One of the things I love most about G’s dad, Owen, is his love of reading. He always has a book going and when he is not out fishing, or fixing something in our house, or making a run to the dump with G (all things that happened this morning) he is on the couch engrossed in a book (he loves thrillers and mysteries). I think he must go through a book a week.
When I see him reading, I feel like it gives me permission to curl up with my own book for awhile. And I just love that.
As I child, I was an avid reader, but reading wasn’t encouraged. When my mother “caught” me reading, she would yell about all the stuff I should be doing instead: cleaning my room, washing the dishes, vacuuming, mowing the lawn.
Reading was goofing off, being idle, doing nothing. So I had to fit my reading in at night or when she wasn’t around.
(My mother was an idiot. Clearly.)
My daughter is a reader. So is my son-in-law. If I give them a Powell’s gift card for their birthdays, they are in heaven.
These days I see more people messing on computers or phones than reading books. When I mention the books I am reading, no one tells me about the books they are reading. I just have to assume that they don’t have a book going. It’s okay I guess, but I really miss talking about books.
I should start a book group. I have seriously thought about it. It would be have to be a group that likes to read the same kind of stuff I do, though, which is mainly non-fiction about finding your passion, peak performance, the search for self, navigating uncertainties, developing focus, and inspired leadership.
I should really do that. Put something out on Facebook. See who responds. In the fall, maybe.
When summer comes though, I like to take a break from all the non-fiction and lose myself in novels. So I am asking for some recommendations. What should I read this summer? No junky fiction, please. Last summer I read The Goldfinch, The Bees, and The Signature of All Things. I am looking for fiction of that ilk. Great fiction. The new Haruki Murakami isn’t coming out until August, so I need something NOW.
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Have you read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson? I liked it very much and will probably re-read it now … and later, I’ll start her newest novel, which revisits many of the characters.
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Thank you, Zee! I just ordered it! Em recommended it, too. She can’t comment here because she lost her password, but the others she recommended were: All the Light We Cannot See, And the Mountains Echoed, and Euphoria. (I ordered them too!) I am looking forward to a very “read-y” summer!
The Valley of Amazement-Amy Tan. Love. I WOULD JOIN BOOK CLUB!!!!! Just sayin’…
Just ordered it! Thanks, NIkki!
I would love to be part of your book group.
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