March 2, Sunday afternoon -- Reading Elizabeth Gilbert

At the edge of Dolores Park in the Mission District, basking in the sun.....spring is finally here! I'm still wearing a hat, but, oddly enough, my baby brother (a fifteen-year-old "super reader"), back home in arctic Montana insisted on a hair cut because it was getting hot. I looked the weather up online, expecting some sort of abnormal heatwave--it was 39 degrees, and not Celsius, either.

Reading Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Tomorrow she'll be making Dr. Seuss hats with a group of 3rd - 5th graders to celebrate Read Across America Day with the after school program that she runs at Grattan elementary in Cole Valley. Grattan is known as a "green" school. They have gardens....and they even have a meditation hut!

For the after school program she just bought two books--Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell and Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson.

This morning she just finished reading Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, which she got from her brother for Christmas. She enjoyed it thoroughly. She hadn't read it since high school and found it interesting to read from an older perspective.

Her favorite book of all time--The Gift, by the Persian poet, Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky. Her brother introduced her to the book and, since then, she's given it as a gift about seven times. It's love poetry to the creator.

She and her brother share similar taste in books. He was a religion major and traveled around India. They like pop-psychology, self-help, East meets West, everyday Buddhism.

Have fun with the hats!

31 Comments:

Dug said...

good blog!
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Dennis Boddy said...

Bridge to Terebithia made a painful movie in my eyes, good blog, 'novel' idea.

Gardeners United said...

lovely blog!

mahadevi said...

seriously, how many people are reading this book? i may just have to check it out...

Dawn said...

I just discovered your blog. What a beautiful idea!

I've always been interested in the ways in which humans are connected to one another...how our spiritual energy is connected and I continue to find more and more evidence of it.

I stumble on your blog. Your current entry mentions the poet Hafiz who is quoted extensively in the book I'm currently reading reminding me that I intend to read the same book of Hafiz's poetry mentioned.

I'm really happy to have discovered your blog!

Hope you have a really lovely day!

Jinx* said...

thank goodness.
someone who appreciates good books...
the only thing is- do you dog ear the pages? :P

debsf said...

great blog, really interesting

FrecklesandDeb said...

Great idea for a blog! And what a lot of time it must take for you to find people and do the interviews. I always love to see what others are reading (and why!)Congrats on being a blog of note.

Turntablist said...

Lol, fantastic idea for a blog.

Phil @ http://oneshinysafetypin.blogspot.com

Kris said...

I love to see that people still read. I have a good historical novel for you, The Knights of the Cross. I am translating it now and you can see a progress online, and it's FREE.

ao.roamer said...

It's funny.

Anonymous said...

This is very original. I love reading myself, and am a member of bookcrossing (www.bookcrossing.com), but most of its members don't leave profiles, so discussing reading preferences (as oposed to exchanging books) is not easy. I intend to visit this blog again in the hope that it might point me towards some books that I might not otherwise have come across or thought of reading.

Terrace Crawford said...

Congrats on being the blog-o-note. I'm sure you'll enjoy Eat, Pray and Love. Its quite a popular read!

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Jason Ward said...

I read this book, but contrary to popular belief, I thought it was seriously lacking. Although a guilty pleasure for some people, this book was written well. Kinda suspenseful at times.

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Smeagol92055 said...

Wow, just found your blog (it was featured on the front page) and read a few of your entries. I'm definitely adding your blog to my favorites list.
I'm starting the fifty books project on March 23rd (my birthday) and I can't wait!

Sonya said...

Thanks for your all of your comments! It's exciting to have so much interest.

Mahadevi,
I agree with you. I've photographed it so many times for my blog....and unintentionally. I laughed out loud when, after my Sunday interview, I asked her what she was reading and photographed the cover of the book--ha! This AGAIN! It's either a brilliant book or something that everyone is interested about. People have been loaning it to their friends and friends of friends. Other than Harry Potter and Kite Runner, I don't think I've photographed a book or had it mentioned that it's been read recently, so much.

sonya

Jessica said...

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a great book! Such an amazing natural history perspective on Southern California indians. A great read.

enjoibeing said...

good stuff..i need to check this book out

Julie said...

Love your blog... I am glad to see so many people reading... I am, myself, quite the reader.

Bellingham Furnace Guy said...

Eat Pray and Love. Doesn't get much simpler than that!

Nicole said...

The whole world of blogging is completely new to me. I knew ABOUT it but until a couple weeks ago had never read any. I am amazed at the interesting, creative and talented people out there. I was so inspired I made a blog myself.

I absolutely LOVE your blog concept! Books have always been one of my greatest loves. I will add you to my site. It is heartening to know many people still read. In my hectic, toddler-filled life I often don't run into many readers any more and actually need to do more reading myself. Maybe this will help fuel the fire.

carah said...

This blog is fascinating. A well deserved Blog of Note! I will be reading this everyday... I just love it.

S. said...

Sweet idea for a blog-nice work

Debbie said...

Creative blog! I am new to the world of blogging and can appreciate the time and effort you must put into your blog. I will add this blog to my list of favorites. In this day of audio books, movies and other forms of media I pray that people will always find comfort and pleasure from holding the 'real' book in their hands and then getting lost in the pages!

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Sasha said...

congrats sonya!!!!!! well-deserved attention for people reading. yay!

her alter ego said...

I LOVE DOLORES PARK!!!! Especially for reading. I'm supposed to visit soon. =)

Sonya said...

Smeagol92055, What is the fifty books project? Happy Birthday to you!

rougevelvet said...

nice blog :)
im a bookworm, myself.

RedLemon said...

I love this book.. It's the type of book you wish you'd written yourself.

Not to mention the fact that she got paid to go on a journey of self discovery in some of the worlds most beautiful places...

It's alright for some!!

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know, an AWESOME book came out today called "Violet by Design" by Melissa Walker. XD