- Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
- Archie, vol 6 by Mark Waid
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy
- A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Reading Archie, vol. 6 (comic), Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (book), Ancient Ways by Pauline Campanelli (nonfiction), Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr (ebook), The Reef by Edith Wharton (audio), Best Loved Poems of the American People, Simple Abundace by Sarah Ban Breathnach
It’s Monday and I have officially returned to my VERY CONFUSING BUT SATISFYING READING PLAN. In the morning I read my Simple Abundance for the day. I read 10 pages of my nonfiction every day. At night, in bed, I read my ebook. I read one poem a day. I read one comic a week. And the rest of the time I read my book book. I listen to my audiobook every other day and podcasts every other day. Currently, I am working on a new project to catch up on podcasts. I counted how many I had, used a random number generator, and started working diligently on catching up on that one. In the long run this will help to clear out the list. I follow a number of podcasts that I have never even listened to a single episode of and I follow quite a few that are done.
I know that it is convoluted but I don’t care. It works for me. After I get my stack of books down to one stack of books again, I’ll start in on listening to series on audio again.
This is the fourth year that I have read Simple Abundance. I came across this book a long time ago on a Christian homeschooling blog that I was obsessed with and sought it out and read it the very next year. At the time it was probably not for me. I was in college and engaged and working but my life was pretty… easy in hindsight. The second time was the year that I first moved out of my parents’ house and in with said fiance, only to have a spectacular break up and move back in with my parents. It was also not the time but I went along, needing that little ritual every day. And that was a tough year, the first half of it was very lonely and confusing. I was suffering through an emotionally abusive relationship, marooned in a house by myself, and working on my masters degree. The second half of the year was spend trying to piece it together and going out to bars with my new boyfriends band and drinking too much. The third time I read it was a couple of years ago and I don’t actually remember the circumstances but I remember thinking, “I don’t need this.”
Now, though… Whoa buddy do I need this. Mothering, wifing, friending, working, and trying to follow my dreams and figure myself out. That’s a fucking lot, you guys. But I do it and I have to say that Simple Abundance has really hit the spot.
I’ve had some other great “devotional” or “day book” experiences in previous years. I read the Intellectual Devotional and enjoyed the random information gathered and I read The Daily Stoic and enjoyed that as well. I have THREE of these kinds of books currently or nearly in my possession and I’m not sure which one to do next. I have A Celtic Devotional, 365 Devotions to Embrace What Matters Most, and A Calendar of Wisdom. Maybe I should do two? Is that too much?
To be honest, I am not intending to get much reading done this week. Gardenscapes has the Christmas set out and I have to collect them all because I never have before and I just have this crazy drive to do some. No worries. I run out of lives quite frequently. I might be reading some yet!