1.16.2014

READ Instead // 01

I decided to make my motto for my 24th year "Read Instead". Read instead of watch TV. Read instead of be on your phone. I enjoy sharing good books with others so I will share the books I read here.

To start, I chose a book I actually read a few years ago, East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I originally picked it up because a good friend suggested it. It ended up being one of the best books I have ever read. Even though it hasn't been that long since I first read it, it feels like I'm reading it for the first time again. There are so many nooks and crannies in this story that I had forgotten everything but the major events. I believe this is the best of John Steinbeck and I have read quite a few from him. 

My favorite character is Samuel Hamilton. He is probably one of my all time favorite fictional characters ever. If you have not read this book, I highly, highly recommend it. I would also recommend you savor every page. Read it slow, let it sink in. Mark it up, make connections. If you let it, this book will rip you open. I will for sure be returning to it in the years to come.

33 comments:

  1. I want a vacation completely dedicated to reading. Wouldn't that be nice?

    I really like this motto. Looking forward to seeing what books you read!

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    1. Love this idea! Where would you pick to go though??...

      Little cottage on the coast?

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  2. Love this book! Thanks for the reminder to reread it this year :)

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  3. I had a lot of down time last year and read The Hobbit and LOTR. My all time faves! I am a really slow reader but felt so good to get through them! I will have to check this one out!

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  4. will definitely put this on my "to read" list.

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  5. such a great motto, looking forward to seeing the books you share, Im hoping to read more this year!

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  6. Right along the same lines I've been thinking recently! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  7. I love this! I have been wanting to read more this year as well! I just finished a book called "Paper Towns" By John Green! It was a good book, but his best book is The Fault in Our Stars. If you haven't read that do it NOW

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    1. I have not, but it has been on my list for awhile. :)

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  8. What a great motto for 2014! I have to remember this one myself.

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  9. What an incredible motto, and one that I can definitely get behind!
    Thanks for sharing this - I am always looking for new books to get lost in :)
    Happy reading!
    -Carley
    xx

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  10. I made a post about reading new books too recently because that is also my motto, to read more, and watch tv less, and spend less time on the internet. Books really open your mind, it's like tv in your head but better.

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  11. John Steinbeck is so freaking amazing.
    I'm currently reading The Grapes of Wrath and his words just steal my heart.

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    1. I read that a little while after I first read Eden. I enjoyed it but was thrown by the ending.

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  12. Oh I'm so excited for you to post more book suggestions! Beautiful pics by the way :)

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  13. I have this on my kindle and tried so hard to read it and couldn't get past the first chapter. Maybe I'll try again.

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    1. The first chapter is boring. His ode to Salinas. Just get passed that, I promise it gets good.

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    2. I'm actually kind of sad I have this on Kindle and not in actual paper form. I prefer to feel the book in my hands and to be able to underline.

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  14. you mark up your books, too? that's the best. i started sharing books with my best friend a year ago and it's so wonderful learning about each other from what we underline, we dog-ear, we pen in the margins. it's personal. palatable. precious.

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  15. I've been wanting to read this book!

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  16. I've totally been trying to read more this year, I love that idea, "read instead". you're a woman after my own heart, i swear.

    (also, still working on finishing your letter!)

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  17. This is a great idea! I love reading! I just finished "The Obituary Writer" (which was pretty good) but my favorite book I've read in the last few months is "The Timekeeper" by Mitch Alboum. A short but GREAT read.

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  18. I love reading and this was one of my goals for this year too! I haven't been doing so well with it though since I've moved, everything just seems a bit too unorganized to settle down and read just yet. I've never read East of Eden but have heard countless good things about it - I'll have to settle down on that one soon!

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  19. Reading has been on my resolution every year, it's time to put it to action!

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  20. I love escaping into a book! Can't wait to see what you add to your reading list :)

    Lucy xoxo

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  21. Definitely going on my book list!

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  22. This is definitely a powerful read...and I agree, my personal Steinback favorite.

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  23. What a good motto to have, I should adopt it.

    I've only ever read Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck, but that was one of the best books I've ever laid my eyes on. Once I've read the books I compulsively bought a few weeks ago, I'll make sure to pick up a copy.

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  24. Favorite book of all time. Steinbeck makes me feel all the feelings.

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  25. Haven't read this yet! I added it to Goodreads to-read list^^ Loooove the last pic with the cat paws ahah

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  26. Lovely idea- I need to read this, I love John Steinbeck. I'd recommend his letters too :)

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  27. This was one of my resolutions also! I started with Game of Thrones, because, well, the tv show is so great I bet the books are even better! :)

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