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This seems like a next good endeavor. Drinking good coffee and reading good books. When I read this graphic, I couldn’t help but think of two academics who would spend hours in this occupation (although the preferred beverage was either tea or stout depending on the time of day) and whose written works I have respected and enjoyed for decades: J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis.
Everyone has their preferences for styles of writing and types of books to read. I get that. But I really think you would benefit from reading at least one of these books soon. Yes, even in this potentially busy season; it is important for you to sit and read a good book.
The Hobbit is coming out as a film with part two in two weeks. I know I would be hard pressed to finish that book in two weeks of occasional reading, but if you have time to really get lost in a good book then take it up. Fanciful characters of great imagination come to life under Tolkien’s masterful care. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, and his adventure is Tolkien’s main character with a vital supporting character in the wizard Gandalf. Dwarves, elves, a dragon and all manner of characters you won’t meet on the street are woven through the story of restoring a kingdom to it’s former glory. Smaug the Dragon sweeps in and takes over and well the rest is history. Why is this book an important read? The words. The images. The mystery. The adventure. The character transformation from self-focus to other focus. The redemption. All aspects that make any book a good book in my humble opinion.
I love to re-read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis. It’s one of the titles in his series The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis is quoted thus: “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one until you have read an old one in between.” There is comfort in the familiarity. There are increasing bits of awareness that come as I re-read the progression of the lives and adventures of the characters. Good parts become quotable and they begin to change the way I think.