coffee talk, july 2013

 

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you.  And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, someone even who is long dead.  And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”

Alan Bennett

View More: http://stephaniekoo.pass.us/diana-jonathanIf you could brand your hobby, what kind of logo would it have?  What colors would you use?  Would it have a catch phrase?  For the first time since 2009 “d1000” has been revamped into a symbol that is more personal and intimate to me.  I’ve officially branded my reading & review blogging as “love, laugh, read” with a headline picture of bold red peonies!  It’s neither a graphic-designed logo nor can I own it solely.  But it symbolizes all-things happy & good, and memories that I’d like to savor for as long as I live.  It’s what was used as my wedding bouquet.  Whatever the future holds for this blog, I hope it gets filled with joyful & meaningful entries.

The makeover process was a reminder of how much I love to read, write, and talk about people & things that inspire me.  Frankly, this space is a vessel into which I pour my stories and opinions, and I do not expect another soul to come aboard with me.  It’s a self-note platform.  There are times though when I wonder about my visitors — the biggest question I have is whether I’ve convinced anybody to pick up a good book.  We’re constantly bombarded with fast-entertainment.  Extremely accessible and ubiquitous.  There’s no room for reflections or second-thoughts or individualism.  We go online and do things to show the world.  That’s not wrong but where’s all the me-time?  The opportunity to think has reduced dramatically.  It’s disheartening.

Sure books weigh more than tech gadgets, require more time to be entertained, and costly compared to pirated versions.  But I wish we would take more time to read for the sake of giving our minds some quiet time.  I bet if we take 30 minutes each day to rest our minds and hang our visions on a string of printed words, we will feel more rested than sleeping an additional hour.  I betcha!  And more often than not we will stumble upon a great book.  If we’re lucky we will even find a book that eloquently expresses our unique thoughts on our behalf.  No one can force anyone to literally read.  But there’s no greater wish as a book blog owner than for everyone to keep the art of reading alive.  There’s no better teacher, friend, soul mate, mirror than a single book.  So here’s to d1000’s new season; to loving, laughing, reading in life; and to passing on the good ones to thy neighbor!   <3

Here are some quick 4~5-star recommendations for summer reading:
Thriller/Humor — Hygiene and the Assassin
Romance/Drama — The Sense of an Ending
Biography — Every Story is a Ghost Story (big DFW fan!)
Humor/Autobiography — The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
More here! :)