• Books,  Knitting

    How to Savor a Book.

    I mentioned in my last Reading Better post that I had been devouring books, reading many of them in a day or two. and I continued that pace into this month. The combination of good books, bad weather, still staying home more than not … I’ve been reading more than just about anything else. Saturday was a perfect case in point. I finished a book on Friday afternoon and had mostly caught up on podcasts by that morning. Marc was playing golf (Sara was in New York!) and I planned to spend some alone time on the porch with Unsettled Ground. I brought my knitting and Nothing to See Here…

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    Book Bingo | Mid-June.

    I know it’s Monday evening – which probably doesn’t count for “weekend” even if you’re retired – but turns out getting my thoughts together around what I wanted to share about books and reading took longer than I expected. Also, I spent several hours with that pretty fabric, more than that with a few books, and I played tennis (yes, it was a most delightful weekend!) I have no photos to share from all that other delightful stuff, but here’s what my desk looked like yesterday morning.That pile of books to the left is library books I’ve read this month. I also had two audio books and a kindle book…

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    Reading Better | May.

    I added another 15 books to my Read shelf last month, bringing my YTD total to 69 (Goodreads link) – whoa! I felt like I devoured many of these titles – with the exception of Gifts of Imperfection, which I savored over months – finishing most in one, two, or three days. The pace of summer reading started a little early for me, I guess. Here are a few more stats from May’s book journal summary page: two-thirds (10/15) were words on a page. nearly two-thirds – 60% (9/15) – were borrowed, one I owned, and five were purchased (three of them “new”, and two of them “used” or “on…

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    Book Bingo Begins!

    That’s right friends, yesterday marked the official beginning of Summer 2021 Book Bingo! I love reading all the time, but there is something about summer reading that feels particularly enjoyable. Carole posted last week about her love of reading, and she shared these words “to use a food analogy, books don’t all have to be filet mignon, sometimes you need a cheeseburger and fries.” l commented that I think of summer reading as ice cream and a special bottle of wine … books that are pure treats, and maybe ones I’ve been saving to really savor and enjoy. Summer reading means porch time, piles of library books, and occasionally, abandoning…

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    Reading Better | April.

    Whoa, buck up friends, this is a LONG one … I don’t post all that often, and sometimes, the post I want to share is just … long! I added another 14 books to my Read shelf (Goodreads link) last month, bringing my YTD total to 54 (this is a pace I can’t imagine I’ll keep up … and yet?) It was another month of great quality – four 5-star, five 4-1/2-star, four 4-star, and one 3-star. Here are a few more stats from April’s book journal summary page: a little less than 60% (8/14) were words on a page. again, nearly two-thirds – 64% (9/14) – were borrowed, one…

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    Summer 2021 Book Bingo!

    Yes indeed – the Book Bingo cards are LIVE and ready to go! Many thanks to all of you who offered up suggestions for the categories and special thanks to Carole for her feedback and testing. If you click on “Summer 2021 Book Bingo” (on the header menu) you’ll get whisked to a page that includes a link to the card generator and all the “rules”. We are getting back to our Summer Bingo roots this year. Books you finish between the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day count for a square. We don’t get to start until May 29, but we have until September 6 to finish…

  • Books,  Just Life

    TGIF | T-2 hours.

    … until Marc and I get our second shots. I haven’t knitted a stitch today (so far), nor have I even thought about getting a hand knit near a dryer. Instead, I’ve been reading and planning more reading, and browsing Instagram for half-square-triangle quilt ideas. Depending on how long it takes me to post this, I also might try for a nap. …so yeah, today does feel a little weird 😉 and hopefully a solid TGIF post will right things! Thinking about … a potential new volunteer opportunity. With my four-year term leading our church’s Women’s Ministry coming to an end, I have some space. A friend texted me just…

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    Reading Better | March.

    I added another 17 books to my Read shelf (Goodreads link) last month. It was a great month for quantity and quality – four 5-star, four 4-1/2-star, eight 4-star, and one 3-star. Close readers might note that the “4-1/2 star” category is a new one. Five stars is a really tough grading system. I rarely even finish something that doesn’t merit at least three …  so most of my books are gonna land in four star territory. I still want a way to differentiate between “I loved it” and “I REALLY loved it, but it wasn’t as AMAZING as …”, so … 4-1/2 stars. Here are a few more stats…

  • Books,  Just Life

    TGIF | Still March.

    Here’s a quick look into my world right now, though the lens of: Thinking about … time. I just read (in my ears, with kudos to Ethan Hawke’s fantastic narration) Slaughterhouse-Five. I’ve somehow managed to miss reading this classic and I’m grateful to Novel Pairings podcast for putting it in my path right now. There’s a lot going on in this short novel, and much of it is dark and depressing. but the idea that time isn’t linear – that’s a limitation of our three-dimensional minds – has always fascinated me. I encountered this in a spiritual sense a few years ago through one of Krista Tippett’s On Being podcasts…

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    Reading Better | January 2021.

    Still playing around with how I’m going to share what I’m reading this year. (and honestly, based on how that photo above came together, I expect it might be a several months-long work in progress.) I added ten books to my Read shelf last month. That top shelf shows my three (3!!!) 5-star books – and the next two shelves show the remaining seven books, all 4-stars. In terms of the reading intentions I set for this year, I had slightly more mixed results: Connection – 7 Growth – 4 Diversity – 4 Delight – 10 Most of the books ticked multiple boxes. On Such a Full Sea, Sula, and Apeirogon…