March 10, Monday evening -- Reading Li Hong Zhi

Reading Zhuan Fa Lun, or, as she translated in English-- Turn the Wheel of the Life, by Li Hong Zhi. It's a book about one type of Buddhist school. She's reads the book frequently, since 2005 when she became a practicing Buddhist. It teaches the principles of the cosmos: how to be a good person, how to be truthful, compassionate. Easy to say, she said, but hard to practice in daily life.

She also likes reading about finance--like Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter--and, about gardening, even though she no longer lives in a house with a garden.

Are there books you read that make you nostalgic for different places you've lived?

12 Comments:

Jen said...

i was going to say that i don't have any place to be nostalgic about, since i've only lived in one city. but then i rememeber a book i read 2 years ago, about two brothers' childhood in my neighbourhood. it was set about 6-7 years before 'my time' but they lived 2 buildings from me so everything was familiar-yet not (the name wouldn't mean anything to you, since it's in romanian, by romanians).

a book that made me nostalgic for somewhere i haven't lived is 'tales of a female nomad' by rita gelman golden. i want to travel like her.

Sonya said...

Hi Jen,
Do you live in Romania or study Romanian? It must be a lovely language. I'd love to read a book set in my neighborhood--I was just looking at the satellite views on Google Earth of my childhood house and my friends' childhood houses and it made me feel nostalgic. I'd love it if someone wrote a book about my neighborhood!

Marit said...

Funnily enough reading Little House on the Prarie (which I still do, even though I'm 36!)makes me nostalgic for Ethiopia. That was where I lived when I first read them, and I loved them so much I had my siblings pretending there was a blizzard outside when it was a hot sunny day.
Good memories!

Oleg G. Kildyushov said...

at present I read much less than it is earlie run defined.if something is succeeded in reading a little, then only specialized
literature.

Ms. Bassette said...

As a middle school teacher I read lots of books that take me back to that time in my life.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants did that and the second one has the mom component in it too, so that was a double whammy.
The British series, Angus,Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging is an incredible journey through the teen years. I sure wouldn't want to be a teen again, but it's a treat to visit sometimes!
We also vacation in the Adirondacks and another teen book, although good enough to read by all, is A Northern Light, a teen novel based on the same true story as An American Tragedy.
(Can you tell I love your blog? I check it every day, one of my joys I give to myself--can't get much better than books, people and your neat take on it all!!)

Sonya said...

Marit, That is HILARIOUS. I bet Laura Ingalls Wilder would have been impressed.

Oleg, What sort of specialized liturature do you read?

Ms. Bassette, Thanks for reading my blog! Are the Adirondacks near the Catskills? When I was young I used to love the Trixie Belden mystery series set there....I grew up in Montana, but the Catskills always seemed more interesting...maybe because there were mysteries to solve.

Marit said...

Ah,Trixie Belden! Now that will bring me back to Ethiopia too!

Sonya said...

Marit, Ha!

yisawan@gmail.com said...

thank you for a very interesting blog! I am from Sarawak, on the island of Borneo.

Hope you would like to know that there are lots of people here who read blogs and lots and lots of books too.

I have been reading Reader's Digest since young (1950's),and very recently, over and over again, Tuesdays with Morrie.

I hope you don't mind as I have put your blog in my Reading Arcade.

My girls all read Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables when they were younger. The eldest is in Mountain View, quite close to you!! Although we are all trilingual - Chinese, English and Malay, we are most comfortable in English.

Jen said...

I'm Romanian, and it is a lovely language if you're a native. It's probably a nightmare if you try to learn it :D

Carnation said...

yes and yes! some of the places i've been to i've read about them in books before i went there. and when i get to these places they are exactly like the description in those books. it's nice to also read about these places after being there as there is a feeling of affinity to it. the smells, sounds, emotions, etc become alive again!

Carnation said...

in addition to what i have just shared (couldn't edit it), i also dream of writing a story wherein the location is my hometown. still thinking about it ... hope soon ...