Reverb14: Best Book

(For the past four years, I’ve used Reverb10 prompts to give myself a question to answer every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’ve kept my favorite prompts, added a few from other sources like Project Reverb and created my own month-and-a-bit of questions.)

Best Book. What’s the best book you read in the past 12 months?

I didn’t read my favorite book of the year, I listened to it. I checked a few books on CD out of the library before heading to LA in the car on all those long drives up and down the 5 freeway. I am so glad I did. It really made the time go by faster than music could.

The Interestings really spoke to me because it was about a group of young people who meet at art camp. They have all been labeled as ‘special’ or ‘gifted’ and the poorest of them is enamored with how glamorous all of them seem and she does her best to morph into one of her rich friends. As the years pass the label of artistic or gifted wears thin or helps or in some cases hurts people.

I was one of those kids who was told she was special and bound for great things, particularly in the arts, so I really identified with the main character. She wanted so badly to be an artist, and ended up a therapist. Sound familiar?

I’m in my mid-thirties. I have a stable job that is very far removed from my childhood dreams and aspirations. Part of me needed to hear about people who tried too hard to be the version of themselves they thought they’d be and their struggles to reconcile that. I have not reconciled all that, not yet. Perhaps next year.

(Last year I wrote this.)


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