5 Things I Learned from Reading The Godfather

I finished The Godfather last night.  As much as I want to think I am a hardcore reader I’m really not.  It’s not always easy to set aside time to read with 2 young active kids, a wife and a full time job.  But maybe because it was the Holidays and I had a little more free time than usual I was able to read it in about 2 weeks.  Not bad, an average of about 32 pages a day.  Although I read 130 of those pages the last two days to finish it.

It goes to show you that you can read any book if you just give yourself a little time.  Try for 10 pages a day.  My guess is you’ll find the time to read more like 20 – 30 pages.  Especially if it’s a good book.  If it’s not a good book, than put it down and pick up another one.  There are just too many great books out there to waste any time on a book you aren’t enjoying.

I have primarily been a Nonfiction reader the last few years.  The last Fiction book I was was Marley and Me and that was about 8 years ago.  It was Steven Pressfield’s new novel that got me thinking about going back into Fiction.  That coupled with Stephen King’s book about writing, “On Writing”, which I have been listening to on Audio caused me to develop a craving for a good story.

I found a copy of “The Godfather” in the FREE TAKE ME section of my library.  No cover, a little beat up on the outside, but free and perfectly fine on the inside.  And that’s what really counts, right?  The inside.

I tracked down the old book and opened it up.  Mario Puzo had me hooked within a few pages.  I have seen the movies many times but Puzo goes into so much more detail.  I always figured the book would be pretty much exactly like the movie.  The movie did a great job but what was a pleasant surprise was that parts of the Godfather II were in the book.

As you probably recall, the Godfather II focuses on the Don’s early life in NY as well as Michael’s new role as the Godfather.  I always loved the scenes in Part II seeing the history of Don Corleone.  I was thrilled to get a chance to read the story with so much more detail.

Clearly I am recommending this book to any adult interested in the mafia, crime, family or even love.  There are a ton of love stories intertwined.

 

 

 

Five things I learned from reading the Godfather

 

  1. You get a sense of accomplishment when you read a book of length.  I know that it wasn’t War and Peace at 1200 plus pages.  But it’s not a book you can read overnight.  You need to develop and maintain a reading habit and stick to it.  It helps when the story is good of course.  I did get chills when I finished the book.
  2. Your mood is altered when you read a book.  I first learned this when I read “The Catcher in the Rye“. I remember being so somber, almost depressed when I was reading that book.  This is true with Nonfiction as well.  Read a book on Happiness (like The Happiness Advantage) and you’ll feel happy.  Maybe that’s why Fifty Shades of Grey was so popular….
  3. You don’t have more time to read but you will use your time to read.  We usually sit around and watch tv.  Law and Order, sports, Speed, The Lost Boys, whatever we can find.  But for those two weeks I kept the TV off or if it was turned on, I was focusing on the book and not the TV.  There were also times when a game would be on,  the TV muted and my face buried in the book.  We still only have 24 hours but we can decide how to use them.
  4. You want to talk about the book to everyone!  That’s all you can think about.  You will seek out people you think would be interested in the book and talk with them about it.  You will start to think you are a weirdo because you read and not watch the latest episode of This is Us.  But you don’t care because you are so happy with yourself and so in love with the story you are reading.
  5. When you finish, you will celebrate briefly and then pick up the next book.  Congratulations.  You are now a reader.  You now have the habit inside of you.  Now you can move on to the next one and fall in love with those characters.  Remember though, if you don’t like it, put it down and pick up another one.

 

Happy Reading!

 

-Keith Laskey

 

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Comments

  1. Karen Robinson says:

    Thanks for sharing Keith. I would agree with you with Catcher in the Rye. Love it, but tough to get through at times. I remember reading A Time to Kill years ago and the first few chapters were tough and then someone said, “keep going the ending is rewarding”. A book I would have to suggest to anyone that is looking to laugh, cry, feel anger and happiness is Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. It’s fiction, but a good story and well done.

    • Hey Karen!! Thanks for the comment and recommendations! A Time to Kill, that is one to add to the list. I have a feeling Angela’s Ashes would be tough. I may not be ready for that!! Thanks again, Karen.

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