Are You A Dreamer?

Book Discussion

It is unsurprising, given the title, that Kim Edwards' novel, The Lake of Dreams, does indeed feature many dreams. It contains both the dreams we make consciously and those that find us in our sleep.

"You know, the Iroquois take dreams very seriously. They see them as the secret wishes of the soul - the heart's desire, so to speak. Not all dreams, maybe, but the important ones. And when they recur, I tend to think they're important." p. 254

Lucy has a lot of dreams after returning home. They are often fitful and disturbing as her brain tries to sort through everything that she's finding out, as well as figuring out what she wants from the future. It left me asking if I'm really a dreamer.

thoughts and dreams

Credit: Paul Simpson

Everyone dreams, of course, but I don't have vivid Stephenie Meyer kind of storytelling dreams that stay with me after I wake (though that would be nice). They may linger for a few moments before darting away at the start of the day, not to be remembered. I don't, to my knowledge, have recurring dreams. The closest I've had were the recurring nightmares of a cartoon cowboy in a ten-gallon hat and his ever advancing stampede of cartoon animals whenever I had a fever as a child.

I'm a day dreamer. I have an active imagination, something that saved me during many a boring day in the classroom as a student. But that does not seem to translate into active dreams when I'm asleep. At least not that I remember.

I realize it seems a tad cliche, bloggers talking about their dreams, but are you a dreamer?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.


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