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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…

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    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 | February.

    I added a whopping 13 books to my Read shelf (Goodreads link) last month! one 5-star, ten 4-star, and two 3-star. 2021 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for reading better! A few stats from February’s book journal summary page: nearly 75% (10/13) were words on a page – I’m finding that COVID life and all the podcasts doesn’t allow much time for listening to books. 38% (5/13) were borrowed and the rest were purchased – a definite improvement over January and probably about where I can hope to be given my library, the various book groups I belong to, and my preference for writing in books. (I…

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    Staying Warm.

    Same as y’all, it’s cold here today. Unlike many of y’all, though, this “Georgia cold” is not single or minus degrees. and thankfully, it didn’t come with snow. My standing Tuesday morning tennis match was cancelled yesterday morning; I’ve only ventured outside for about 15 minutes – two times, in my Uggs, to walk Holly. We’ve spent the rest of the day in this spacewith me alternating between the chair (for knitting and/or reading) and the desk (for getting some ToDo’s done). I finished two books yesterday, and two more today. and just a bit ago finished binding off the body on Jingle. I’m grateful to have a cozy space…

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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…

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    Reading Better in 2021.

    Hello friends and Happy Tuesday … and what I hope is going to be the downhill side of a holding-my-breath time*. Sharing about books and reading seems appropriate for today because books and reading have been the most pleasant distraction of these past days since Sara left**.  I should say books and reading and THINKING about books and reading! honestly, I overthought how I wanted to approach this year a LOT. and I’m going to spare y’all the craziness that was that thought process and simply share where I’ve ended up. Anyway 🙂 Anne Bogel shared a “new approach” to her annual Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge last month. It’s…

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    My Year of Books and Knitting.

    Yes, this is the fourth post in four days from me 🙂 with one last look back at 2020 … today, for books and knitting. First, the books. My 2020 reading totals were about the same as last year. I had a few more books and a few less average pages because I counted three short ones that I read with Charlie (The Dragons of Blueland trilogy) and Sally Rooney’s Mr. Salary (a brief 33 pages). The quality of what I read, based on my star ratings, was way up, though. I was a lot better about choosing books I’d love and quickly abandoning those that weren’t quite right for…

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    Stories.

    I sit here at 3:30 on a Friday afternoon and marvel that another weekend is upon us. I wonder if I’ll ever adjust to quaranTIME? I did manage to work my way through most of my to-do list this week (for the first time in a while … and my list even included some ugh things like getting my car’s emissions tested so I could renew the registration). and still, Georgia is in the news … thankfully not for a spike in COVID cases (which I’m honestly not sure I really believe … my life doesn’t look any different), but rather L-O-N-G voting lines. Two of my friends voted in…

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    Mid-October Weekending.

    Thanks to Hurricane Delta, our weekend was wet (thankfully just on the outside) and weirdly warm. We enjoyed our usual Friday night dinner (candles, wine, places set at the table, and a meal that requires a knife and fork) a little earlier than usual because Georgia Tech was on at 7pm. The game didn’t start out well and I bailed early for a book in bed. Imagine my surprise when I checked the score on Saturday morning and found out we’d won! I am not a fan of Friday night football games because they can spoil the weekend … well, unless your team wins 🙂 and that isn’t always a…

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    Queued.

    Hello my name is Mary and I have a serious problem with squirrels (like this). Case in point. I spent an HOUR in my journal this morning thinking about the knitting and reading I wanted to finish in the remaining 83 (!!!) days of 2020. I made two lists, one for knitting and one for reading. I wrote a few weeks back about holding my internal lists loosely-ish (the “ish” is key) as a form of self-care, and I thought this morning that sharing those are would be a way to add in some helpful accountability. Ten hours later the book list is still intact. Along the way, I also…