13 October, 2007

Books, books, books!!!

I've been tagged by Anno to do a book meme. Which is pretty convenient since I seem to be in a bit of a blogging dip.

Total number of books: No clue. Let's just say that in the interest of public safety my bookshelf should probably be roped off with yellow plastic ribbon and marked an avalanche warning*:

Last book read: Sea Glass by Anita Shreve, one of my favorite authors. Lately I'm trying to read fiction exclusively in German-- it's getting easier but is still a bit of a struggle sometimes. This book was so gripping, though, that I devoured it in one weekend.

Last book bought: Seeking the Heart of Wisdom by Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, which is a Vipassana guide by two very inspiring people. So far I'm enjoying this one more than the last Kornfield book I read because it's less abstract and really focuses on deepening the Insight Meditation experience.

Most meaningful book read lately: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. I love Atwood's style, and this book was a real treat. The storyline follows the recollections of a woman who is struggling to accept some deep seated insecurities that plague her as an adult. Atwood masterfully pieces together a tapestry of memories that include key defining moments in her life. The protagonist was teased mercilessly as a child and this book explores the darker sides of human nature, but in a very unsentimental way. It's an excellent read and I can highly recommend it!

*Photo thanks to clearchannel.com


Greg said...

I applaud your efforts at reading books in another language! I wouldn't have thought to use the word "abstract" to describe A Path With Heart, but now I may want to glance at it again with that word in mind.

Betsy said...

You know, I guess it's not the book itself that was abstract, just that I had a hard time putting some of the ideas into a context that was relevant to my current view of the world.

I think that the main difference is that A Path with Heart dealt more with general spirituality whereas this one focuses on specific guidelines for Insight Meditation.

Maybe I should have read this one first...

anno said...

Anita Shreve snagged me earlier this year with her use of language in A Wedding in December and the way she slowly ratcheted up the tension as the story unfolded. Sounds like I need to take a look at Sea Glass.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm having so much fun reading everyone's book choices and getting new ideas for reading. Thanks for posting this!

Goofball said...

cool meme huh...I just played myself.