READ A BIOGRAPHY (OR AUTOBIOGRAPHY) OF SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE
So, when I planned to tackle this as my next challenge, I thought it was going to be too easy. I mean, people think I read for a living anyway. But, I’ve started and restarted this post multiple times. I feel like I have reader’s block. If you are a big reader you might know this syndrome: a general inability to get into something that you are “supposed” to read. For me, it usually involves some kind of deadline to start and finish an “assigned” book. It’s probably amazing I ever made it through school!
At this point in life it most frequently manifests itself in book clubs. People often ask me how many book clubs I’m in. None. I have enjoyed book clubs over time and would join again if the right situation arose but for now, I’m more than happy to be riding solo. I’ve got a bit of “stick-it-to-the-man” in me even when it comes to books.
In this particular situation, I actually am “the man”. I’ve got to get over the assignment feel of this challenge. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of fiction. For some people, that means I’m wasting my time. Not “learning” anything. Whatever. It’s not that I don’t read nonfiction, I do. I just like fiction better. It’s like cake. I’ll eat any cake that looks good, but there’s nothing like a white cake with white frosting. That will be a controversial statement for the chocolate cake eaters out there. Just move on.
I do enjoy a good biography or autobiography. In fact, while reading a memoir several years ago I was motivated for the first time to reach out to someone famous via social media. It’s always exciting when someone with some influence talks about libraries. I was enjoying my library copy of Love Life when Rob Lowe told a story about his time in the library researching Bigfoot as a child. Then this happened: “Has there ever been a more horrific barrier to reading than the Dewey Decimal System? No wonder libraries are becoming irrelevant.” Well, thanks for that.
The majority of autobiographies or biographies that I read are interesting or entertaining but are not necessarily about people that I admire. Not that I don’t admire them, but, usually admire would be too strong a word. See previous Rob Lowe story. I’ve been undecided for awhile on this so I guess it’s going to be a game-time decision. I’ve started the clock ticking with this post and by next week I need to have selected, read and written about this book. It’s like being in college again!
Are you an autobiography/biography reader? Do you read about people you admire? Read along with me this week. Just don’t overthink it like I do! I’d love to hear what you’ve read, this week or previously, and what you recommend. I’ll be back here next week, and hopefully, you will, too. Thanks for reading!
Before you go…I’m not letting this library thing go. First of all, Horrific Barriers to Reading for $2000, Alex. Does the Dewey Decimal System even make the cut? I’m not going to defend the Dewey Decimal System but I will challenge you to go to your local bookstore and try to find a book on Bigfoot without asking anyone for help. Irrelevant, my a$$.
5 thoughts on “The Irrelevance of Rob Lowe, Dewey and Bigfoot”
Val ~ omg you are hysterical! Well I’m up for the challenge! I prefer nonfiction. I think it makes me feel better about myself to read about the dysfunction of others. #truth
I also like sad but triumphant stories where people overcome great hardships! I haven’t read many fiction books unless you count Beverly Cleary, Ramona the Pest stuff. But seriously, I still buy People magazine to see what “people” are up to. Real life is messy, and interesting enough for me. I don’t need a made up character whisking me away to dark places that aren’t real.
I don’t have my glasses on while I’m typing this so if there are typos ~ give me grace. Lol
Anyway, great blog! I’m currently in a mandatory book review at work ~ the book is so memorable I can’t even think of the title right now. Anyway! I’m in! Xo
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Denise – what’s wrong with made up characters whisking you away to dark places that aren’t real??! Ha! #iloveharrypotter
Love it! I feel that way in a bookstore..I’m like that’s in the 641s…. I’ll give in and do something in the Bio section that I have not done before.
Also a fiction reader, primarily, but I do find biographies interesting. Nonfiction typically feels too much like an assignment; why would I want to purposefully work that hard to improve myself? 😉 (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
I do love my book club, but have somehow found myself in the “curmudgeon” role, even though I’m not really like that in person – I just can’t rave about every single book and typically spend the discussion portion of the evening practicing the “if you can’t say something nice…” protocol.
Does a group biography count? Currently in the middle of The First Wives Club about the modern first ladies – maybe this will get me off the hump so I can finish it!
I think that book counts! Finish it and let me know if it’s good. Sounds interesting. I loved the Astronaut Wives Club.