I love to read.
I love to write.
I love to write about what I read.
Recent reads include The Chosen by Chaim Potek, A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf, Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson and A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. I like them in that order. I will read some more writings by Mr. Potek in the future. I like his style, full of depth but so easy to follow. You can go really deep into the significance of his universal thoughts, or take them at face value, and cherish the simplicity of meaning. I prefer to go both ways and depending on the circumstance. Without spoiling the ending of The Chosen, I would say that as parents, we give our children everything, so we do not die fruitless.
Virginia Woolf has always intrigued me on many levels. I survived the suicides of my grandfather and brother, and in my quest to understand the mind of a person who takes away their breath, I naturally gravitate towards those on that same path. Her novels are difficult. I have attempted them many times. They start so slow, my interest wanes and I find I soon lose heart to push through. Someday I will finish one of her novels, but until then, I will proclaim that A Writer’s Diary is a read that I will find myself picking up often. I immediately went to the last day of her diary that was published, seeking clues as to her thoughts before she ended her life, and was left unrewarded. Her books are not futile, thankfully, and even if they never paint a good picture for me to begin to understand, I at least feel closer to something that haunts me often. Her other book, A Room of One’s Own, since I am not finished with it, I will leave for a later date to comment, but wanted to hear from any of you that have read it and your thoughts.
Lastly, I am in the middle of reading Ultraviolet, a young adult novel, and so far I am intrigued. I am sorry to say I would not replicate RJ Anderson’s writing, finding too much description takes away from the depth of the story, but the theme is interesting enough to keep me plugging along. An interesting side note to the story is that people actually are afflicted with a colorful perception to their senses: synesthesia. If you would like to check out a test you can take to see if you are a synesthete, click here
. You can also google synesthesia and find many websites to browse.