When I was a kid, I almost always had my nose in a book. My mom would have to force me to stop reading to go outside and play sometimes. Same through my teenage and college years. Then I had kids, and reading a book that wasn’t Dr. Seuss suddenly became a luxury. There was probably a full decade where I might not have read more than one or two new books a year. That makes me sad.
Now that all my kids can read to themselves, AND they’re all in full day school, my reading time has come back to me. I missed it. And I feel like I’m trying to make up for lost time!
The list of books I want to read is ludicrously long and I add to it faster than I cross items off, but that will never change. The list will never stop growing. That’s good with me.
Right now I’m reading Names for the Sea by Sarah Moss — it’s about an English family that moved to Iceland and the culture shock that comes with moving to a new country. I can relate.
Next on my list is A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman. She’s a British MP and a strong feminist. I’m excited to get into this one. I feel like it’s going to be motivational.
I just re-read 1984 by George Orwell a few weeks ago, although once I finished it, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever read the whole thing before. I’ve certainly read excerpts but the ending did not ring a bell to me, so maybe I’d never read the whole book. While it wasn’t exactly uplifting, I felt like it was certainly relevant to the times we’re living in. Yikes.
I’ve also got Night by Elie Wiesel sitting on my coffee table waiting to be read. I had the privilege of taking a class he taught at Boston University when I was in college, and he was a remarkable man. Looking forward to this one, though I know it will be a heavy read.
I’ve taped a list of books I want to the fridge and told Matt and the kids that’s all I want for gifts this year for birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc.
What are you reading? What do you recommend — let me know what else I need to add to the list!
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