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:
- Shawn Smucker’s Light from Distant Stars and The Edge of Over There
- Karen Eisenbrey’s Wizard Girl;
- This Particular Happiness by Jackie Shannon Hollis;
- Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir by Annette Gendler; and
- I’ll be finishing The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.
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!
I’ve been taking the time to read more this summer too! Just finished The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim next up The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott, and then Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. Jumping Over Shadows looks intriguing!
Christina, sounds like you’ve been reading some good books. I’ve added The Enchanted April and The Daring Ladies of Lowell to my list of books I want to read. I hope you enjoy Lisa Genova’s Inside the O’Briens. I did, and I’ve read some of her others as well. She’s a good writer and manages to bring a lay person an understanding of the neurological side of these patients. Let me know what you think of the O’Briens when you’ve finished. Thanks for sharing!
The Enchanted April audible version that I listened to was really enchanting, while The Darling Ladies is something of a guilty pleasure. Inside the O’Briens will be something very different. I’m especially intrigued to read it because I have a genetic, progressive motor neuron disease, through nothing quite so terrifying as Huntington’s.
Oh, Sherrey, that sounds wonderful. Enjoy every page-turning moment!
Kathy, I do hope you find a time soon to just lay back and do something you really want to do for yourself. It’s the best dose of medicine around!
That sounds wonderful—just what the doctor ordered. Thank you for the reminder!
May your tribe increase, Sherrey!
I’ve read Shawn Smucker’s newest book, Light from Distant Stars, a very unusual novel. Now I have two books on my nightstand; Mrs. Bridge by Evan Connell (recommended by Anne Lamott) and Karen Russell’s Orange World (short stories).
Because of the book launch business, I’ve gotten way behind on reading Guideposts and The New Yorker; the magazines just pile up.
You are in a happy place now, Sherrey, and I hope you can re-create the easy-sway-swing-iced tea-kitty ritual many pleasant days next week.
Expect a book from me in about a week. 🙂
I don’t know about increasing the tribe, Marian, but I do know I want something from this summer that is my choice of something vacation-like. This is it! I haven’t read either of the books on your nightstand. I’d better check them out.
What you’re working your way through in book publishing business is what’s holding me back from publishing. And after this long almost four-year journey through injury, pain, solution finding, and surgery/recovery, I really don’t think I want to give up anymore of my life, even to my book.
In a very happy place for the next few days at least, and I’ll be watching the post for your book. I can’t wait!
What a great idea, Sherrey! 🙂 Enjoy!
After being unable to do many of the things I enjoy this summer, I decided there must be something I could do that would feel like a vacation. Since I can’t travel yet, this is what I came up with. Mentioned it to my husband in passing and got a thumbs up. So, here I go! I will enjoy!
Follow-up from Marian: No rush on reading my book. I admire your stay-cation and may follow suit soon.
Yes, I know I’ll resist telling people glibly, “You should write a book!” I don’t regret doing it, but I think it’s an individual decision, and if it’s not for you right now, that’s just fine. Your posts are drawing in readers, and you deserve some time to just enjoy yourself after years of pain.
You and I both know reading is the best escape, a vacation for the mind. 🙂
Marian, your words have brought tears to my eyes. The compassion and grace I feel in your message is so comforting and affirming. Thank you from the bottom of my writing heart!
GIVE ME THE SLOW LANE ANY DAY, LOVE THE SITE, CHINA
Thanks, China! You’re welcome in the slow lane any day you choose.
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