When I was a kid I always looked forward to summer and endless reading. I would read all day long and I often read a book in a day. Nancy Drew Mysteries were my favorite but I was also known to pick up my mother’s HUGE Gothic romance novels and read them while she was at work.
I remember she used to get mad at me because I was constantly letting her bookmark fall out and losing her place. Oops!
Even when she MADE me go outside “Go out and blow some of the stink off”, she would say (I HATED that phrase) I would often sneak a book out with me and find some cool spot under, or in (because I was also a bit of a tomboy), a tree to read.
So far this summer I’m well on my way to finishing my third book.
The first one was American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I’m the kind of person who believes that there is truth in every religion or philosophy and I also have a life-long curiosity about past and present gods and the people who worshiped them. But this book isn’t really about all of that. Not really.
There is a lot going on in the book, many minor plots mixed in with the main one, ideas, concepts, fantasy, horror, and mystery. It’s one I think I will have to read again sometime in order to make more sense of.
I also read And I Shall Have Some Peace There by Margaret Roach. I remember seeing Margaret on the Martha Stewart show (back when we still paid for cable) and loving her personality. I remember when she left Martha Stewart world and moved to rural New York State. I didn’t blame her one bit. I wouldn’t have lasted a week in NYC with MS. But then I’m a special kind of weird.
Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this book. It resonated with me as Margaret launched her reinvention (like the one I’m working on here – only different) and wrote about what it was like for her. I don’t know her in real life but I think I would like her immensely.
And because I liked that book so much I have started The Backyard Parables also by Margaret Roach.
I love her “wo0-w00” isms. I love that she can derive life and spiritual lessons from every day occurrences. I try to but I’m not nearly as observant as Margaret. I’m about a third of the way through the book now and looking forward to reading the rest.
Maybe, if nothing else, I will learn to be more observant from Margaret.
What are you reading this summer? Do you create a reading list or do you just read things as they come to you like I do?
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