I am in the middle of finishing my 125th book of 2012. This year I wanted to crush my amount from last year (also 125 books) but moving homes took quite a bit of my extra time these past few months, so I will have to be okay with meeting last year’s amount. 125 is not too shabby. Right?
One of the last books I read in 2012 is called “My Ideal Bookshelf.” It is not a novel or a memoir, but a book that shares the top books of many 100 well-known individuals: authors, chefs, fashion designers, etc. It shares a page excerpt from each person, and then their list of books. The website for this book states the individuals: “…reveal the books that matter to them most—books that reflect their obsessions and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world.” Since I am such a book addict I wanted to read this book before the end of the year so that I could hopefully feel inspired and add many new (or old) options to my list for 2013. Even though many of the excerpts talk you through different books that matter to them, they also share ideas that can uplift and resonate about their own life experiences. I was inspired by this quote from Rosanne Cash:
“I think books find their way to you when you need them. Whenever I feel like I’m not going to live to read all the books I want to read, I remind myself that the important ones find their way to me.”
What a cool idea. Often we think the right people come into our life when we need them most, but many times we do not have these people there when we need them. I like the idea of knowing that the important books find their way to us when we need them, especially if the people in our lives are not there for us when we might need them. I know there have been times when I have checked a book out from the library and brought it home, and because of all the other books I had checked out I had to return it before I had a chance to read it. Yet, many weeks and sometimes months later when I had the book back in my hands and I open and read it, the words were just what I needed to hear, think about, and ponder. In those times I have often thought about how that particular book found its way to me just when I needed it most.
I hope that the books you need find you in 2013.
And I felt pretty good about reading in the 50s. Congrats on 125!
Thank you! 50 books is a great feat! Congrats!
Nice work TamiPants! 125 books ain’t too shabby at all! My goal was to finish 5 books this year ….ha! xo
Thanks, WCC! Did you meet your 5?!?
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I love your insight that “… the right people come into our life when we need them most…. the important books find their way to us when we need them….” In fact, I found this post from a link in today’s Jan 3 post…and I needed to hear this…today!
It’s a lovely “uncluttering” concept for the new year — that we don’t need to save or hoard — books, magazines, articles, whatever, because when we need them, they’ll come back into our lives. I’ve experienced that time after time, but hadn’t considered it as a universal truth. And in the meantime, those things we recycle will be enlightening someone else who’s ready for them. So glad you’re sharing your writing with us!
YAY! Siouxsioux. Thank you for sharing! I, in fact, needed your comment on January 3! I had not even thought of books I might be keeping, but it makes so much sense. I proceeded to clear through quite a bit in the house that day. Yay for lightening the load, and knowing it comes back when we need it most!