Just Life

TGIF | Hello August.

this morning’s journal time … literally “dark early” again with sunrise at nearly 7am!

I love greeting my day from this spot … smiles from my favorite family (and those boys are not so little any more – Charlie started first grade yesterday and Sam is in Pre-K!), the warm, softly scented, glow of a candle, a cup of coffee, and my journal. off to the left, Holly is curled up in our white chair. overhead, the fan is whirring. and way off in the background, Marc is watching the final round(s) of the women’s Olympic golf match.

Hello to August from an early Friday morning (which somehow became a late afternoon).

Thinking about … easing into Fall. The shorter days, especially the darker mornings (which these past few days have also been cool enough to need an afghan), the back-to-school push … I’m not close to wanting a pumpkin-spiced anything, but I am starting to plan fall sweaters, looking forward to the fall birthday season (which kicks off for our little family in mid-September), and generally making peace with the season’s transition.

Grateful for … two good health reports. First, Holly had a Big Vet Appointment yesterday and she came through it with flying colors. She did lose two teeth in the process, but she still has enough to keep her tongue in her mouth. and if things continue to go well (we are now on a 53-night streak of sleep!), we won’t be seeing Dr. Keller again until early next year when it’s time for her annual vaccines. And, I played tennis last night – a just for fun match, that was a little frustrating for me and my partner (Sara) because I wasn’t aggressive about anything … but … I was out on the court and today I’m not any worse for it. Holly and I both have a ways to go, but it’s progress. and I’m sure that’s giving me energy around the season’s transition, too!

Inspired by … Novel Pairings’ podcast and bookclub (Jane Eyre is the September selection), a lovely conversation with Juliann that touched on Karen Swallow Prior, and Marcie Alvis-Walker’s Black Coffee with White Friends newsletter (from July 12), I ordered two new books. Y’all, I’m not sure I realized just how many pages Jane Eyre would be if the pages were high-quality and the print were legible. more than 700??!! I guess I’m also grateful we won’t be having bookclub until later in September.

Fun … I’ve talked (and talked and talked some more) about how much I love my reading journal. and (now) one of my favorite things is the paper copies of the book covers. It was a steep learning curve to figure out how to make them (if you are ever so inclined, please email me and I can make your learning curve a very flat line). This month, I feel like I have a pretty good handle on my TBR, so I printed and cut out all the coversThese are all books I plan to read this month – and I’m planning that the Jane Eyre brick at the right of that bottom row will be the only one “currently reading” by the end. Bookclub books are on the top row. and two “currently reading” books with my small group are on the bottom. and the really fun – or maybe really crazy? – thing is that I realized as I put all these covers together … I need some “fun” books, preferably on audio!, to balance things out. I would love a recommendation (or three!) – please share! extra credit if they’re backlist-ish and therefore available on Libby … double extra credit if they’re non-fiction (of course remember, they need to be fun!)

Hello August! what FUN do you want this month?

 

14 Comments

  • Bonny

    Two of my favorite fun books, both available in audio, but only one is nonfiction: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, and The Princess Bride by William Goldman. This one is audio, not nonfiction, but probably the most fun thing I’ve ever listened to: Cabin Pressure. It’s a BBC radio presentation in 5 seasons, featuring John Finnemore, Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, and Stephanie Cole. They are running a one-plane charter airline, and each episode is full of humor and all of the episodes fit together perfectly. I was so sorry to see it end, and would call it one of my best Audible purchases ever. Hope you find some fun in August!

  • Karen

    Fun for me in August is definitely family time–two weeks with Sarah and her family which start later today. I imagine “fun” non-fiction varies person by person, but two that I thoroughly enjoyed and read quickly (for me) were The Antropocene Reviewed” by John Green (essays on a whole range of topics–some just plain fun and other more serious and thoughtful–all enjoyable.) I have both the hard copy and the Audible and can recommend both. I’ve read all of them, and listened to some. Will revisit them again, I know. The other is House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister. I read a library copy and then ordered my own copy. Fascinating story of renovating a house with meditations on what makes a house a home.

  • Sarah

    Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorites and I have read it numerous times, but I don’t think I remember it being that long (but maybe it’s just because I’m so familiar with it?). Now that I’ve finished my first bingo card, I want to sit down with my second and figure out what I can use to fill some of the remaining squares. It would be great to fill the second card, but I think that’s likely to be a tall order because work is ramping up this month and then school will be starting at the end of it, so life is going to get busier.

  • Juliann

    I am more than a little nervous about that Jane Eyre I have in my stack. Big books are not my usual choice. I just got Psalm for the Wild Built from the library and the audio of Scent Keeper which sounds like a bit of a palette cleanser. I am also working on capturing my TBR lists from various places and getting them sorted out so they don’t overwhelm.

  • Debbie

    Jane Eyre is one of my all time favorite books! I first read it for a book report I think around 6th grade, I ordered it through Scholastic Books and re-read it many times until it fell apart. I most recently read it (a new copy) a few years ago and still love it. I don’t remember giving a thought to its length. I hope you enjoy it and can’t wait to hear what you think of it!
    I think a fun non-fiction book would vary person to person. Recently, I had fun reading Entangled Life ( a book about fungi), but not everyone would enjoy it like I did. I hope you can find something just right for you!

  • Lydia

    I’m still working towards clearing off the night stand, and hope to have 2 more squares marked off for Summer bingo before summer is GONE. I have Louise Penny’s latest Gamache book pre-ordered and Diana Gabaldon’s Tell the Bees I’m Gone [another thome I’m sure] that will be here in November [maybe]. Hopefully that’ll keep me occupied post-foot surgery.

  • kym

    Glad to hear both you and Holly are on the mend and getting back to favorite routines! That’s great news, Mary. ๐Ÿ™‚ As far as a recommendation for a fun, non-fiction, back-list . . . well. I’ve got nuthin’ today. But maybe a fun memoir would fill the bill? (I’m sure you’ll find something!)

  • Karen

    I am so happy to read that Holly is doing so well, I bet it eases your worries immensely. Yay! My reading is slowly coming back and I hope each week forward I have more space in my day for more reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kat

    Welcome August indeed! That is an incredible reading list for this month! Wow! (I have never read Jane Eyre…I know!)

    I am with Kym… I have nothing for a “fun read” this morning. But I think you got some very good suggestions!

  • Carolyn

    Nora Ephron? I’m listening to I Remember Nothing at the moment–a fast one, but light and fun after finishing up The God of Small Things on audio and Dream House in hard copy. Not so light, either one! (I’m listening to Ephron read her essys as my ‘free space’ for Bingo. Kind of a palette cleanser before moving in the the next read!)

  • Katie @ The Cozy Burrow

    I’m also shocked by how dark it’s gotten in the mornings… I no longer have any outside light while I’m meditating early in the morning!!

    Okay – fun books? Again – it’s really hard to recommend anything given that you’ve read EVERYTHING. But it doesn’t look like you’ve read Such a Fun Age – I listened to it on audio, there was no wait on Libby, and it was SO MUCH FUN.

    And a fun nonfiction book on my TBR is My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul. Here’s the Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31848296-my-life-with-bob?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=dLXMJ1tt2R&rank=1#

    I’ve had the paperback for a couple of years and it’s time for me to tackle it! I’m also trying to work in A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders. I’m not sure how fun it is, but it sounds intriguing!

  • Vera

    Glad you and Holly are both doing well.

    An “easy” non fiction read, but perfect for summer is “My Own Cape cod” or “Stillmeadow Sampler” both by gladys Taber – both memoirs of sorts and beachy (Cape Cod after all). Along similar lines would be “Cross Creek” by Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (of “The Yearling” fame). Another memoir.

  • Margene

    Nice to hear a good health report on you and Holly.
    I read Jane Eyre a couple of years ago (audio) and enjoyed every word. I loved the audio because it is such a big book and hard to hold. Tiny print is difficult (I’m getting an eye check tomorrow). In any case, it’s quite the book!
    The fun books I’ve read have been your recommendation. BUT, I just finished Still Life by Sarah Winman and (oh, my) I loved it so much! It is a book about life, many lives and they are so fun to follow. I loved every character. It doesn’t come out until November in the US, but put it at the top of your TBR for November.

  • Jane

    Your reading list is impressive. Jane Eyre is a classic that can be enjoyed in many ways at different ages. I reread it a few years ago and it felt like a new experience. I don’t have any good suggestions for audio listens but know you will find something interesting. I’m glad that you and Holly are doing so well.