brokeback Forum
Dog Days-Dispatches from Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz
Merle's Door-Lessons of a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier
The Inner Voice-Making of a Singer by Renee Fleming
Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky
Her Way-The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Jeff Gerth and Don van Natta
Life's a Campaign by Chris Matthews
Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
The Lemon Tree-An Arab, A Jew, and Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan
Well, if I didn't know this person except by this reading list, here's what I might think. One, she's absolutely crazy about dogs and wants to know more and more about human/dog relationships and how to live well with them. Second, she's deeply worried about the Middle East and tries to understand the people living there, their culture and conflicts. Third, she is a wanna be artist, interested in living creatively. Fourth, she respects and admires people who show what they're made of by helping others in times of great national and international conflict such as WW II and its aftermath. Finally, she enjoys getting into a good Irish tale, a bit of murder and mayhem, and presidential politics occasionally.
What does your '07 reading list have to say about you?