I was a bit quiet last week, trying to recover from NaNoWriMo. I got the house clean, finished decorating, and did a little Christmas shopping. Which brings me to today’s post. Last week, while out and about, I stopped in at Cracker Barrel. Standing in line, waiting for a table, my eyes wandered around the room and fell on a four pack of sparkling bottles. I grabbed a pack and grinned like a toddler at Christmas.
If you’ve never seen these bottle before, it’s OK, I haven’t either. So why did I spend $5 of four bottles of soda I have never had?
Because, I read about them! The protagonist in Lowcountry Boil, and its sequel, drinks Cheerwine, a cherry flavored cola from South Carolina. After reading about it I had mentally planned on trying it, but thought I would have to wait for a trip to S.C. I was thrilled to find it locally. I haven’t tried it yet. My youngest daughter polished off the first bottle as soon as I went to work, the other was given to my father in law, whose never heard of it.
As I sit with my chilling bottles in the refrigerator, I recall high school when I read Sarum. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It’s a huge book, but worth every minute. After reading, the entire history of Salisbury, England seen through the lives of four families; I made it my goal to visit the locale. A year after I finished collage, I did just that. I saw many of the places mentioned in the book. I walked through the monoliths at Stonehenge, pondering how they were built, and even spied a large horse carved into the chalk hillside. All of which I read about in Sarum.
These two books may not be world changing books, but they made an impression on me. All books make an impressions and leave a mental mark. Sometimes they lead us to try new things or visit new places. Because of that, they are just as important as literary genus’s we hear so much about.
What book lead you to try something new or visit a locale?