As long time viewers of the blog,and my friends and family, and random people on the street, know, I like books.
So it is no surprise that if Holly is going to make a summer reading list, I have a few additions for you/her.
First is the book that I think should be on all lists, book or otherwise:
I love this book. I really do. I have it on my Nook, and I have 2 copies on hand so when I read one to death I have another in case I want it.
I really like Terry Pratchett and am always surprised when people tell me they haven’t read the Disckworld books. What is not to love? These are books set on a world that is flat and rides through space on the back of four elephants who ride on the back of a turtle.
What I love about this series is that it is social commentary at its best. Each book takes an aspect of contemporary life and focuses on it, describes it, dissects it, in a way that won’t offend. Usually.
I think the best of these is Small Gods. It is about where religion and faith meet. Where society end up when they have more fear than love. It talks about the best of us, and the worst of us. And it has a happy ending!
It is about acceptance and friendship and sacrifice. It is about doing the right thing, even when you aren’t sure what that is. It is about evolving as a person, as a society, as a culture.
In short, it is about all the things I have learned watching PBS.
I have mentioned before one of the reasons I need an Official Apologist who completely abandoned me at Phoenix Comicon and left me to squee without any supervision, is Rachel Maddow. The second book on my list is Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.
Yes, it is a great book, but it was written in 2012. You would think something like this would be more intellectual and historical than a contemporary read. And a couple weeks ago, I would have agreed. Unfortunately, with the current state of things in Iraq and the old band getting back together, this book is even more relevant than ever.
That makes me sad.
The next couple on my list I have mentioned before.
I haven’t actually read Your Inner Fish yet. It is on my list, and hopefully things will slow down a little this summer and I can read it. My boss says he will hire someone in the next month or so to help me out. So maybe by Christmas…
I have read the majority of Jared Diamond’s books, and really enjoy them. My favorite is still Collapse, though I am really enjoying the one on Traditional Societies.
The last on my list is another one that I think should be on all lists, regardless of the purpose. Especially in the current climate of partisanship and violence. No matter your opinion of gun control and women’s rights and American troops overseas and…. the list goes on and on….
I hope everyone picks up their copy of Horton and re-reads it. Read it again and again until the message takes hold. Give a copy to your friends and family. Send one to your representative, your governor, anyone who is a decision maker.
All too often adults, especially those in power, think of this as a childrens book. They think the message is something they can put aside and not use again like training wheels.
But it isn’t. If more people remembered Horton, this world would be a better place.
Remember Horton, and do the right thing, because it is the right thing, regardless of what those around you say. Not because of what it will gain you, or cost you.
Help people when you can, because they need help, and you can.
Wait, isn’t that the message we learn watching PBS?
Happy reading folks!!