Next month the Mother's Morning Bookclub a friend and I started is celebrating it's first year anniversary. I'm in the process of compiling the books we've read this year, and I'm so pleased to note that each of our members brought forward a great variety of books this year! Of the entire bunch, I would probably have to admit that I am most likely the slowest reader of all of them, but I'm happy to be able to draw so many different book recommendations from them.
We started off the year with Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It was my first time reading Atwood, and she totally turned me on to dystopian novels and apocalyptic fiction. She writes such an eerie and bleak picture of what the future could hold, but I just couldn't get enough. After The Handmaid's Tale, I read The Road, The Passage, The Hunger Games trilogy, am almost finished with Uglies series. And I just finished these:
I gobbled these two books down in a flash, almost thankful for the rest time my wrist was insisting that I take. I was almost always thinking about how I would be able to survive such austere circumstances, as portrayed by these authors. Would I be just as optimistic as I am now, would I still have the same confidence and Faith? I, after all, am living the good life now in this great and free country, despite the challenges I face, and the now and then physical pain I feel. In other places of the world, their norm could be considered just as bad as what's predicted in these books. And yet, the heart of the average citizen who lives there can be even more pure and Faithful. Would I be able to stand up to the same test?
When I was at mass yesterday, I prayed that I would. I sometimes take it for granted that my Faith is always with me, but if I were thrown into an arena to fight my peers to the death at the age of 16 (The Hunger Games, just in case you haven't read it), would I have the same outlook of life? Or if I had to take my son and walk an endless, dangerous road to warmth and safety (The Road), would I have the emotional stamina to do so? Or, if my country was blowing up violently all around me, would I have the strength to *know* that I'm going to be alright? (Current events, past history)
I hope so...but until then, I'll be praying for it, and for those who live in such dire straights today.
Hope you all have a productive Monday!