Reading List

I have a to-read list a mile long, I am always adding to it and moving books up and down on it. Today a new book made it to the top, and I will probably start reading it tonight or tomorrow, depending on how much of my current book I have left. I am always intrigued by how random this process is, so I decided to share.

Today I was adding a photo to my 365 Project in the album that I use to fill in the story of my life between projects. I added the best photo from the trip Les and I took to Redwoods State and National Parks for my 27th birthday. I like to have a quote or song lyric to go along with those photos, and so I searched for a quote about redwoods. The first result was this quote from John Steinbeck,

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

I had never heard of Travels with Charley, and since I love every other book I’ve ever read by John Steinbeck, I decided it was going on the top of my to-read list.

I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it as I have a soft spot for road trip books. I looked it up and discovered that there is a bit of criticism around it because it isn’t 100 percent real. Once I saw that I decided that I had to read it, a novelist not being completely literal when romanticizing his homeland, how could I not?

I recently re-read Kerouac’s On the Road, when I read an article complaining that the characters were narcissistic and unlikable. My conclusion was, of course they were, that’s the point. I think too many people think a character has to be likable to be good and that’s just not the case.

But that isn’t really the point, I just think it’s odd how often and randomly I update my reading list. Also I had nothing else saved up to write about this week.

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.” ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

 

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