Books. I love them.
I love the space they call me into of slower and quieter and more attentive.
I love the settings they call me into - sitting outside as dusk creeps in, curled up on the couch with a blanket when the rest of the world is sleeping, and with coffee in the wee morning hours.
I read to learn, I read to be mesmerized, I read to expand my imagination, I read to improve my own writing, I read even to listen to the coarse sound as my fingers slide back and forth on one single page before turning it. And I read as a way to practice not getting distracted, training my mind to stay on the task at hand.
I don't tend toward any specific genre - like many aspects of life, whimsical spontaneity is the only compass; whatever my current interests and desires pull me toward. I've spent a winter altogether enraptured in Philip Pullman's Dark Materials and I've had my mind, judgment, and compassion forever changed by Johnathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind.
Lately, my husband has been enduring an odd work schedule for a few weeks, resulting in me spending many evenings alone.
As I sat reading (and obviously getting distracted) recently, I thought that maybe some of you would be interested to browse my bookshelves. Personally, I love thumbing through other people's bookshelves - understanding what someone reads is, I think, such a great window into who a person is.
So, I figured it was only right that I create a Bookshelf here on this space. A place where I can share books I've enjoyed in the past and what I'm currently reading.
I also created it as a way to get recommendations from others - my hope is that you'll see the topics and stories I gravitate toward and be able to point me in the direction of something that might tickle my fancy. And hopefully sharing the books I enjoy will offer the same to you!
Who knows - maybe eventually a book club of sorts can form? Please let me know in the comments below if you're interested in something like that.
Just click below to head over to the library. There's hot tea waiting, dim lighting, empty recliners, and I promise to be quiet ;)
See you there...
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My husband and I left the rat race and moved to the Washington wilderness to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. You can follow our journey here!
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