Today is Read Across America Day, so this is the one day that I might not feel bad about causing people to sit in front of their computers rather than doing something else. As you may be able to tell, this particular date was chosen for Read Across America for a reason. Can you tell why? Of course you can, this is Theodor Seuss Geisel‘s birthday, aka Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is well-known for his various children’s books including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the book that I might have taken my title from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. I’ve known that this is Dr. Seuss’s birthday for a about a week, and thought that I might write something about him today, which I have, but I think I would rather move on to the two books that I am currently reading, seeing how this is the day for it anyway. They are actually an old book and a new book. Funny how that works out.
The first is one that our Elder’s Quorum book club has decided to read this month, Lost Horizon by James Hilton. I’m not going to get too involved with the story (I can’t anyway, as I am not finished yet) but try to touch on a few things. (I think writing about this will cause me to have to write about it again when I’m finished. Way to go for future material!) This book is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery high in the mountains of Tibet. I’ve heard of Shangri-La, but haven’t really read into it that much, so I’m excited to really get in there and finish this book. I will do my best to let you know how it goes.
I don’t like to pick up more than one book at a time, but I really couldn’t hold off any longer on the other book I am currently reading. 11/22/63 is a Stephen King novel that deals with a time traveler who is attempting to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I’m only a few chapters in, but I can tell this is going to be really good. King usually writes horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction, so this novel is a bit of a departure. Although the novel does contain elements of science fiction and alternate history, the majority of it is historical fiction dealing with real-life events and people between 1958 and 1963. I think it is also fitting that, unbeknownst to me, the novel was officially announced on the author’s official site on March 2, 2011, exactly one year ago. (Spooky) This one seems a bit more my speed, so I am extra excited to get through it, and I will definitely write about it when I am finished.
All of this got me think about learning, and reading in particular. Great people like Dr. Seuss introduce writing and reading to people everyday. I think that it’s a big part of why I still read. (I even have a few Dr. Seuss books in my library)Why do you read?
Hebrews 5: 12-14;
12) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
2 Nephi 27: 11;
And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.
P.S. What do you guys think of the new layout? I don’t really see it that often so I’m not sure if it’s that good or not, or even if it matters.