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She Reads Everything

I love books. Just staring at my bookshelves gives me a sense of peace. Rather than any specific genre, I love good books. To me a good book is one that at the end leaves me happier and/or smarter.

The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession (P.S.)

The Zahir - Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa This was a tougher read for me - I did a lot of pausing to consider what I'd just read, what it meant, and what I thought about it. I didn't really respect or like any of the book's characters, but I did appreciate their journeys through the idea of love - love as commercialism sells it, love as we think we want others to give it, and love as it should be: freeing rather than controlling, broadening and empowering rather than constricting. What I get from this book (and from other real-life couples) is a depiction of the journey a couple goes through in a marriage - passion, disillusionment, boredom, and the rather desperate feeling that there's something or someone else "out there" that can fix the way you feel, but the answer is rather in changing any attitudes of complacency toward your own life and the lives of others.