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blog books2I vowed I would never read Moby Dick.  Too long and too boring.  Who really wanted to read that many pages about a whale?

Well, fast forward 3rd year of college. I was taking a 6-week summer course in 19th century American literature and guess what was on the syllabus.


Moby Dick.  I had 2 days to read it.  Initially, I tried to read it, but I realized that it was not humanly possible for me to do so.  I bought Cliff Notes for the first time in my life.  Honestly, I didn’t mind because I really didn’t want to read it.  Remember it was a vow!

Then in the last 2 months I have had 2 people that I respect recommend it to me.  Just seemed like too much of a coincidence so I thought I would give it a whirl and picked it up at the library.  It’s still long and it’s still about a whale, but I realize now it’s about so much more.  I’m actually glad that I haven’t picked it up until now.  I don’t think I could have appreciated it at another time like I do now. It’s so rich.   Here are a couple of my favorite lines:

Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded forever.

A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy! All noble things are touched with that.

While most of my reading time has been spent with Ishmael and Captain Ahab, I also have found time for a few new cookbooks, and I seem to always make time for a design book or two.  I haven’t read Readicide yet, but look forward to brushing up with something in my field.  I haven’t had much time to do that in the last 5 years.

What’s on your nightstand this month?  Or your Kindle/Nook?  What books are you rediscovering?

p.s.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about Moby Dick, too!

Click here to see what was On My Nightstand in February.

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