Today I went out to use some of the great gift cards that I got as presents. Me and Hannah hit up Half Price and Barnes & Noble and we got some great books. So now these along with the few hundred other books that I have bought I will have plenty to read over the remainder of break and next year.
After a long day, hard work, arguing and just feeling stressed out, it was time to tune things out. I just had to relax and chill. So I laid in bed, put in my headphones and picked up Brave New World. It feels so nice to just tune everything and everyone out for a little bit. To just be alone, with music and a book. It calms me down, cheers me up and helps me think. I needed it and after a night’s sleep, I was ready to start a new day.
I’ve been wanting this book for a while. It’s Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I’ve been wanting this book for a while and I found a very pretty copy of it over the weekend when I went with Hannah to a book store. But I’m a little short on money and it was more than I wanted to pay for it. So I put it back and we kept looking. She bought a few books and then we went on with our day. Later that night as we were sitting by the fire, I noticed her holding this little red book. I asked what it was and she handed me the book, saying she had wanted to surprise me. It was Brave New World, the exact copy I had found earlier that day. Somehow she got it without me seeing it and was able to surprise me with it. It was such a small gift but it made me so happy. A simple gesture, but a very sweet one. And tonight, I opened it up and started to read it, a nice ending to a long day. And it’s nice because now I look at it and not only is it a pretty book, but it reminds me of her and it makes me smile.
This is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It was the first book I ever read by him. I read this for the first time early last year and I fell in love with it; I’m reading it again now. I had asked my dad about the book, because I kept hearing about, and he said it was a great book. He went upstairs and gave me old copy of it. The book is at least 35 years old. I blew through the book. I couldn’t put it down. And when I went to give it back he told me to keep it. And now I’ve started devouring Bradury’s other works. He was an amazing writer and a very wise person. And there are so many passages and quotes that he wrote and that I can’t forget. Like this passage above. The movement and rythmn of it is amazing. I actually stopped reading after this passage, sat quietly for a minute and had to go back and read it out loud because it struck me so much. There are so many things I love about this book and I hope everyone gets to read, and I hope they love it a little bit too.