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Reading Right Now: July 2011

I’ve tried a few different ways of sharing what I’m reading on this blog, mainly through posting my monthly Reading Log… but I basically stopped reading anything at all during our move, so that made the whole chart-thing a little sparse.  I still keep up with it in a document on my computer, but for now (at lest) maybe it’s better to share what I’m reading as I’m reading it.

So, in the interest of sharing, here’s what I’m reading right now: technically, I’m still in the middle of several books.  I’m in various stages of reading… you know how it is.  In the interest of full disclosure, the books that I’m involved with at the moment: Ape House, by Sara Gruen; The Annotated Sense and Sensibility, edited by David Shappard, Boundaries in Marriage, by Henry Cloud and John Townsend, and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by KateBernheimer .  But what I’m really, actively reading lately is Committed, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I recently re-read Eat, Pray, Love–exactly one year after the first time I read it, and in almost the same situation, with a surgery on my mind.  I guess I felt I needed something easy to read but with a little something of substance to think about, even though her story is completely different from my own and quite an escape from my own life.  Committed is the sequel, about the author’s struggle with marriage– both mentally accepting the idea of marriage again after a nasty divorce, and actually obtaining the marriage certificate so her foreign-born sweetheart wou’t be deported.

I’m about half-way through (actually, 65%, courtesy of the Kindle) and really enjoying it.  It’s not really about plot, like her previous book, but all about something I’m very interested in– marriage.  Such a vast idea to grapple with, with so many layers of history.  And it’s just such a personal topic, with so many connections to the past, present, and future.  So many opinions about the reasons to marry, and who to marry, and how to marry, and then there’s the marriage itself.  So many personal questions–are you happy?  Did you marry too young, too quick, too slow?  Did you make a mistake?  How much “work” is it really supposed to entail?  How does your marriage compare to your neighbors’, your parents’, your friends’ marriage?  And what does “marriage” even mean?  What is its purpose?  I couldn’t even begin to write a book about these questions–but I’m glad someone else has!

So, this isn’t really a review, since I haven’t even finished it, but if you’re interested in one woman’s journey to accept her part in the history of marriage, I would say to give this book a try.  It brings up a lot of interesting data and the author’s opinions, of course, and they’re all very interesting.  And if you decide to pick it up, let me know what you think 🙂

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