I've been reading a LOT recently on my solo tour d'USA (although apparently when you're a solo traveller with a British accent in the USA, you might as well be a people magnet... a handy time to be bilingual!).
I like books about people. I like books that put historical or human events into context with the qualities and traits that enhance and hamper us all, from the most loving and wonderful to the ugly, selfish parts of human nature. The reasons why I love certain books could be a post in itself - and it might seem surprising that what prompted this blog post was the book I read first and enjoyed the least out of my ongoing reading splurge. 'Wild', now made famous by a certain film, is the autobiographical tale of a woman who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail as a sort of hiking mission to heal her past, a pilgrimage of salvation. On paper (no puns intended), I should have loved this book. It took me a while to work out why it didn't 'click' with me - and I think it all comes down to the conclusion of the book: of being lost, and that being resolved, and that being a positive thing.
|I return the pastry pro! Learning the art of a|
perfect pastry for tarts and crostatas in the
German quarter Chicago, IL.
For the first time, I am joyously, and contentedly, lost.
|Chicago - city of the best date and bacon rolls, free summer|
concerts and ... oh so much else. Under-rated place.
|The Acknowledgements slide for the Bindra lab for the next|
3 years! Bye Bye Bindra lab :(
|Iconic lovin'. By the USS|
Midway, San Diego, CA.
|Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA. Thanks to the Pacific Ocean for taking |
good care of me in my absence (and more than rewarding me
during my morning runs!)
Because I like people. Even if I am a doctor who's a bit lost, surely that's worth something.
P.S. As an antidote to the potential negativity of the 'book I liked least' - which is, of course, not to do disservice to what is a highly acclaimed bestseller written by an amazing lady! - the best book I have read thus far during this mini-American-educational-reading session was 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings'. WOW. Essential reading (esp for any American dwellers) for which there are not enough words to describe how much I loved Maya Angelou's PHENOMENAL prose. And now hopefully being enjoyed by its new owner :)