the hobbit.

6 12 2010

I started reading The Hobbit recently and this time I plan on finishing it.

Dad got me to start reading it when I was in high school, but I never quite finished it (which really means I never really made it past the first couple of chapters)

It’s a classic and I need to read it. I’d like to try and have the book done before the movie comes out. (Yes, there’s a movie… and yes, Peter Jackson will be directing)

My usual reading list is filled with lots of non-fiction books. (ie. Outliers, Freakonomics, Nudge) It’s nice to sit back and lose myself in a world that is completely different.

And there is no better world to lose yourself in than a Tolkein world.
Except perhaps the Book of Mormon – a world that contains a:
“a record of a fallen people…” (D&C 20:9)

Plus the Book of Mormon is real.
Sadly, Gandalf the wizard is not.

My goal this year was to read 20 different books.
This is only book 13.

I’m slacking, I know.
But I know I will at least get in a another 3-4 books before the year ends because I’ve got Christmas Break coming up!
Oh yeah!

I wish there was more time in the day so that I could just lay in bed reading.

? What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

tuesdays with morrie.

7 11 2010

We made the long drive back to Utah today.
It was long enough that I was able to read Tuesday’s with Morrie.

I’m pretty sure this was a Hallmark movie and even though Hallmark has a knack for the emotional – the book will touch you more than the movie.

The book is a true story about a dying professor who taught his last lessons on deaths doorstep to a former student.
Each Tuesday, Mitch flies back East to visit Morrie and to glean from him life changing advice.

It kind of reminds me of King Benjamin teaching the people before he passed away:
“…for I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me, and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.” (Mosiah 2:9)

One of my favorite moments is this:
“But if aging were so valuable , why do people always say, Oh if I were young again. You never hear people say, I wish I were sixty-five –

Then Morries offers some incredible counsel:

“You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven’t found meaning. Because if you’ve found meaning in your life you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward.”

I’ve had problems with looking back.
This is exactly what I needed to read – and it came at the exact moment I needed it.
(Thanks for the book Josie)

It’s time to make sure I’m making my life as fulfilling at the moment as possible so I don’t feel the need to look back…

? Do you sometimes wish you could go back to younger years?


18 10 2010

When you are single you can roam from place to place not worrying about furniture.
Most student housing comes furnished.
You show up with your clothes and some decor and you are ready to go.

Married life is different. You show up and they want you to bring your own stuff.
Currently, we have no bed. Just a mattress on the floor. (which I’m actually cool with)

We have a coffee table as a kitchen table – a kitchen table that acts as a desk – and a loveseat that has been through more than I want to know.

Here is something we actually purchased, thanks in large part to the thoughtful gift card to Ikea from Kailynn & Dallas!

A bookshelf.
I LOVE bookshelves.

I’ve had all of my books in boxes for a long time now.

I love looking at the shelf and seeing all of these books I’ve read. Each book triggers unique memories. I remember things I’ve learned, but each book is associated with different parts of my life, some with multiple parts.

I love reading.
I wish I had more time to read. (actually I should just MAKE more time)

I’m currently reading Smokejumpers and A Thomas Jefferson Education. I’ve got more books lined up, but I just have to finish these first.

Someday, all of us are going to have a vested interest in books…. (well, one book in particular)

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)

? What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

hunger games.

29 05 2010

It’s funny how I have done more reading since I graduated form school then I did while I was in school. (this includes the reading I should have been doing to study)

I read everyday for a little bit and LOVE it.
I recently began a book called Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I’m not too far into the book but it’s been a great read so far.

The basic premise is that the United States as we know it is gone. There are districts set up across the land and a central government located in “The Capital“.

Every year a boy and girl are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games – a fight to the death (televised throughout the land).

Basically it’s like kids doing fatal UFC for a year supply of food.

Can you imagine if each state was basically starving and the only way to secure a proper amount of food for the upcoming year was to have your states representative (boy or girl) be the last child standing in a fight to the death.

That’s a lot of pressure.

My biggest concern at 16 was dating. To be fair though, dating can be quite stressful.

Did any kids in the scriptures have stressful situations to handle?

Imagine being 17 (estimated age) and killing Goliath.
Or being 17 (estimated age) and being into slavery by your brothers.
Or being 14 and learning you are supposed to restore the true church to the Earth?

I imagine those were relatively stressful situations.

I guess I’ll just stick to the situations, trials, etc. that I have with the understanding that:

“…he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them…” (1 Nephi 3:7)

? What stresses you out?

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