The Beginning

04 Mar

Writing about MS all the time is becoming depressing. And since as a person with MS I am more inclined to become depressed (chemicals in the brain being all F-ed up and what not) I am going to avoid depressing things. So I have decided to write about something else. It wasn’t that difficult for me to think of another topic. What else is always running through my mind? Books. I love Books. They take you to a different place. You become totally immerged in someone else’s life that for a little while you can pretend it is yours. Not that I am trying to use escapism, which this is definitely a form of. I have been surrounded by books my entire life and honestly didn’t become an avid reader until college. I blame that on Anne Rice who started my obsession with Vampires and all things supernatural.  

It’s not just the stories though. It’s the books themselves. Yes I admit that I am a little picky about the books that I buy. I love hard cover. The only time I like soft cover is to bring to the beach. And if I read something in soft cover and love it, I will buy it in hard cover for my (sad attempt at a) library.

People have recently been trying to talk me into getting a Kindle, or some such device. I just can’t sanction it. Maybe to replace my soft cover books? But I love the way a book feels in my hands. I love to turn the pages. I love the way they smell, especially the older well read books. I know that sounds strange. But who else are you going to admit these things to then the people who read your blog?

Right now I am reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It started out as a good book. I enjoyed the adventure in the beginning. I was really happy with the direction it was taking with Huck and Jim. But all the sudden they pick up these con artists who I hated. And I realize that we were supposed to hate them. But I swear I almost skipped chapters to get away from them. And then finally we did get rid of them and Tom Sawyer ends up in the mix. Which I have to say seemed like a literary stretch. Like Twain couldn’t think of a way to end the book so he threw in the most unlikely character. At first I was very happy with this development. I really liked Tom in his book. However in this book I hate him. He is acting like a spoiled rich kid who is just looking for adventure because he is bored. While poor Huck is actually trying to save his friends life. I have less than 30 pages left and it is a little torturous to finish. I just want to reach into the book and punch Tom and tell Huck to just save poor Jim and get back on their raft. I am hoping that that is what happens in the next couple of pages but I doubt it. And no, obviously I have never read this before. I am a little late coming to most of the classics. I am working on that though.  

So here starts my second topic. Feel free to chime in with your own comments about the books, or my interpretations. 🙂


Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Books


2 responses to “The Beginning

  1. Kate

    March 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Hi I was nosing through MS bloggers and found your blog. This post is the first one of yours I have read but I wanted to say I like your thinking. It does get depressing talking about MS all the time so its nice to have a bit of variety and like you I love books too. I am new to this blogging malarkey and have not long started up my blog but I’m planning my blog to be about my experiences with MS but also about the more fun parts of my life or things that interest me to, we’ll see how it pans out though. Back to books, I can’t comment about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as I haven’t read it, not read many of the classics I’m afraid but reading more of them is on my to do list. I’m quite into vampire/supernatural books. I’m all for a bit of escapism, why not? I love going into the different worlds of books I read. I shall read through more of your blog since I’m impressed with what I have read so far.

    Take care


    • Janet DiFolco

      March 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Kate! A lot of people view my site, but it is rare for them to comment, or even let me know that they liked it, let alone have a lot of the same thoughts. So I was really glad to hear from you. I was happy to see that my new direction for my blog is being taken so well. I feel a little bit more exposed now since I am getting a significantly higher amount of views.  But it’s all good. I hope that you liked my older posts as well. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog. It is very well put together and written. I may be borrowing some of your ideas, like your ‘my blogs list’.  Of course that’s only if I can figure out how to do that. This is all still very new to me too.

      – Janet –


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