Okay, there are four. Each beckons when a certain mood strikes.
When I want to sigh: Sebastian Faulks
They say that when you sleep with someone all their previous partners are in bed with you, but I’ve never felt that…. What I always did feel was a dim awareness of my own past lovers. The hair on the pillow….
[Faulks, S. (2015). Where My Heart Used to Beat. London: Hutchinson.]
When I want to walk in the wild: W. Bruce Cameron
I was seized by a fury I did not understand…. [The coyotes] turned to stare at me in a single, coordinated swivel of their heads, their eyes sly as they assessed me. I was a lone dog, and they were a pack….
I wanted this fight.
[They] seemed intimidated, yet they were hunting me, and I knew their feigned cowardice was designed to lure me to them so they could set on me from all sides.
[Cameron, W. B. (2017). A Dog’s Way Home. New York, NY: Macmillan.]
When I want to languish in sentimental philosophy: Mitch Albom
‘Find two souls on earth, one who wants too much time and one who wants too little. Teach them what you have learned.’
‘How will I find them?’….
‘Listen for their misery.’
[Albom, M. (2012). The Time Keeper. New York, NY: HarperCollins.]
When I want to satisfy my intellectual curiosity: James A. Michener
Then in 1529 matters in Spain’s Toledo took a dramatic turn…. Fray Antonio received word that his father had finally been judged guilty by the Holy Inquisition and, because of the gravity of his heresy against the financial stability of the Empire–a sin that furthermore smacked of Lutheranism–had been burned at the stake in the public square of Salamanca. He had, a friend related, been strangled before the fires reached him.
[Michener, J. A. (1992). Mexico. New York, NY: Random House.]
Do you like these books and/or authors? What are you reading now?