Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Nemesis, Defeated.

Ideal Bookshelf 73

My first love was reading. My parents used to catch me in bed late at night with a flashlight reading under the covers. I studied literature in college. Even my thoughts are "written" out in my head. I've read hundreds of books over the years. But eventually, I met my match: the unabridged David Copperfield. If I had a nemesis in book form, it would be David Copperfield. 

This book has been following me around (literally) since 1998. I got it in high school, took it to college, it's been on road trips, airplanes and hospital stays. I've started and made it halfway through at least four times. So giving up on my goal of reading it by my 30th birthday was not an option. 

I finished the book last week. And to be honest, I'm glad it took me so long. I think my life experience has given me a depth of understanding that I lacked a decade ago. As I read, I kept wondering if Mr. Dickens is perched atop his cloud in Heaven watching people read his work. If he is watching, I'm sure I put on quite a show for him. I laughed. I cried. I loved it. I think that's why I love Charles Dickens so much. His words and his wit are timeless. 

I'm kind of at a loss now, though. I've always had this book waiting for me. Now that I've conquered my foe, what should I read next? Any suggestions?


And a side note: How fantastic is this print? My new favorite etsy artist is Jane Mount. She'll even do a custom painting of your very own bookshelf for you. Gorgeous work; and what a great gift for the avid reader on your list this holiday season. 


Jill GG (good life for less) said...

yay for finishing it! I have had that with pride and prejudice AND war and peace. Two books that I so desperately want to read, but each time it turns into a snooze fest! That should be my goal for 2011!

As for new/good books, I'm kind of in a book slump myself... but the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series books are REALLY good! That is, if you haven't read them already!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Love this print and this story! I was kind of like that with 100 Years of Solitude and then when I finally got into I couldn't put it down and read the whole thing in 3 days! I also recommend The Moor's Last Sigh by Rushdi...and The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker.

Hope all is well with you!

xoxo Mary Jo

Erin said...

I have never been able to get into that book either. I was fine with it...up until reading this. Now I want to get through it! Ugh! Thanks A more thing to add to the list :)

nmaha said...

Found your blog through the it list. You are inspiring me to sketch and paint again.

Thank you

off switch said...

congrats on finishing the book christina! i would be proud of myself if i were you.

also, happy belated 30th! much love to you!