Book 29 of 80
I stole my copy of The Poisonwood Bible. But I should have written down where I stole it from, because I’ve forgotten — although, I don’t believe I stole it from anyone who reads the blog…so maybe I’m safe. (I wanted to write a whole blog about books I have stolen…but I was worried about how that would make me look. I don’t actually steal books from people I know — I don’t walk into someone’s house during a dinner party and tuck away A Tale of Two Cities into my purse when no one is looking. And I’m certainly NOT a shoplifter either. I have rules for my thievery. For example, during grad school I found a copy of The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal left in the girl’s bathroom on campus. I took it out of the bathroom and placed it on a coat-rack outside the bathroom, on the top shelf; then I waited a whole week before taking it home. See? Not so bad. Right?)
I do know I stole this particular book circa 2003-2004. I also know that I let my grandma borrow this several years ago, because my mom wrote my name in the front cover (it’s my book now – no turning back – it’s branded in ink) — which is what she does for all the books that I give to my grandma to read. I’m not sure why. I highly doubt my grandma is going to contest book ownership.
At any rate, after procuring Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible seven-ish years ago, I haven’t actually read it. Why not? Maybe because stealing the book and having it sit on my shelf was actually more fun than reading it. Maybe because it’s 600 pages long. Maybe because deep down I knew I wanted to save it for something special…like this challenge.
But I’m reading it now and it fits so perfectly that I couldn’t have planned it any better. You see, in Kingsolver’s author’s note, she mentions being inspired by Achebe and used Things Fall Apart (among other books) to “glean…instruction.” So, it’s like I created my own ideal segue.
Even at 600 pages, I have a feeling it won’t take me long to devour this book — it reads easily – the short chapters, alternating points-of-view, are well-paced. Of course, I thought I could finish Things Fall Apart in a day…and I did…but it took me five days to start the book. Fail. I don’t think getting into Kingsolver’s story will be a problem though and that is good because I’m about two books behind right now (assuming that I will finish my 80th book on December 31st); and when I look at the rest of the school year, and all my June activities…well…it’s hard to imagine that I can be at 40 in the next month and a half. I’m a little concerned. But only a little.