What I’m Reading

Ah, yes, reading. I love reading. But then, I think you already knew that. I have been trying to make a little more time for it lately. I’m behind on my Goodreads pledge for the year. I promised myself that I’d read 52 books, and so far I have finished only 25. At a book a week, I am twelve books behind. Oops!

The good news is that I am still in the middle of five, so I’m not quite as far off as I thought, but still…

readingLately I’ve finished listening to
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. Have you read it? It was what I listened to on my morning walks, so it took me a little longer than planned to get through it. Also, I might have accidentally gone back several chapters by forgetting to lock my screen once or twice. But, if you’ve not yet gotten it, I highly recommend it. If nothing more, it will help you understand the difference between introversion and extroversion, and what is valuable about either. For me, it helped make clear a lot of things I don’t always understand about people. Ms. Cain also explains why and when extroversion became the ideal personality type. Fascinating stuff!

I believe that, at heart, I am an introvert, but I’ve learned to be an extrovert much of the time because it’s easier to get along in the world. This book made me question a lot of that, though. So not only did it help me have a better understanding of others, it made me took a good look at my own behaviors. That’s never a bad thing.

I also finished The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton. Ms. Morton’s books are fiction, but they are hefty and rich. I think I’ve now read them all, but will be watching for others in future.

Otherwise, I am now reading The Wheel of Fortune by Susan Howatch (withholding judgment) until I’m further along, listening to The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (another war story, but I am only a couple of chapters in and may have walked a bit farther today just to hear more). Ms. Hannah’s description of place is quite good. As I walked along my own country road, I was quite able to envision Viann’s surroundings in the Loire Valley. I suspect this book is going to be a heartbreaker.

Hoping for a rainy weekend to tackle these!
Hoping for a rainy weekend to tackle these!

Another couple of books came in yesterday’s mail. One that was hard to resist is by Rick Bragg (surprise). It’s his book, Jerry Lee Lewis. I am eager to immerse myself in it, along with the others Mr. Bragg has written that have been waiting in my TBR pile (The Prince of Frogtown, Ava’s Man, and The Most They Ever Had). I suspect that, once I dive into that pile, I won’t come back up until I’ve finished them all. I am praying for a rainy weekend on which I need to go nowhere nor do anything. That probably won’t happen, but I do need to wait until I don’t have two million things on my to-do list. One million things might be okay…

In any event, I suspect I spend more time looking for books, reading Goodreads reviews, and buying books than actually reading, but I’m trying! I might think about finding a couple of really short books, just to get caught up. Just kidding. Sort of.

How about you? What are you reading? Anything that just knocked your socks off? Something that made you think? Leave me a note. I am always looking for good books to read (even though my list grows daily). Have you read anything you wouldn’t both with if you’d known how it turned out? Let me know! Nobody wants to waste time with lousy books.

  • Chloe

    Dear Lori, I am loving your love of books!! I have been without any for such a long time now that I’m not sure quite where to begin now I have space for them… I grew up with a constantly expanding pile of secondhand books with me in all my various homes and would always be reading three or four at a time. Now I don’t have access to English charity shops I’m a little bereft. I have bought a few Kindle copies but even that’s quite expensive! Quiet looks like a good one to start with though 🙂 xxx

    • Lori East

      I do love books, Chloe. I’ve been without mine from time to time too, and It’s hard to be without them! You do know that almost all of the classics are free for Kindle, right? Mine is always loaded up with tons of those, but I have a hard time resisting ANY books.

      Quiet was eye-opening for me in a lot of ways. Hope it is for you too!

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