Saturday, July 23
I don't enjoy reading fiction.
I have read lots of fiction. That's how I know I prefer true books.
I know there are interesting fiction books available.........Anne of Green Gables was a very good set of books. I'm glad I read them all and I'm glad for the movies.
I'm just not comfortable reading made up things.........if it is a sad book and I cry....I sure don't want it to be fiction. If I shed tears of sorrow or gladness, I want it to be true.
I think my distaste for fiction came about by reading a few fictional books about the Jewish Holocaust. It just seemed so WRONG for somebody to write fiction about such a TRUE and horrible thing. That time in history was so terrible, I can't imagine learning about it from fictional characters. There are so many real people to read about and know their stories........and never forget.
Maybe it's because I came across some authors that I really enjoyed that wrote non-fiction books. I loved to read James Herriot.
Maybe it's because I read *To the Golden Shore*........a true story about Adoniram Judson.
Now THERE is a book for you. If you haven't read it........get one and do so.
I think I like the word *informed*. I don't feel informed after reading fiction.
I've even started liking books about HOUSES. Bungalows. Floor plans. I read a really good book called *Old Chicago Houses*............and a book about Bemis. He made cloth bags a LONG time ago. I wrote to his company and told them I enjoyed the book. We went to a restaurant that had a Bemis cloth bag decorating the wall.......and it was neat to know the background!
I of course love Gladys Taber. The funniest LOL book I have ever read is: Especially Father. If you need a good giggle book, this is the one. And how about Edwin Way Teale? A naturalist writes about trips through seasons and his home on many acres of wildlife and forest.
I like quote books and Edgar Guest poems. I'd rather look through a Lehman's Life Catalog than read a love story. I'd rather thumb through a seed catalog than read a fictional tragedy. I'd surely rather read a journal than a Tom Clancy.
Just think of the things you can learn..........landscape books, decorating, journals. devotionals, biographies...........apron books. I have two. I get inspired when I look at them. Sometimes the inspiration brings forth an apron.
I like the little guide books about trees, insects, wildflowers and song-birds. The older the better.
How about Einstein in the Kitchen? or 1,000 Years Over a Hot Stove.
but...........if you enjoy non-fiction, search for the best!
I do have quite a collection of Calvin and Hobbes......and Snoopy.
My favorite classic is Robinson Crusoe............