October 5: Favorite Book

5 Oct

I’m going to cheat at my own challenge because I actually have two favorite books. Well, I have tons of favorite books but these two are my absolute favoritest.

First, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I have loved this book since I first read it many, many moons ago. I must have read it 100 times. It is so unfortunate that Harper Lee never wrote another book after this one because she is a truly gifted writer. Since I was a young girl I have always wanted to name my first born daughter Harper in Ms. Lee’s honor, which is funny because it’s such a popular name name but it’s been #1 on my list since I was like 15. Hopefully I will have twin girls (likely with the amount of fertility drugs I am on) because we also have another name that we love and it will be nearly impossible to choose between the two.

Some favorite quotes:

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

“As you grow older, you’ll see white men
cheat black men every day of your life,
but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man
does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.”

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

My second favorite book is Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

I am nothing if not a romantic at heart. So much so that sometimes I wonder if my romantic idealism isn’t some sort of psychological disorder….joking. Sort of. Probably the best word to describe me would quixotic, but even labeling myself that denotes some weird obsession with romanticism. And I mean romanticism in the true sense of the word, not just lovey dovey stuff. This is why I love this book so.

From the back cover:

“Still Life With Woodpecker is sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnant cheerleaders. It also deals with the problem of redheads.”

Some favorite quotes:

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”

“Who knows how to make love stay?

1. Tell love you are going to Junior’s Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if loves stays, it can have half. It will stay.

2. Tell love you want a momento of it and obtain a lock of its hair. Burn the hair in a dime-store incense burner with yin/yang symbols on three sides. Face southwest. Talk fast over the burning hair in a convincingly exotic language. Remove the ashes of the burnt hair and use them to paint a moustache on your face. Find love. Tell it you are someone new. It will stay.

3. Wake love up in the middle of the night. Tell it the world is on fire. Dash to the bedroom window and pee out of it. Casually return to bed and assure love that everything is going to be all right. Fall asleep. Love will be there in the morning.”

“Albert Camus wrote that the only serious question is whether to kill yourself or not.
Tom Robbins wrote that the only serious question is whether time has a beginning and an end.
Camus clearly got up on the wrong side of bed, and Robbins must have forgotten to set the alarm.
There is only one serious question. And that is: Who knows how to make love stay?
Answer me that and I will tell you whether or not to kill yourself.”

“When the mystery of the connection goes, love goes. It’s that simple. This suggests that it isn’t love that is so important to us but the mystery itself. The love connection may be merely a device to put us in contact with the mystery, and we long for love to last so that the ecstasy of being near the mystery will last. It is contrary to the nature of mystery to stand still. Yet it’s always there, somewhere, a world on the other side of the mirror (or the Camel pack), a promise in the next pair of eyes that smile at us. We glimpse it when we stand still.
The romance of new love, the romance of solitude, the romance of objecthood, the romance of ancient pyramids and distant stars are means of making contact with the mystery. When it comes to perpetuating it, however, I got no advice. But I can and will remind you of two of the most important facts I know:
1. Everything is part of it.
2. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”

“Funny how we think of romance as always involving two, when the romance of solitude can be ever so much more delicious and intense. Alone, the world offers itself freely to us. To be unmasked, it has no choice.”

Read it!





8 Responses to “October 5: Favorite Book”

  1. Alicia October 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I love Tom Robbins!

    • Jenn October 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

      Me too!! My second favorite is Jitterbug Perfume. You?

  2. Stupid Stork October 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    I have never read that second one! “To Kill a Mockingbird” is popular on the favorite list today! May have to dig it up.

    • Jenn October 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

      Do it, do it!

  3. RainbowCatcher October 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    I need to reread To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s been YEARS, and I read it after a really dense, detailed classic so the simplicity seemed made it seem boring after such a difficult read. I need to read it again when I can actually appreciate it.

    • Jenn October 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

      Mockingbird takes on new meaning every time I read it, depending on the stage of my life that I am in. Something so remarkable about a book that can transcend time and age like that.

  4. Belle October 5, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    I am loving these writing prompts 🙂 Still Life with Woodpecker is one of my all time favs, too! And I want to name my son Atticus but the husband won’t let me 🙂

    • Jenn October 5, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Boo to your husband! Atticus is on my boy’s list too but I can’t very well have a Harper and an Atticus. That would be weird 🙂

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