Are you reading this year? As a kid I always had my nose in a book avoiding my chore list. 😉 With parenthood has come other responsibilities and a level of exhaustion previously unknown to me. My kids are growing up, though and it feels like a rebirth, a rediscovery of my own humanity if you will. In 2019, I have committed to reading 40 books to coincide with my 40th birthday. (You can see the complete list here.) As I read each book I’ll share why I chose each specific book as well as what I thought of it.
A Book Published in 1979: Sophie’s Choice
Why did I choose this book? Well, because it was a bestseller in 1979 and it was one of only a few on the list that I haven’t already read. That indicates it must be good, right? I mean, they made a movie out of it. Have you read this book? I don’t know friends. When making this list I reserved the right to change my mind. Days on this earth are precious and few. I will not waste them reading a book that is not captivating.
When I picked Sophie’s Choice up from the library my immediate thought was “oooh, that’s a lot longer than I imagined.” I managed to make it about a quarter of the way through but I am not feeling this story yet. Does it get better? I have a pretty wide tolerance for vulgarity, grime and violence in literature. This book isn’t exactly those things but it isn’t exactly not them either. The first quarter of the book moves pretty slowly. Although I’m not as exhausted as I was 5 years ago, I will never finish 40 books in a year if I can’t stay awake. For now, I am saving this one for later. Who knows? I might end up trading it out for something else or I might revisit it later in the year.
If you’ve read this and loved it (or hated it) let me know in the comments below. Should I keep going?