Reading brings me joy.
I’ve been spending as much time as I can reading a wide variety of books, poems, articles and blogs. The holidays gave me some precious moments of quiet in between the moments of frantic activity, and I took as much advantage of this time as I could.
I enjoy reading randomly, jumping from book to book, starting one and then starting another, going back and forth without a real plan.
Friends of mine are probably feeling stressed just reading that line. The idea of reading part of a book and not finishing it, then starting another, makes them cringe. Not me. I often have multiple books waiting for me at one time. My moods change, and sometimes I want to read a lighthearted romance, but other days I need a heavy and dark philosophical tome to keep me grounded and secure.
I started with Barack Obama’s Reading List for 2018. I had read a few, had heard of a few, but was embarrassed that I did not know about many of those on the list. I immediately added as many as I could to my library reading list, put many on request, and started reading those that were available.
Next I moved on to a website I like to visit called Rowdy Kittens. I don’t remember when or why I started following Tammy’s posts, but her trip to Paris this year coincided with my own, and her photos were WAY better than mine! She deserves all of the credit for this blog post and any that may follow because I read many of her posts on blogging and decided it was worth giving it another try.
And then I stumbled on Brain Pickings, my new favorite site. I spent hours reading posts, especially her book recommendations, which led to a number of additional book requests from my library. Her writing is extraordinary, and I love her use of illustrations and images within her posts. I added many from her children’s book list to my shopping list for upcoming niece and nephew birthdays. If you need to feel grounded, go here right away. Intelligent and direct, wide-ranging topics and many links and references to keep you reading for as long as you have time - or longer!
I hope you find something you enjoy reading from this list. Now that I have rediscovered my joy of reading, I am thrilled that I also have a nice long list of items to choose from when I find an extra few minutes in my day.