Finally! That 31-day-long Monday I call January is over. Although we’ve enjoyed a very mild winter in this neck of the woods, the shorter daylight hours tend to get to me. As I often do, I went on a reading binge to protect my sanity.
I started with a self-help book of sorts. Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson is about learning to listen to God.
Next came A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle. I had recently reread A Wrinkle in Time and thought I’d try some of L’Engle’s non-fiction. In this journal, the author brings up some interesting questions and topics, but the stream-of-consciousness style dragged for me. I preferred A Wrinkle in Time.
I took the advice of a friend and finally read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Whew! It took me a couple of weeks to read, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and learning a bit about the building of the great cathedrals of Europe.
Saving Capitalism: For the Many not the Few by Robert Reich is a book that’s been on the shelf at home for some time. I’d been putting it off because my husband started it and got so angry he couldn’t finish. Reich discusses why the middle class in the U.S has declined and how those with money have the power to make economic rules that benefit them and leave everyone else in the dust. The more I read, the angrier I became, but I managed to finish. This would be a good read for someone who wants to understand the brokenness of our system.
By the last week of January, I was ready for a lighter read. The Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard fit the bill. Leonard’s memoir tells of an epic road trip in two RVs with his elderly parents, three of his adult children and his daughter-in-law. There were several poignant moments, but there was also humor. I chuckled with every page.
Now it’s on to February’s reading. My personal rule is to read borrowed books first. I have several. We also took in a book sale this morning at the local library. I should be busy for a while.
Happy Free-Reading Friday!