My goal for 2012 was to read one book a month. For some, that aspiration may be measured as pitiful on the meter stick of scholarly. For others, that may be a lofty stretch. Me? I didn't read a damn book all of 2012. Not one. By now, I am gathering that my regular readers know that this space is meant for honesty not perfectedy. There just ain't no sense in lying.
So. Ahem. I opted to do what any tail-between-the-legger would do. I picked my non-reading self up and moved right into 2013 with the exact same goal. I am aiming to read one book a month for the year of 2013. I want this space to be utilized not so much as a report card for accountability, but more so cheerfully as a place of celebration.
I read it. Finished it two nights ago. I decided to take the time to free write words that sprung forth in my mind as I read the book. I typed them atop the cover you see above. This book was so smooth to read. It's content was hard to have pressed into my heart, but I liked that it was there just the same. I appreciated so much the conviction of Skeeter and Aibileen. There was something that stuck with me about Celia Foote. Her naive delusional debutante-like strength made me love the connection with Minny even more. Minny. Oh.sweet.Minny.
- It made me want to write my prayers down like Aiblieen does every night.
- There are too many Hilly Holbrooks in this world.
- Mae Mobley may just be the next Skeeter.
- Secret Stories should be told more even today on topics of more love and less hate.
- The transparency and hateful selfishness of Elizabeth Leefolt is that inner follower in all of us; forsaking priority and the privilege of love only to keep up with the next trend, hot topic or social whatnot.
- Goodbyes on unfair terms are gut wrenching for the little and the big.
- Hope & courage are Aibileen and Minny.
- Our lacks leave us lousy if we let them; there's a Leroy that lives in us all.
I loved my #1 for
2012 2013. I'm glad I have given myself another go at the spine cracked side of life. I am quite certain these characters will make more of me as I peek inside them only to find myself with each turn of the page.