Taking a break this week from #traveltuesday to talk about a different kind of escape. One that doesn’t cost nearly as much and yet takes you to entirely new places…reading!
Confession time: never have I ever had so many books in-progress at one time.
Seriously. I am self-diagnosing with Seasonal Distracted Reading Disorder (Which, yes, is completely made-up. By me. But it is real problem in my world right now!). Who have I become? I used to pride myself in sticking with one book from cover to cover before moving on to another. Never starting a new book without finishing the last. Never “cheating” on my reads. Who is this person with 5 half-begun books on her bookshelf?
With this self-diagnosis confirmed by the state of my nightstand, I also self-prescribe this task of reviewing each of the books to re-inspire myself to finish them. Because it is not that they’re not good books (woah double-negative.) They ARE good books. I have no excuse for putting them aside. Let the treatment begin:
First, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Yup. Fairly predictable that this would be in my stack, and definitely worth picking up again. Started this one for book club, got 2/3 of the way done before it was time to rotate. Partly because it is slow – in the sense that, I wanted to pause and consider certain passages. This isn’t the type of book to breeze through. Everything tells me that I should finish the last bit now that its returned to my bookshelf, but I also want to start over to reinforce the good bits from the beginning. What do you think?
(and the next Book Club selection that needs to begin soon: Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute.)
On the lighter side, Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr. Picked this one up for our travels to France since it is about the evolution of French cooking through some of the greats (Julia Child!). Thought I’d read it while traveling through Provence, but then I got busy traveling instead of reading. I did manage to start a few bits on the French Riviera’s pebbly beaches, and I see this developing in a lovely way…
Another book intended for our trip to France was Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland. My, I was ambitious about my reading goals for that trip! This one by a favorite author, Susan Vreeland, whose book Clara and Mr. Tiffany I reviewed here. The Luncheon is a historical fiction is about Renior’s famous painting. I started reading it on a recent weekend trip since it was softcover and easier to bring along. Plus I wanted a light novel for a summer weekend rather than a business book. Now I don’t know whether to finish this or jump back to Provence…
And last but not least, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This is one of the books that Mom and I decided to read together, as we tend to have pretty similar taste in books. She is the one that taught me to read, after all! Mom is eager to watch the movie that came out last year, and so this book has been waiting patiently….
Clearly I have plenty of quality reads to fill my free time in these last lazy days of summer! Now I just have to hit the pause button to actually find the time…
Tell me, what book should I review in more detail here once I’ve finished reading?
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