Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What I'm reading (or checking out at least!)



There's almost nothing better on an autumn evening than curling up next to the fire or snuggling under the covers with a good book.  I like to read a whole lot.  Growing up I remember my mom making us go outside to play first, because all my sisters and I wanted to do was read.  Fast forward to my teaching years where I learned to read quick as a necessity to having 28 students in class and so many delightful fourth-grade papers to read.  These two things combined means if I get into a book, I really get into it and can finish in just a few days.

All that to say, I do tend to go in little spells where I'll read more often than others.  Summer almost never finds me with a fiction book because the greatest stories unearthed are found in the garden during the long summer evenings, not between the pages.  But there's a stillness, a slowness if you will, that finds itself showing up in the rhythms of our days during autumn and winter.  We choose this for we have always seen this season as one to rest.  The girls and I are very frequent library go-ers and we always check out the max limit they'll allow.  I say life's too short for only checking out one book.  I like to read fiction, historical fiction, cookbooks, art books, and more.  Here's a look at my stack one week.  I can tell you for sure, I was surprised by almost every book in this pile! 

All the Light We Cannot See I bought with birthday money because I heard it was just fabulous.  It is a much slower kind of read than I'm used to so the verdict is still out.

We Never Asked for Wings I read because I loved the author's first book, the Language of Flowers.  This second book had some things I didn't like at all in it and some things I did.  

Jewel's book caught me by surprise.  This gal has had a hard, hard life and yet it seems she has found her way to the other side with grace and kindness and such talent and hard work. 

Some books (like Kitchens of the Great Midwest) sound so great but then I get into them and a few too many curse words and a wife/mom who is completely unhappy make me say "no thanks." 

And then of course, I always have a few decorating books and children's books thrown in too, just for me.   

Here are some books on my current wish list I'm hoping to read soon! Have you read any of these?
(we're not vegan, this is just my favorite food blogger's first book!)
6.) Big Magic
(as always, no affiliation links here!)

Of course, being a "talker", my favorite thing to do is talk with others about what they're reading!  My favorite people in real-life to discuss this with are my grandparents, they are always reading something interesting! How about you?  What are you reading/wanting to read? 
I'd love to hear! 




4 comments:

  1. Keep going on All the Light We Cannot See, it's really good. Also if it makes you more interested in war stories, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is another good one.

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  2. Hi Sara,
    I love to read too. One of the most recent books I read was "West with the Night" by Beryl Markham. It is a memoire written by the first woman to fly over the Atlantic solo from east to west (Amelia Earhart flew from west to east). I really knew nothing about the life of this woman (which I later learned was full of drama and scandal) other than what I read on a review of the book discussing it as a memoire about her life growing up in Africa.

    It is an incredibly well written book. I mean...incredible! As I was reading it and I kept thinking, "Wow! This author can write!" It wasn't until I started "googling" Beryl Markham to learn more about the author that I discovered the drama surrounding an accusation that she was not the actual author of the book, etc. etc. I don't know about all of that "stuff", but I can tell you the book (whoever wrote it) was incredibly well written. Definitely a good read in my opinion.
    Susan

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  3. i
    I love a good book stack and yours has given me a few ideas to add to mine.

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  4. I loved For the Love, and I will be curious what your thoughts are on this book. As I read it, I was nodding my head "YES," and thinking, "where were these words 10-15 years ago?! Which then makes me wonder if the me from 10-15 years ago would have been able to really listen to her message. Not sure. Let me know what you think. I'm going to go look into The Year of Cosy. That sounds like my kind of story. :) Happy reading!

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