The best book I have ever read in my entire life is "Housekeeping," by Marilynne Robinson. I read this when I was 18 and it was so beautiful, poetic and perfect. I cried when I finished reading it. I save it for special occasions.....and allow myself to read it only once every few years.
My sister and I once went on a 5 day, 32 mile mountain pass hiking trip. I had brought 3 paperbacks, feeling that they might get me through the week long trip. On the last night out on the trail....I was out of books. Lili had only gotten half way through her book (an Agatha Christie novel) and I begged her to give it to me. Of course she refused! I then reasoned with her; since she had already read half the book, she didn't need that first half, did she? and convinced her to tear the book in half so I could read the beginning.
I ususally keep an even balance of fiction to non-fiction. Once, I felt like perhaps I was spending too much time in other people's fantasies and decided I should go on a month-long "Fiction Fast." I thought long and hard about how I would get through a month like that and promptly got a really, really bad stomach ache. And bagged the whole idea.
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