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  "Do you ever miss him?" she asks me.
  "Every day. Every minute."
  "Every minute," she says.  "Yes. It's that way, isn't it?" She turns on her side and burrows into the pillow.
  "Good night," I say, turning out the lamp.  As I stand in the dark looking down at Grandma in her bed, self-pity floods me as though I have been injected with it.  It's that way, isn't it?  Isn't it.

Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

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It’s December.  Every December I re-read a book.  This is a big deal for me because my life consists of reading things for other people, and as a result I very rarely get to read things for myself.  And there are books that I just want to revisit sometimes, like old friends.  Many times they contain lessons I need to remember, or just represent a comforting place to rest for a while.

This year I’m re-reading The Time Traveller’s Wife- arguably my favourite romantic story ever.  This is a very telling statement about my opinion of romance.  For me, love is just as it’s portrayed from Claire’s point of view in the book: longing, waiting, patient, and ultimately sort of futile.  Never something one can quite rely on or feel safe with.  A bit tragic, but worth it anyway, just to have experienced it, for the moments that one did get to have.  I love this book because it is a poignant, visceral description of my own experience of love, and it makes me feel less alone in that.

If you could re-read any book this December, what would you read and why?

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