The Books that Form Us
I came across this quote on GoodReads this week. I’ve been noodling on it all week. Which are the books that have formed you into who you are?
“Books help to form us. If you cut me open, you will find volume after volume, page after page, the contents of every one I have ever read, somehow transmuted and transformed into me. Alice in Wonderland. the Magic Faraway Tree. The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Book of Job. Bleak House. Wuthering Heights. The Complete Poems of W H Auden. The Tale of Mr Tod. Howard’s End. What a strange person I must be. But if the books I have read have helped to form me, then probably nobody else who ever lived has read exactly the same books, all the same books and only the same books as me. So just as my genes and the soul within me make me uniquely me, so I am the unique sum of the books I have read. I am my literary DNA.”
― Susan Hill, Howards End Is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home
Isn’t this marvelous?
Bleak House. To Kill a Mockingbird. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. O Pioneers. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. A Wrinkle in Time. Pride and Prejudice.
These are the books that live inside me, that have formed me, that I keep returning to.
And here’s another sort of quote about reading:
There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves. ~ Will Rogers
Good one, eh?
Grilled Chicken with Roasted Peppers
And this may just be a recipe that you keep returning to also. This one probably should have been in the salad portion of the cookbook, but it would also make a good main dish.
It’s pretty simple–2 jars of roasted red peppers, grilled chicken, cucumber, and red onion, served over a bed of romaine lettuce and a yummy dressing.
The recipe makes a lot. I filled one large and one medium tupperware container and still had plenty for a dinner for two. But that’s great in my opinion because it provides good lunches for the week.
It’s a keeper! We’re going to have this delicious salad along with the French Onion Soup (p. 21) this evening for dinner. More on the latter later.
I had extra spinach on hand, so tonight instead of using romaine as the base, I used spinach.
P.S. I saw Donna in church on Sunday, and she gave me a reason why my oriental meatballs wouldn’t stay together. I was thinking of them as big, 2″ meatballs, but she said they were meant to be small, no bigger than one inch. Ohhhhhhh…that makes more sense. So thanks, Donna, for the clarification. We’ll all make a note in our cookbooks.