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Day 13: Siddhartha

January 13, 2010

I told my mom about my New Year’s resolution, this blog and my goal of reading 99 books in 365 days. And she asked me what I had read. As I rattled off the titles, she looked oddly concerned, and then she said something that struck me and half funny, half insightful. She told me that everything you read becomes of who you are, how you think and what you know. Once you read something, you can’t unknow what you just read and that it will inevitably become a part of who you are. I never really thought of books that way. I see them as tools to challenge the way you already think and even sometime…entertain. So this book is dedicated to my mom’s sesibilities. I just finished “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse. And I don’t think I need to write a lot to explain this book. This one’s for you, mother, and it wasn’t brain candy.

Today was the first day of classes for the semester, and I can tell my progress has slowed. I need to dedicate time for reading instead of just hoping I will have an hour or two at the end of a long evening. Because I always end up sitting in my tiny new room staring a bookcase packed full of new books (they are delivered almost on a daily basis now. Yesterday, three came in the mail and it was like Christmas). But I have the next book in my sights and I’m really going to crack down this time and finish it in a timely fashion. Hopefully.

The Tally:
Days left: 352
Books read: 5

Cheers! Christine

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