Franz Kafka said, “we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.” What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you?
It is to my greatest displeasure and embarrassment to share that I don’t actually read that much. In the last five years the only books I’ve read are as follows:
- Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
- New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
- Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer
- Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
- The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
- Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin
- Something Blue – Emily Giffin
- Invitation to Ruin – Bronwen Evans
- The Blood That Bonds – Christopher Buecheler
- Jason and Me – Jenna Anderson
And books the I didn’t/haven’t quite finish:
- Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan (read the sample and a few chapters more)
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson (read the sample)
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki (got bored because it started to get redundant)
- The War of Art – Steven Pressfield (currently reading)
The reason I listed all the books I’ve read was so I can choose which of these bit and stung me. It is much easier to have a list to work off of than pulling straight from my chaotic and scattered memory!
All of the 10 books I read had a bite and sting to it. I laughed, I cried, I worried, and I prayed in every one of them for one reason or another. The first two in my list of unfinished books also did the same for me with what little I had read. The War of Art, though I haven’t finished it, was the main reason why I started to write consistently again. I still need to finish that book, but I wasn’t going to let it get in the way of my writing time — writing first, reading second.
Of all of these works, I would have to say The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is the winner. The story and emotions I experienced while reading this book left a deep impression on me. The details and character developments were very intricate, it felt like the author left no stone un-turned. Questions I had and situations I thought could happen were all addressed one way or another somewhere in the novel. When I cried, I flooded the room. When I laughed, I made the house shake. This novel evoked these type of emotions for me and so, this one will have to take the prize for biting and stinging!
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