There is a tower of books beside my bed.

I just finished rereading Krakauer’s: Into Thin Air, the story of the disastrous 1996 Mount Everest climb. I had read it when it first came out. I was, so judgmental! I was certain that I would have gone looking for the missing people, certain that I would not have passed by a dying person. Well, life has this tendency to surprise us and I have learned that I can’t be that assured. I have learned, I hope, not to be so absurdly confident about what I would or would not do. In rereading the book, I felt, not the suspense of the first time, of course, but compassion. It must have been so terrible for everyone involved!

Okay. So why did I pick that book up again? I wanted to read it because I have my own Everest to climb and I do face (we all do) life choices. ( See blog titled Stage Four)

Of course, it wasn’t the choice of the climbers of Mt. Everest to die, but they chose to take a chance. That was their choice. Maybe, that’s not so bad in the end. Taking chances can be terrifying. It can lead us to places we don’t want to be. What if you are stuck in a bad place and then you blame yourself for a bad choice? Oh the agony! But whatever else you do, live your life.

And in that vein, read! It gives such a great access to so many things

So what do I plan to read now?

The children’s book More Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. The original book is Caps for Sale. We found it at a used book sale when the kids were young and loved, loved, loved reading it to them complete with caps thrown about the room. It’s a great read for kids!

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Heriquez, an NPR great read.

Lan Cao’sThe Monkey Bridge, (I actually think I already have a copy of this somewhere) and the following:

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. (Winner of Pulitzer) Oh, also

Gabriel Garcia MarquezThe Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor.

So, I should be busy until the end of January, which bring February and the emerging light of the new year. Then I will need more books.

Let me know what YOU are reading. Let me know how you like what you read and what you won’t read. (Everyone has books they never touch.) Let me know how you are and what you think about. That matters.