Oh yes, reading is an adventure. It's a safe place to feel, a place to rest your head. A place to find a friend and make connections without expectations. A book is a doorway into a new world where you may learn something new about yourself or others or the world.
Last year I read 96 books, according to goodreads.com (phew!) and so this year I put a goal of 100 books. So lets give it a go, right?
I actually started rereading the Dune series at the end of 2018. I didn't start with the original by Frank Herbert, oh no, I started with the series his son Brian Herbert and his coauthor Kevin J. Anderson concocted together. And they are amazing (and many). Before the Dune series is the trilogy that goes over the beginning of the Atriedes, and the eventual fall of the Intelligent computer Omnius, way before the original Dune book events occur (like hundreds of years). Start with The Butlerian Jihad and be ready to shell out the cash for ALL of these books, you won't ant to stop.
In my opinion, these two wrote novels that are easier to read, compared to Brian's father (though of course we love those books too). But each of these books that these two write are tombs because Kevin and Brian really are really dedicated to developing the characters of the Dune universe. So if you are rushing to fill a book number to read quota, these may not be your ticket. But if you want a really good read, sit back and just enjoy because these worlds are fascinating.
I've also started reading an ethics book written by Robin Wood, famous for her Robin Wood Tarot, called When, Why ...If. This book was introduced to me by the head of a local Wiccan Coven that I will be studying with (me nervous about strangers? nah). It was published in 1996 and goes over the ethics of the karma (whatever you put out comes back on your times 3, no matter good or bad) and breaks it down to Honestly, Self, Love, Help, Harm, and Sex (roughly).
Now, I've taken ethics classes before, in graduate school, so I am finding this book fascinating as it is coming from a Wiccan perspective and it is amazing to me how much of it I got innately. I was raised Protestant originally, with the "Do Unto Others as You Would Have Done Unto You" being a house rule above all others. And I am trying to raise my kids the same. This book dives right down and asks you the really hard questions about yourself in a way that is, frankly, refreshing. How well do you know yourself?
What else am I reading?.. Hmm.
Oh yes! The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and boy am I inhaling it. Now, I do have a time to time criticism about some historical tidbit, but I try to never let that get in the way of a good story with well developed characters, and this is a good story. I have never been a huge fan of Achilles, I was more like, Eh. But this story is told from the perspective of Patroclus, the lover of Achilles. It's really very heartbreaking from multiple perspectives, the idea that Achilles knew he was going to die at Troy, but he went anyway? It's really quite poignant.
This book is leading up to me reading Circes, but I wanted to wait until I finished this one. Madeline does a wonderful job making her characters seem, human. These are mythological men (and goddesses) and she makes it so that we both understand, hate, like, relate and wonder at these characters. It's really very good and I wholeheartedly suggest it, though I'm only 57% into the book.
What are you reading?
Did you go make a plan for the goodreads challenge?
Read on, my friends! Read on!