I love to read but I usually don’t read novels. I have read random ones throughout the years that I love that somehow randomly made it into my hands but since I don’t have a favorite topic or favorite author I usually don’t know where to start to find novels I may like to read.
But recently I found one that captured my heart completely.
I go to used bookstores/thrift stores mostly for books and some of them have plastic bins full of free books. One day recently I bought a shitload of self-help books and was walking out the door and noticed a book in the free bin called “Carry Me Like Water”. I never heard of it before then and did not think for a second that I would actually read or like it before I read the description. But the name, that lovely name, “Carry Me Like Water” drew me in, touched me in an indescribable place, inspired me, and so I snatched it up just for the hell of it!
And whooooaaa am I glad I did!!
I read the back of the book and just knew I had to give it a try. But when I got home, I threw the book aside and promised myself I would read it later. A few weeks have come and gone and I finally picked up the book again and began reading. Since the very first page I was hooked!
Hopelessly, desperately hooked.
There are some books I have read and love but certain parts of it or pages kind of bored me somewhat but this book? Not one word bored me. Not one! What a page turner!
I read it day and night and was through with it in just a couple short days. If it wasn’t for having to sleep and a couple of other essential things I would have read it in one day or less! It has 502 pages.
When I read novels I come to get so attached. I come to love the characters almost as if I know them! And I mourn them when my reading is complete. While I can never wait to get to the end to see what happens, a part of me dreads it because while I can read the book again and again it just won’t be the same as the first read!
This book truly has my heart. I love it. It’s beautiful, captivating, heartwarming, heartbreaking, inspiring, painful, breathtaking, agonizing.
Brilliantly, brilliantly, breathtaking.
It explores some deep sorrows that our world endures such as unjust discrimination against people of certain races, incestuous sexual abuse, homophobia, classicism, HIV/AIDS.
It is a beautiful story of hope, healing, forgiveness, moving on, trust, honesty, friendship, love, and family, romantic as well as platonic/friendship love, self acceptance and the acceptance of others, even those who are different than the character or who have made seemingly unforgivable mistakes.
It takes place in the 80’s/90’s in San Francisco & El Paso and involves a group of people including Caucasian and Latino people and Homosexual & Heterosexual people who are all connected somehow but do not know or realize it. Their lives have crossed or touched somehow at some point. Some do not know it and some want to forget. Their lives are all broken and they all struggle with some sort of emotional pain and very difficult problems that are extremely hard to face and admit.
It explores borders, both geographical as well as emotional borders.
I would fall asleep at night reading it and wake up and begin again!
It shows how people can heal even after horrific tragedies like abuse and loss and abandonment and social injustices and how family is not always biological or blood.
This is thoroughly entertaining and gut-wrenching. I felt every emotion conveyed by the author and experienced by the amazing, incredible characters. I felt like I was involved with the lives and hearts of those people. I haven’t felt that way over a novel since I read my other favorite book, the semi-fictional, “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey about his beautiful, agonizing struggle to overcome substance addiction.
It is a lovely story! ❤
“Carry Me Like Water”
Published in 1995
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
My favorite kind of books/novels, other than self-help, I realize, are ones of hope & healing, perseverance, and overcoming problems that once seemed impossible to overcome. I have a hunger for more of those books. I just have to see what subject they fall under. There are murder mysteries, science fiction, romantic comedy….I guess I have some exploring to do!
“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
― Francis Bacon, The Essays
“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
― Winston Churchill
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
― Nelson Mandela
“When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“That’s one of the remarkable things about life. It’s never so bad that it can’t get worse.”
― Bill Watterson
When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
― Elvis Presley
“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
― H.G. Wells
“It’s not how we fall. It’s how we get back up again.”
― Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men
Let pain make you BETTER not Bitter!! ❤