Read a book published before you were born (and 52 New Books in 2016 | 41)


One of the categories of Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2016 Reading Challenge is to "read a book published before you were born". I knew this would be a difficult category so I intentionally made it my first selection within the challenge. I do have several titles on hand in my library of growing book titles I haven't read yet. This is also another new book in my 52 New Books in 2016 challenge with less than 10 new books to read before I accomplish that goal. Pretty cool!

For my first selection of this challenge and for this category I chose the beautifully sweet, The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (translated by Katherine Woods). It was originally published in 1943, twenty years before I was born. At almost 53 years old and reading for the first time this slim 83-page treasure is fraught with profound pearls of wisdom of what really matters in the course of life, friendship, and, of course, love. While I am sure there is specific meaning to each of the vignette's offered within the story, I believe each person can find a piece that is their own, meaning within the meaning: time spent on others is what makes the time spent and the others, both, valuable and not wasted; we see things as they truly are if we see them from the inside out, "One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes"; is a desert beautiful (or anything) only if someone sees it in its' deserted glory; grown-ups are strange, they only care about numbers (grown-up things) and they lose their sense of wonder, a seeing things as a child see them (have you ever read a picture book to a child and you'll see what I mean). "And no grown-up will ever understand how such a thing could be so important."

I loved the lessons gleaned on leadership from the visits to the planets near the Little Princes' planet; and since we will all be a leader in some way through our life, these short pieces are fitting for everyone. For instance, "I know a planet inhabited by a red-faced gentleman. He’s never smelled a flower. He’s never looked at a star. He’s never loved anyone. He’s never done anything except add up numbers. And all day long he says over and over, just like you, ‘I’m a serious man! I’m a serious man!’ And that puffs him up with pride. But he’s not a man at all!" Oh, pride! How sneaky are you, pride?

This book is a healthy, reminder to look at things from a different perspective. As a Christian, its a good reminder to look at the world and its people through the eyes of God.

Rating: 10

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2016 Reading Challenge


I was visiting Modern Mrs. Darcy the other day and she shared a post, an update of her Reading Challenge, that made me consider hard her Reading Challenge for the remainder of the year. It is only July, which would give me 6 months still to complete the challenge. It would be within my own personal challenge of 52 New Books in 2016, which I am moving right along with (52 New Books in 2016). As I am finished with book 39 in my challenge I thought, I can do this; in addition to reading through Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series, the Harry Potter series (finishing up book 3, The Prisoner of Azkaban), and plowing through the growing stack of books on my personal bookshelf in my bedroom which has overflowed to my bedroom dresser, I might enjoy this reading challenge by Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Someone in the comments section of this post mentioned PopSugar's 2016 Reading Challenge so I searched for the challenge and was intrigued by it as well. What to do? I knew I could check several from the list off already this year but I think I'll make this a half-year challenge and see how it goes. I'll work on Modern Mrs. Darcy's for the rest of this year and depending how I do I might try a double challenge next year and add in Pop Sugar's 2017 Reading Challenge, which I'm sure they'll institute, again. So, all of that said...

Here's Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2016 Reading Challenge:

  • A book published this year
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book you've been meaning to read
  • A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller
  • A book you should have read in school
  • A book chosen by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF
  • A book published before you were born
  • A book that was banned at some point
  • A book you own but have never read
  • A book that intimidates you
  • A book you've already read at least once

I'm excited I have this added challenge to picking my next new book to read (except that last one in the challenge - a book I've already challenge, no problem...I'll definitely re-read a J.D. Robb In Death series book.