- Redwall by Brian Jacques
- Simple Wicca by Michele Morgan
- The Heart of Wicca by Ellen Cannon Reed
- Zine by Pagan Kennedy
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
- A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
- Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Marie Rilke
Currently Reading: “The Crazies” by Maud Streep, The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights by James Knowles, United We Spy by Ally Carter, Marbles by Ellen Forney, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, Simple Wicca by Michele Morgan, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Empowered Mama by Lisa Druxman, The Best Loved Poems of the American People
Again, as crazy as my reading life has been this year, I have really enjoyed it. I am amazed at how much my brain can handle sometimes. I mean, I’ll forget something you told me ten minutes ago but I have no problem telling you exactly what is happening in all of the books I’m reading right now. There’s, in order, fake shoot outs, a young knight who was treated poorly when he was the charge of Sir Key, a couple of spy kids arguing with their parents about having to go back to school when there is so much else to do, a depression, a discussion of women making writing suit their lives instead of using the same forms as men, just the intro (lol), still some shorts about love, listening to my inner silence, focusing on spending 10 minutes a day on on the thing I feel most lacking in my life, and a “story poem” that so far is about feeding paupers on Christmas Day.
See? I’ve got it!
Only, I’ve been feeling a little suffocated by my inability to find good reading time lately. We’ll use today as an example. When I set out this morning, I told myself that I was going to read through one short story and the rest of Marbles today and MAYBE a second short story if I got to it. It’s not a lot. It’s one or two short stories and a graphic novel that I am already half way through. But already I have been putting other things first. This morning I rushed to get ready and do my usual morning things AND fold the laundry that I just finished washing this morning. At work, I filled my planner and then thought of three more things to add. When I get home, I’ll play with LD and eat dinner and HOPE that I get a chance to read tonight. Or maybe Hubby will put on a show I want to watch or maybe he’ll ask me to play a game.
And part of this is that I have been trying to be a little easier on myself. I know that I put a lot of pressure on myself to GET THROUGH THINGS and GET THINGS DONE. I have this feeling through most days of rushed, cramped worry. My stomach is tight and wiggly. I’m unable to catch my breath. And it’s all ME. It’s something I have to improve because I 100% think that stress is the cause of one whole side of my family’s illnesses and deaths. I don’t need the stress and I need to figure out how to manage it.
A large part of managing my stress is doing things that I enjoy and a lot of the time that means reading but something it means watching the whole of Everything Sucks on Netflix on a Sunday. Sometimes it means playing a game with my husband. Sometimes it means reminding myself that I love to read and it makes me feel better.
For now, for this week, my goal is to mess around on my phone less when I should be reading and to take my melatonin right before bed so that I get some reading time in after a lay down instead of just dying.
Always be reading, my friends!