My daughter is very good for me. If it weren’t for her, I’d be all wrapped up in this crazy Internet world and never read a thing that wasn’t about business. I mean, I like to read those books because they help me, and I read a lot. I’m finally getting around to Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and am finding it completely fascinating. I think I’ve already figured a lot of it out — after 58 years, if you haven’t, shame on you, but I still enjoy psychology and knowing why people tend to do the things they do.
But I read books for fun at night, and my current adoration for creativity, hilarity, and amazingness goes to British author Sir Terry Prachett. He’s just so prolific and so funny that I often laugh out loud reading his books. I find it heart-wrenching that someone so talented and full of life as he is sinking into the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s just not fair to him — first and foremost — or to his millions of avid readers who will deeply mourn his loss.
Some of my most favorite Prachett books are Going Postal and Making Money, both about Moist von Lipwig, a true con man who seems to use his talents to set things right in the town of Ankh-Morpork on Terry’s Discworld, a disk-shaped, flat world held in place on the backs of four elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, A’Tuin.
But I also love Prachett’s witches — Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. They’re an amazing bunch that seem to solve every problem, not with magic so much as with “headology,” as Granny calls it.
If you like fantasy, humor, or just love a good laugh, pick up any of Prachett’s books. We have almost all of them in the house now, and the daughter and husband have read all of them. I’m catching up and loving every single moment and laughing all the time.
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