It’s Thursday already, the weekend’s coming!I have just finished another book, upping me to nine for the year. This one was Wherever there is Light, by Peter Golden. The cover copy says it is, “…a sweeping, panoramic tale of twentieth-century America, chronicling the decades-long love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave.” And that’s true. But it’s more. It details much of life in the U.S. and Paris through World War II, the struggles of a young black woman finding her creative voice, and a young Jewish man finding himself. The narrative describing Kendall learning to be a photographer was fascinating. Julian, running from his past, was heartbreaking. I really enjoyed it. Be forewarned, though, there is quite a bit of sex and language in this one, so if that offends, steer clear.
I also read The Art of Persistence, by Michal Stawicki. This book takes just a few short hours to read and is a great reminder if you need a little help being consistent in your goals. I have a hard time doing the small things that add up to big things. It’s far easier, to my mind, to tackle big jobs all at once, or as a friend of mine has kindly reminded me, “…to go at it like you’re killing snakes.” So it was helpful to me to remember that all the seemingly insignificant things we do day-to-day add up. I’m learning, slowly but surely.
I am still listening to Amelia Peabody #2, but haven’t gotten far since I haven’t been in the workroom much. I’m hoping to make amends there in the next few days. I do enjoy these books, though. Amelia sounds like such a prig, and the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, has the perfect voice and inflection to play that up. I can’t help but laugh. There are at least twenty in this series available on Audible. I’m not sure I will ever make it through all of them, but they are fun nonetheless. No-stress listening can be a good friend.
Next up are San Miguel, by T.C. Boyle (whose work I think I’ve read before, although I can’t recall a title), and Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman. These are the last two of the three I bought from Alabama Booksmith a few weeks back. (Wherever there is Light was the first.) These three have been on top of my TBR pile on my nightstand for weeks. It will be good to whittle the pile down…so I can add more books to it.
Another that I will be watching for is The Women in the Castle, due out in March on Audible.
I could easily share a very The fact is, there are just too many books to read in a lifetime. Nonetheless, I’ll continue to do my part.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the blocks I’m working on. I think you’re going to like them!
What are you reading this week?