December 1, 2013
None of my friends read recreationally, and, realizing this, I'd really like to meet some fellow, local book nerds. :)
Fiction, I guess? It seems harder to write an engaging non-fiction than a complete fabrication. Beyond that, I don't play favorites. I read a fair bit of speculative fiction (horror, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.) but I really enjoyed Catch-22 and other conventional lit. As long as it's well-written and engaging, I'm on-board!
Right now, I've got a collected volume of Thoreau's "Life on Walden Pond" and "Civil Disobedience". You want to talk about a "feel-good" book, this is pretty hard to beat. The former is a treatise on life lived in the woods, apart from society, taken in good humor and good stride, providing an outsiders look in on the human world's hurly burly. Despite this self-imposed alienation, Thoreau truly loved other people and all life, and his latter work has inspired great civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. "Simplify, simplify, simplify" to find fulfillment and happiness, Thoreau advises, and be excellent to each other.
I'm Blake, a crumby writer living in St. Charles.