Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …
What’s Your Read?
What better time of year to read Fahrenheit 451 than Banned Books Week?
Each time I dive back into the story of professional book-burner Guy Montag, I’m frightened, challenged, comforted, and inspired. Frightened by the number of times the real world, just like this fictional one, is threatened by thought. Challenged to acknowledge my own participation in such a culture. Comforted by the free-thinking characters, even when they are sitting in the (literal) ashes of all they hold dear. And inspired to open myself to a new ideas and experiences by the awakening of Montag’s sedated mind. With every reading, Bradbury’s work checks in on me, asking for an update on all the ideals I valued when last we met, curious as to what will spark my interest now. When I put it back on the shelf, I mourn that the visit is over but am refreshed by the companionship of an old friend.
What story calls you back over and over, asking more and more from you with every telling?
Have a suggestion for my next read? What’s yours?