Life in the Slow Lane

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A Second Reading — August 26, 2019

A Second Reading

Last week as we watched TV, perhaps preseason football, an ad for a new movie popped up. The movie is an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize (2014) winning novel, The GoldfinchAs I watched the trailer, for some reason I thought I had not read The Goldfinch. 

After the game finished, I quickly went to find a copy of The Goldfinch at one of our local libraries. I requested it and downloaded it to my Kindle. Noting that it was quite lengthy, I began reading it right away. It wasn’t until the next day as I read a particular scene that I realized I had read this book before.

This one particular scene, rich in detail and emotion, stood out. My recall sent me to my Goodreads account, and sure enough, The Goldfinch is listed among my read books. Usually, I check Goodreads and Amazon before going to buy or check out a book. But not this time.

At that moment, I decided I wanted to read The Goldfinch again. I am, and I am enjoying it more than I did the first time. Do you ever read a book a second time, or maybe a third? There is a lot to be gained from a second reading. Here are a few salient points on this topic:

  • Revisiting a book or article is a good way to remember it. Perhaps using a notecard system like the one Ryan Holiday describes or the one Cal Newton describes in this post. Or you may have a different and better system of your own.
  • You’ll read things the second time you missed the first time. Quotes you missed the first time. Another page you want to dog-ear. Here’s where the notetaking systems come in handy. After all, we don’t want to keep revisiting the same books.
  • Listen to the audiobook version, if available. Hearing the words, and perhaps hearing them more than once, will likely create the desire to take action.

If you read it and hear it, you’re much more likely to take action on it.
~~ Zig Ziglar

  • Have you ever attended a conference? Do you remember the high the conference experience gave you? The motivation and inspiration you received last a few days, and in the different environment of your home, the high is lost. This is where revisiting a book, article, audiotape of an interview or talk makes the impact of lasting benefit.

That’s all for today. I’ve got a full schedule waiting for me—I’ve still got 530 pages of The Goldfinch to read.


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Summer Reading Ends…For Now — August 12, 2019

Summer Reading Ends…For Now

In my last post, I dedicated a week to catch up on my TBR pile. And maybe I’d add a second week. Both weeks were still not enough to shorten my reading stack. But I did get a lot of reading done.

Prior to my reading staycation, I had checked out Tracy Chevalier‘s The Last Runaway from my local library. I decided to finish it before I started anything on my TBR pile. It was worth the time finishing it and avoiding a late fee!

Among those books read from my TBR pile is Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker. You can read my review here and here. This is a must-read in my opinion.

Next, I read Marian Beaman‘s memoir, Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl. A review will be posted soon on Goodreads, and here as soon as the memoir is published.

A Portland publisher offered ARCs of This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story, a memoir by Jackie Shannon Hollis. I was fortunate enough to receive one and read it during my summer reading R&R. Once given the OK I’ll be posting a review here, Goodreads, and Amazon.

I also started a new book from Karen Eisenbrey, Wizard Girl (Daughter of Magic Book 2). Karen is a talented writer and musician. I’ll review her book on Goodreads and Amazon when I’ve finished reading it.

Sprinkled throughout my two reading weeks were some other books. They included:

And there’s always room for a writing book or two, such as:

Happy reading!

Summer Reading — July 26, 2019

Summer Reading

I have made a spur of the moment, joyous, and lovely decision!

Beginning tomorrow, I am taking at least next week to do nothing other than reading some books that are piling higher and higher by the day. In fact, I may get brave and take the next week to do the same.

Here’s what’s waiting for me:

If our weather stays as nice as it is, you may find me on the back porch swing with a glass of iced tea and a couple of kitties.

See you in a page-turning while!

The Library Book by Susan Orlean | Review — October 9, 2018
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