Musing Mondays (April 13th)

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Who, in your life, are you best able to share your love of reading with?

Answer: I used to share my love of reading with my mother, but she passed away last year. We shared a deep loving of reading and would read the same books at times (not always!) and discuss them thoroughly.

I also used to talk about books with my mother-in-law, but she really can’t read books anymore. My husband doesn’t read the same books I do, nor is he as obsessed with reading.

That is one of the reasons I started a book blog: to share my love of books. However, I really want to be able to discuss books face-to-face, too! I now intend to join at least one book club in my area. I can’t wait!

Celebrate Drop Everything and Read Day!

Today is Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.)!

Why was April 12th chosen for this honor? It is because Beverly Cleary, possibly the most beloved writer in America, was born on April 12, 1916.

Beverly Cleary turns 99 years old today!

Cleary first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. She was inspired by some schools celebrating reading during the month of April. Since she wrote about it in that book, it has become a nationwide movement to celebrate it on her birthday.

Here she is in 2006 when she was a mere 90 years old! 

Even though today is the official day, the celebration is meant to last for the entire month of April. 

Now we can have an excuse to not clean the house, not go to the mall, and not watch television. 

We can read! 

You can read more about it here.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Right now I’m reading so many books! I have books in every room and I’ll pick one up, read it for awhile, then put it down and read another. Here is my current list:

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter. Because I love cats and libraries.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan. I love dogs, too.

An Innocent, A Broad by Ann Leary. An American gives birth to her son in England.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. A classic coming-of-age novel.

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller. Growing up in a dysfunctional family (is there any other kind?)

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey.

I Always Find Time to Read

Right now I’m reading several books: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, a biography of Patricia Highsmith, Punching In by Alex Frankel, and several books on writing for magazines. I just love to read.

Right now I don’t know if I’m going to be laid off from my day job. I’m severely stressed from worrying. I won’t find out until early March if my job is going to be part-time or if I will get a severance package. I come home crying from the stress. Reading helps me to relax and get away from my troubles. I’d love to read every book in the world!

J.D. Salinger 1919-2010

J. D. Salinger has died. The famously reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye and many short stories was 91.

Salinger started publishing in The New Yorker at an early stage of his year. They eventually published 7 short stories. Catcher in the Rye, published in 1951, brought him fame and the kind of attention he grew to hate, although it made Holden Caulfield into an iconic literary creation (Holden had actually appeared earlier in a short story). While not as mysterious at Thomas Pynchon (who is he?!) Salinger retreated to the countryside of New Hampshire to try to lead a simple life.

Salinger apparently continued to write throughout his life, but simply stopped publishing his work after the 1960s. There is ongoing speculation about whether of this work will ever be published.

I always had written nonfiction because I thought that I couldn’t write fiction. It was frustrating. I couldn’t come up with ideas, of if I did, I couldn’t come up with interesting plots. I knew I was a talented writer, but why couldn’t I write fiction? Did I have no imagination? But I knew that wasn’t true. Journalism and essays came easily to me. My literature and journalism professors always told me I was gifted. Writing nonfiction was the one thing that I could do well. But I also wanted to write fiction.A few years ago, I re-read Salinger’s Nine Stories. I had read it before, but this time it was an epiphany. I read each story carefully, and really thought about it. Suddenly, I was brimming over with ideas of stories of my own. I started scribbling them down, but I could couldn’t write quickly enough. It was a real breakthrough. I have no idea if they are any good, but I keep on writing them. What joy!

Rest in Peace, Mr. Salinger.