for august's book i read the road by cormac mccarthy. i've read a lot of sad books but this might be the saddest of them all. i also find a lot of post-apocalyptic world books to be frustrating, and this one was no exception. i wanted more details and more explanations. that all being said, i still thought this book was incredible.
the road was more about raw human emotion and spirit than about running away from zombies or heroically saving the world. for the most part it's pretty slow-paced and will meticulously pull at every one of your heart strings until you're left crying and thinking about how horribly ungrateful you are for your blessed life and how it would take you approximately 30 minutes before you died if placed in their situation.
will i ever want to read this book again? probably not. do i think everyone should read it at least once? probably.
aaand here are a few favorite quotes from it:
"just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. you might want to think about that.
you forget some things, don't you?
yes. you forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget."
"people are always getting ready for tomorrow. i didn't believe in that. tomorrow wasn't getting ready for them. it didn't even know they were there."
"you have my whole heart. you always did."
"no list of things to be done. the day providential to itself. the hour. there is no later. this is later. all things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. their birth in grief and ashes."
"keep a little fire burning. however small, however hidden."