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!
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.
Also, Atticus Lishhas won the prestigious Pen/Faulkner Prize for his first novel “Preparation for the Next Life.” This book was published by a small independent press, Tyrant Books. Mr. Lish expresses his disbelief in winning the award in a New York Times article.
Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life by Evan Hughes
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers’ Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955 edited by Margaret Thomas Buchholz
The Story of Cinema by David Shipman
The Illustrated Brontes of Haworth by Brian Wilks
The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to Great Britain and Ireland edited by Dorothy Eagle and Hilary Carnell
Some of these books I have read before (McCullers, Knowles, Sinclair) but not for a long time. The Oxford Guide I have wanted for awhile, and the Illustrated Brontes is interesting because I own the DVD of the British series of the same name, and the Brontes are a fascinating family.
I am sorry that I have not been posting on this blog but I have been going through some very difficult times lately.
My mother died. We were very close. In the last few years she did suffer from dementia, so I did have some time to prepare for her death, but it is still very hard.
I have found it difficult to find motivation for blogging. Lately I have found myself mostly reading lighthearted romance novels, but they are not the kind of books that I want to review. I just needed an escape.
Of course, then I feel guilty because I am not reviewing books!
I have also struggled with SAD — Seasonal Affective Disorder. This winter has been just miserable, and it affected me very negatively. If it wasn’t for my husband, I don’t know what I would have done.
Now that the spring is here, I have begun writing again, and I have also begun reading more difficult literature lately.
I also have struggled to find a direction for this blog. I really do hope to write some book reviews soon, and I will also write about freelance writing. I am a writer in addition to being a great reader, and I want to write about both – writing and books.
Right now, I am currently reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on my Kindle.
I am also attempting to read some of the books I started within the past year but never finished, because I was distracted by certain events.
I was away from book blogging for awhile because the past few months have indeed been very busy. Someone I knew was getting married so I attended an engagement party/“surprise” bridal shower /and posh wedding.
I also knew two different people who died on the same day. So there were wakes/viewings/and funerals to attend.
My husband and I spent some time in Pennsylvania visiting my step-daughter and her husband.
I also have been writing a book that I hope to upload on Kindle during the next year, and I am writing essays and querying magazine article ideas.
I am frantically writing some book reviews.
Of course, I am also preparing for Christmas.
I visited a book sale yesterday and these are some of the books I scored (you can see them in the top photo):
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Consequences by Penelope Lively
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
I’m looking forward to reading all of them!
This post is in response to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a book meme posted on Sheila’s Book Journey.