- I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
- The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran
- On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
- Bluebird’s Egg
- Lady Oracle
- Wilderness Tips
- The Robber Bride
- Cat’s Eye
- Blind Assassin
- Alias Grace ALL by Margaret Atwood
- Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver
- Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal-Smogging by Louise Rennison
- Riverdale Digest, vol 5
Reading The Poisoned City by Anna Clark, Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr, On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God, Naked Witch by Fiona Horne, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Empowered Mama by Lisa Druxman, Chicken Soup for the Soul
For the past couple of weekends, Ian has gone for the afternoon with one of his Grandmas on Sunday. Last week he stayed with my mom for a couple hours. Yesterday he stayed with Hubby’s mom. The grandmas have asked to watch him and it’s given me a little bit of quiet time. Last week Hubby played his game for a while and I spent a blessed couple of minutes under my tree, reading. Yesterday Hubby napped and I cleaned the whole house and read. It feels good to start my week with almost everything done. I just need to fold the last load of laundry and unload the dishwasher.
When I start the week like this, I always have grand plans. I say that I will read and play games whenever I’m asked. But it always seems to slip away from me. The next thing I know, I’ve been reading the same comic for days and haven’t touched a book. This week I am going to try to do better. I’m starting by scheduling in reading time at work again. For a while I read for 30 minutes at the start of my shift. It seems counter-productive but I actually was more productive because of it AND I read books a little faster. Part of what I loved about this practice is that I put my phone of “Do Not Disturb” and I set a timer for however long I plan to read and I make a point to READ and not pick up my phone. It’s a practice that I’ve fallen out of, this kind of focused reading, and I’m happy to get back to it. I’m planning on doing 10 minutes at the beginning and end of my shift.
Last night I finally got a chance to pick up The Poisoned City about Flint’s water crisis. I live about 40-45 minutes from Flint. I got my bachelor’s degree at University of Michigan- Flint. Growing up, Flint was where we went shopping. A lot of my childhood memories are wrapped up in Flint and the Flint River. I learned to swim at the Holloway Reservoir and it’s also the first place I ever kayaked. More than that, I watched Flint declining and watched it starting to resurface before the crisis. It’s of personal interest to me and my little social injustice feelers are ready for a workout.
Lots of books on my bought list this week but they weren’t actually books I bought. A friend and his girlfriend are moving into their own house and have been getting rid of things that they don’t want to move. Hubby was gifted a box of Walking Dead comics and I got the Margaret Atwood. Again, I can’t say no to new books.
But, I am not 6 days into my book fast. No checking out new books and no buying books. I’ve made it this far, though I did almost crack last week. I have the need to get my reading life and my book stock under control. I want to read some of the books I own, too, really clean it out. Part of this, I think, is because of Soulful Simplicity, which I have found to be very encouraging. I want to have less and I want to owe less and I want less stress and pressure and I’d be lying if OI said my books don’t freak me out sometimes.
Well, you guys, what kind of week is ahead of you? Anything good to consume? I’d like to get some Castle Rock in myself.