Just a Quick Question….

September 7, 2009 | NeW Staff

I have always loved to read, but in my recent move into the post college “real world”, my love of books has proven to be an unexpected problem. First of all, in moving out of my parent’s house, I have realized I have more books than I have room for in my new living situation. This has resulted in both the back seat and the trunk of my car being filled will boxes of books. That wouldn’t be too bad except for the additional fact that the building across the street from where I work is a Borders. This coupled with the fact that I have a bit of money to spend,and little by little the passenger seat of my car is beginning to fill up, as well.

The ironic thing is, when people ask me for book recommendations, I am never adequately prepared. One of my sisters is in high school. The other day, I asked her what she had been reading lately and her face lit up. She handed me a thick book and told me I MUST read it.After 5 pages of  this trendy vampire novel (which shall remain nameless), I had to give up. I couldn’t endure the first person narration of an angsty teen any longer. The problem was, however, off the top of my head, I had nothing to suggest to my sister to read instead.

My love of books attracted me to NeW as an undergraduate, so with this dilemma, I come to you. What I want to address is the type of book that NeW doesn’t usually handle, yet isso vital to formation and education: the novel. Unfortunately there is a lot of crap fiction out there, which I think can be fairly dangerous. While I am notg oing to tell my little sister to read the Gossip Girl books, Return to Modesty doesn’t quite move your soul the way a the writing of a Bronte woman does,either. There are so many amazing books out there which scream the truths we so want reflected in society, or at least ask the key questions. How do we find them?

I finally read Anna Karenina this summer, as well as Till We Have Faces and Persuasion. What shall I read next? Or better, what were some of the most influential books to you growing up? What is a good bookyou have read recently? Not that I need my addiction fed, but I believe nominally secular works of art can be such important sources of truth and ridiculously influential in society. Do share!!!

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