Friday, April 3, 2009

So what have you been reading?

Have you ever been talking to someone you're trying to impress and they ask you "So what have you been reading lately?" And you freeze. Your mind goes blank. Sure, I've been reading a lot of books lately, but none of them seem to be able to surface in your mind.

Well, it happened to me recently. The only book I could remember writing about was Knuffle Bunny. There are 21 good books (some classics) on this list, and I pull out Knuffle Bunny? While I'm not ashamed of Knuffle, its not exactly top-shelf material either. I can just see how that conversation goes:

Person I need to impress (PINTI from here on out): So what have you been reading lately?

Me: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.

PINTI: Oh, what's that about.

Me: About a baby who doesn't speak and misses her Knuffle Bunny that she misplaced at the laundromat.

PINTI: Sounds, ummm, interesting.

Me (Becoming desperate, needing to impress): Yeah, it is. Beneath the kid book facade, its an existential piece about how we lose ourselves when we misplace that which is most dear to us. And in that crisis we recognize the wonderful gifts that God has bestowed on us through his guiding hand. You should check it out, it changed my life.

PINTI: Oh, that's sounds so much more interesting. I just thought you were reading a kids picture book.

Me: Well, its easy to make that mistake, but today's authors are getting philosophically deeper and aiming at younger audiences. Our children are the most discerning audience. I mean, try to impress a 3 year old--that can be a tough crowd.

PINTI: Thanks for sharing that. I'll have to check out this Nuffle Bunny.

Me: It's pronounced Kah-nuffle. And your welcome.

Thankfully I pulled out something a little more profound, but if I was stuck with Knuffle, I was going to make it count.

Soooo, what have you been reading lately?


Ben said...

I've been reading (here and there) the Foundation books you sent me. I'm about halfway through the 2nd one - Foundation and Empire. I like this one better than the first, possibly because the stories are longer. Also, before I started this one, I read a bit more about history of the Foundation books, so the format and writing style are starting to make a bit more sense.

Other than that, it's been mostly Beatrix Potter and Felicia Bond for me (and Lydia)!


Rob said...

Great story!