So excited to kick of this reading series on my blog.

Here is the Introduction to 1000 Days of Reading Program

I am not sure if I will be able to sustain logging 1000 Days of Reading, but I will certainly try to keep up.

Week 1: 01 Mar – 08 Mar 2021

Essays

  • Dancing so As Not to be Dead by Ray Bradbury (an introduction to his The Illustrated Man): I don’t have a link to the essay, I read it on my Kindle, but here is the gist.
  • The Aquarium by Aleksandar Hemon: This is a harrowing personal essay about a loss of a child to a terrible illness. It is a long essay, but I couldn’t stop reading it. I felt my heart aching to every word. From a writer’s perspective, this is a perfect example of how to show every single feeling you want to tell us. For example, of Isabel’s (his daughter) death he says is “now an organ in our bodies, whose sole function is a continuous secretion of sorrow.” Heartwrenching. Highly recommended. I couldn’t shake it off for days.
  • The Transformative Experience of Writing for “Sense8” by Aleksandar Hemon: I didn’t realize this was by the same writer as above (who I read often anyway, because, well… he is a countryman). I picked this essay because I loved (adored Senese 8) and couldn’t believe that it finished so abruptly after Season 2. I still hope they bring it back. The essay is about Hemon’s rare experience of writing in collaboration with someone else.
  • An Act of Faith by Jamie Etheridge: Growing a lemon tree under lockdown in Kuwait. ” We have a life here, friends and community. I have no answers, only the worries that come from being a mom, an expat, a human being living through a global pandemic.”
  • How to Practice by Ann Patchett: A lengthy and superb personal essay on the meaning of stuff and getting rid of it featuring interesting characters.

Stories

  • Did ISIS Have a Say in the Color of Her Wings by Mirette Bahgat Eskaros from Running Wild Anthology of Stories: Volume 4, Book 2: An interesting portrayal of life in modern-day Egypt and what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated society. (read it on my Kindle)
  • Good Looking by Souvankham Thammavongsa: Here is an interesting interview with the writer about this story.
  • Crocodile by Ashleigh Bell Pedersen: A coming of age short short story.
  • An Experience of the World by Morris Lurie from Great Short Stories of Australia and New Zealand: A story about a young and apparently brilliant man looking, but not looking for employment. I only have it in hardcopy, so no link.
  • Sharpest Teeth in the Swamp by Myna Chang: I saw one sentence from this flash fiction story posted on Twitter and I was hooked: “What good’s an alligator farm if you can’t use it to dispose of an annoying cousin now and then?”

Poems

  • Provincijalka by Djordje Balašević (in Serbian): This poem is also a popular song. This poetry website adds these songs to poems as well, which is a nice little all-in-one resource.
  • Šta je meni moja Bosna?  by Šimo Ešić (in Bosnian): This is a YouTube link to the poem. I thought it was an appropriate one for our country’s Independence Day (01 March). I commented on the poet’s Facebook page how much I loved it. Interestingly, he answered that he just spontaneously weaved the words together about what his homeland means to him. It wasn’t a poem at all! I now love it even more.
  • Ako hoćeš by Aleksa Šantić (in Bosnian): Aleksa Šantić is one of my favorite poets from my hometown in Mostar. Many of his poems have become famous songs. I am planning to read all of his poetry in the course of this program.
  • You Want a Social Life, with Friends by Kenneth Koch: I just love this poem. It is about finding (or not finding) a balance between social life, love life, and hard work. The website I link this poem from has amazing poetry resources. 

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