Christina's Bedside Table Book List: May
There seems to be a random theme I have going on with my bedside reading material.
I'm a book whore. I can't stay loyal to just one book. To be honest, I have books laying around all over my house. I can sit anywhere and have a book at arms reach. It's a little bit of heaven. It should be one of those magical habits that unknown geniuses should have, and you never knew you were a genius until you read on pinterest that someone has the same habit. This leads you to saying, "Oh Crap! I'm a literary genius!" No one needs to know that I still need Lisa to do a grammar check on EVERYTHING I post. Thank you Lisa for being the grammar genius of our duo.
The books above kinda lead into one another. Of course it started with our May book club choice: WILD. Cheryl (the author) had/has me on a quest for my own personal adventure. Like I've said before, if this lady with all her problems can traverse the PCT… pshh… I can do just about anything.
Since I was on a travel/adventure kick I picked up Philip Caputo's most recent book; The Longest Road. It has been a simple and enjoyable read. So many times through this book and I have to stop and check myself that this man is 70 years old and shares the same outlook on how I see things. He is a tough guy, if Dirk Pitt (fictional character from Clive Clussler novels) was a 70 year journalist, he would TOTALLY be this guy. I love him! Philip documents his journey from Key West, FL all the way to Deadhorse, Alaska. Along the way he asks Americas what THEY believe is holding us together as Americans. The thing is he isn't talking to the average American. The route they take on this journey is via OLD highways, he avoids major interstates. This leads him coming across people that live in somewhat rural areas. People who know where EVERYTHING they own and consume comes from. These are also people that are aware of THEIR culture. I am not saying "we" as the average American or not "cultured", but most of us don't know where WE came from. Where our families came from or what they went through to be here in this great country of ours. Most of their journey sticks to the route that Lewis & Clark traversed to get to the Pacific.
This leads into The Journals of Lewis & Clark. Caputo constantly referred to the legendary mappers journals throughout his travels. Pulling out quotes, and small history lessons of the locations he stopped in. So I had to get the book. I'm an American! We should know about this right? If not, one day during a trivia game at a wing joint I will TOTALLY be secure on my knowledge of the Northern territories and Sacajawea.
Now you are wondering about the Mark Twain novel. Hell as I sit here I am trying to remember why I ordered it… Yes! Now I remember. In Caputos book he listed out the items he packed along in his Airstream, and one of those items was the novel; The Innocents Abroad. He stated that he has read this book numerous times… It was Mark Twains book to stardom, and here I thought it was Huckleberry Finn. Once I finish the books I will fill you in on my thoughts, but AGAIN my trivial knowledge will increase with accumulating a library of the classics.
Last book? Well I can't go shopping on Amazon without securing another sewing book! What drew me in was the Around the World quilt. I believe it needs to happen. It will probably become a U.F.O (un-finished project), but who knows, maybe the challenge will ignite a deeper sense of adventure… Maybe it will take me forever to sew on the continent of Australia, which leads me late into the night saying to myself "once I get this Aussie continent on, I WILL have my own walk-a-bout, become my own damn Crocodile Dungdee!".
What's on your bedside table? Did you finish Wild? Are you coming to our book club meeting? LISA! When is our book club meeting? Hehehehe… That means a party, and I am totally there.