- Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
- The Hunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates
Reading: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King, Only the Good Spy Young, Writers Gone Wild by Bill Peschel, The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights by James Knowles, Weary Blues by Langston Hughes, Tina’s Mouth by Keshni Kashyap, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and The Empowered Mama by Lisa Druxman
As happens every year around this time, I have spent the last month fretting about reading. I have SO MUCH TO READ because I have battle of the books coming up and I have to go and sell five books to a bunch of middle grade students during their lunch break. This is a pretty terrifying thing to do and I always put a lot of pressure on myself to read all of the books before I present. But I was reminded last week by my right hand at work that I’m a librarian and therefore a pro at using Goodreads to sell books that I haven’t read. She told me not to worry about it and that was really helpful. Because now I feel a little freer than before and when I pick up a book to read I am not thinking so much about deadlines and such, just the book. It’s not a competition. I don’t have to read the books before everyone else. And I’m not going to because both of my staff are faster readers than me, have more time on the clock to read than me, and don’t have a rambunctious 9.5 month old at home.
And so I wrote two goals in my planner for this week. The first is to do things that bring joy. The second is to take back my reading life.
You may notice that I am reading five million books at the present. Let me break that down for you.
Sleeping Beauties is my actual book at the moment. I have been working on reading this for almost two months but I am actually making some headway now. It always takes me a little while to get into Stephen King but once it clicks, it clicks and it has clicked. I am enjoying it and hope to read a lot more this week.
Only the Good Spy Young is my audiobook. I listen to audio at least 45 minutes Monday through Friday. After I finish an audiobook, I like to listen to some of my podcasts for a week as a kind of cleanser. This one is the fourth in a six part series and I just started it this morning. I’m already sucked back in. A delightful romp.
Writers Gone Wild is my nonfiction book at the moment. I try to read 10 pages of nonfiction a day. Hubby surprised me with this one a few months ago and I decided to read it now so that he would know I love him and appreciate it. But it’s also a hoot and right up my alley. Last week I was asked to help give a talk about Hemingway at work and I spoke purely from this book, which basically means that I told an off color story about a walking stick. A. Hoot.
The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights is my ebook. I like to have an ebook to read at night in bed because then I can read when I can’t sleep without turning a light on. I’ve been sporadic about this one because I have the King book on my Kindle too but I sleep better when I don’t read a book about women being wrapped in cocoons in their sleep, it turns out, so I’m back on it. It was a free download, as I’m working through from my oldest ebooks to my newest and I downloaded a TON of free books when I got my first Kindle. A lot of people say they find it dry but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it.
Wearly Blues is my book of poetry. I try to read at least one poem a day but these are so short that I am tearing through them. And they are WONDERFUL. I don’t think I’ve ever read Langston Hughes before but he’s freaking amazing.
Tina’s Mouth is my current graphic novel. Remember Graphic Friday? Well, I’m bringing it back! As part of my plan to take back my reading life, I started this this morning and plan on reading most, if not all, of it today. Review to post on Friday.
Simple Abundance and The Empowered Mama will take me the year to read. If you are not familiar with Simple Abundance (which, oddly, a surprising number of women are), it is a “day book of comfort and joy.” I don’t know how to explain it except that it is like the epitome of women’s self help. This will probably be the fourth or fifth time that I have read it and every time it brings new depth and meaning to my life. January is an introduction to the six principles of SA and already I feel myself altering. Empowered Mama is similar but it is a workbook organized by month. January is about focusing on me and committing to spending 10 minutes/day recharging. I’ve cleaned off my reading chair in my office and I have sat in it much more over the past week. I’m also taking a look at my values and figuring out how to build my life around them.
So, there you have it. Is it complicated? Yes! Do I give a fuck? NO! It’s MY reading life, after all, and I like the variety and depth it gives me. I like how reading is a part of my daily rounds. It is like my religion, you know. I’ve been saying that for years. The best part is that by next Monday there is a good possibility that I will be done with FOUR of these books. It just works out like that sometimes.
Always be reading, you guys, and I hope that reading is exactly how you want it to be!