My “Secret Subject” is:
Sell me your favorite book.
It was submitted by the wonderful lady behind The Momisodes
(Thank you for such a fabulous subject! Though it was a tough one!)
My favorite book. What?! I thought we were not supposed to pick favorites. Oh wait. Is that just kids? Well, in some ways books were my kids for many years. I love books with a depth that reaches my soul. I am a reader. I am a writer. Books are just sort of part of me. So, picking a favorite is not as easy as it would seem. "Where the Red Fern Grows", "She's Come Undone", "Wuthering Heights", "Yesterday I Cried", so on and so on. Gosh. Pick one and sell it to you.
"She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb. It's on Oprah's Book Club. Sold? No? Oy.
The reason I am a writer, the reason I do this, the reason I don't stop doing this... "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb. This book is the reason I started writing my words and thoughts down. It is the reason I started writing poetry. It is the reason I have written the novels, I have written (and kept hidden). Whenever I get the nerve to one day submit some of my work for publishing, will be this book. The reason I face life's difficulties and just keep going, is this book.
It is truly a book that I feel everyone should read. Once, twice, twenty times. It is a difficult read in some ways. Wally does not sugarcoat it. He just tells the story bluntly and perfectly. He touches on some really tough subjects. There is rape, obesity, a broken family, suicide attempts, abortion... There is a lot of depth to it. There is also beauty and hope in the darkness. It is really just a well written book.
I have dealt with a lot in my lifetime. I think my life mirrors this book more than I would like it to, but I am okay with that. Life cannot be all roses, there needs to be thorns, so we can appreciate the roses. It truly is a wonderful book. Yes, it has a darkness to it, but as with life, the darkness is accompanied by light.
If you have not already read it, I strongly recommend it. If you have read it, what do you think about it? Everyone I have ever discussed it with, has loved it.
If you do decided to read it (because I sold it so well), please let me know your thoughts, once you've read it! I have decided that I am going to read it. Again. It is so worthy of reading several times.
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there: