It’s so cool when book reviewers or v-bloggers make lists of books they want to read or to be read (TBR). It gives me hope of reading the next mind-capturing novel. I’m a bookie at heart.
But I feel like I make up excuses why I can’t enjoy reading. I remember my family making fun of me because I was the only kid who chose reading over the outdoors.
Their YouTube channels were the highlight of my long, graveyard shifts. But they gave me some confidence to tell people what I think about a book.
I’m always eager to share what I’ve read. But my wife could care less. She pretends to listen, but I know books aren’t her cup of tea. I read her an essay from 2005 The Best American Essays.
It was absolutely beautiful, but she wasn’t interested. I’ll get to that a little later.
Being inspired again
At least that’s how I felt when I bought these two books. I have no idea why I was drawn to them.
I searched for books that were related to fatherhood but took the form of prose. Essays in particular. I wanted stories of dads, whether he was absent or home every night for dinner.
Picked this one up at Barnes & Nobles. I know its a little outdated. It was on sale because of that.
I used to write prose just for fun. Nowadays, I have to drag the piece out. The essays I read so far are crafted to explore varies topics like death and class.
This time around, I looked for something. Something to inspire me to dip deep into my into my fatherhood. And I stumbled upon this anthology, Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and fatherhood.
I’m in heaven. This is a breath of fresh air. I’ve been in this sci-fi genre kick for years it seems like. But nonfiction has caught my attention and it’s here to stay.
I would like to share my thoughts on each of these anthologies. Specifically, I want to convey my favorite essays from each and tell you why.
I hope you explore the complexities of fatherhood and its pressures with me. I’ll also give recommendations for buying/reading these books.