you are what you read

It seems I’m not the only one who judges someone by what they read. Am I the only person who finds it hard to believe Bush actually read 95 books in a year? And I didn’t think it was possible but I lost even more respect for Sarah Palin because she couldn’t list a single newspaper, magazine, or book she has read recently.

I personally find it easier to talk to people who enjoy reading. It’s probably not a coincidence that the two coworkers I spend the most time talking to are librarians. I don’t know what I would have done if my younger sister hadn’t grown up to love books like I do. I worry that my hypothetical future children won’t grow up to be readers. The one thing I nag my husband about most is reading. I find myself almost giddy with happiness when we are in bed reading together. I’m fairly certain I love reading because of my parents. They drive almost an hour to get their books from the Korean bookstore, where they are known by name.

I’m an Obama fan so I enjoyed Slate’s article, Obama’s Book Bag, that analyzed Obama’s summer reading list, as well as books he’s referred to or quoted. I have to admit that I felt pretty good about myself that several books on his list are also on mine. What does someone’s reading list say about a person? I wonder what people would think if they saw mine.

(incomplete list of what comes to mind)
Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman
Bound to Please by Michael Dirda
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Mencken: The American Iconoclast by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Nation by Terry Pratchett


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