I was inspired by Iris at HoardofBooks to take part in Top Ten Tuesday as organized by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In. Sifting through my bookshelf (physical and Goodreads), I found that I haven’t read nearly enough books! Although I did manage to come up with an interesting mix of 7 and 3 bookish worlds that fit the theme for me.
7 Bookish Worlds I’d Want to Live In:
Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson — Cat rodeos, dead-squirrel puppets and voodoo vaginas. Living with Jenny Lawson would provide a lot of fun and laughter.
The Indigo/Ruby/Jade Notebook by Laura Resau — Where do Zeeta and Layla actually live? They make a home and build a community anywhere they land. I find that very cool and inspiring. Plus constant exposure to clowns might help me understand them better.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver — I want to live here all the time. Good clean food year round. The food without the tremendous amount of work would be ideal. I’d like to be their neighbour and buy my food from them.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero — I am reminded to love myself at the end of every chapter. That can only be a good place to live.
The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby — I can relate to all of the characters on Woefield Farm, and I want them as friends. I’d like to live nearby so I could drop in and visit from time to time.
Adventure on Whalebone Island by M. A. Wilson — If I could re-live my childhood, I’d like this one. Perfect combination of kid cousins with freedom to explore while also being fed nourishing food and learning to help out with responsibilities. Hey, my childhood was actually like that in some ways!
Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words by Peace Pilgrim and Peace — Mildred Norman devoted the last 28 years of her life to peace. She gave up nearly every possession and walked repeatedly across the United States. I didn’t think I could do that until I learned that she kept her toothbrush and comb. Now I could live there.
3 Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In:
The Giver by Lois Lowry — At first it seems ideal, but it turns out the Community is just plain creepy. Let me out!
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende — I didn’t get any warm fuzzies from this epic saga of the Trueba family, but what really freaked me out was witnessing how a slow build of political underpinnings can seemingly transform a country overnight.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand — The antagonist characters made me highly agitated as they held on to their entitlement beliefs. The female protagonist turned on by physically-dominant males was an irritating storyline. And nobody should ever have to listen to/read a 3-hour monologue by John Galt. If only he’d been in Toastmasters!
What a fun way to experience books! If you are a reader and blogger, I encourage you to take part in Top Ten Tuesday. Here is the list of upcoming themes. I’m looking forward to posting again in three weeks with my top ten reads for this summer—because I would LOVE to read ten books this summer, and there are several on my physical shelf just waiting for me to crack them open already!
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