whatcha reading?


Today is National Read A Book Day…the idea is to seclude yourself in some comfy place with a great book to read…it’s been raining here all day…all the more reason and incentive to steal away and read! But, alas, I’ve been sorting through papers, trying to put some semblance of order into my daily life…and yes, the siren  song of a good book* or two or three calls to me…

On Labor Day, I finished Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. Excellent! I actually read it via my ears – narrated by the author – listening as I took my daily walks. A great traveling companion and I was sorry to have it end. I wound up ordering a print version because I do want to reread plus the author includes many cross references, footnotes, etc.

As Kathy and Laura will confirm, I am not a fiction reader…but I am slowly reacquainting myself with the genre. I especially like the audio book:  I can listen as I am stitching or knitting or driving to quilt meetings – about a 45 min ride, one way, depending on the traffic.  One of my words for 2017 is peace. I’m doing all that I can to make sure it exists in my life. I don’t listen to the radio in my car – haven’t since the day after the election…trying to remove as much negativity from my life as possible – which is especially hard since I live in the Nation’s capital!  .

There are some perks living in Washington DC. – quiet as it’s kept. One is the National Book Festival, presented by the Library of Congress. It is free, features easily 50-60 authors for readers of all ages – even little ones in their parents’ arms or strollers. This year’s was this past Saturday and a great way to spend another very rainy day. I attended the conversation with Scott Turow; he talked about his newest thriller: Testimony, published in June. I’ve added it to my queue tho’ it’s going to be a while before I get to it. I started Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series – the 13th title was just published Aug 29!  Everyone advises that the books be read in order – I’m only on # 3: The Cruelest Month – I imagine her 14th will be published by the time I finish the first twelve…but hey, I’m in no rush.

I would like to plop on the bed and read a chapter or two but I’ve a few more items on today’s task list to complete…Later though!

What are you reading?


This entry was written by Honoré and published on September 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm. It’s filed under Autumn, Books, Holidays, one little word. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “whatcha reading?

  1. I loved that book! So beautiful!

  2. I think so too! Thanks for your comment.

  3. This was an excellent book; I read it in ’14 so details not as fresh as they could be but I noted it as a ‘keeper’. I’ll add the audio to my wish list. Just finished The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (spans WWI & II) about female spies. Well written. I’m reading a memoir by Nina Riggs of her life and death with cancer, The Bright Hour; she is the great great great grand daughter of Emerson; her writing is gorgeous. Just started The Women of the Castle women in WWII…do you note a theme here? Oh, and on roadtrip I’m listening to the hilarious Australian writer Liane Moriarty: Big Little Lies.

  4. I think Women of the Castle is my next audio read…it’s on the list. A road trip is a great way to get a lot of reading done! Drive safely and enjoy!

  5. kmgraybeal on said:

    I’m having a run on a little YA fiction at the moment…currently? Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28962906-stalking-jack-the-ripper

    Just finished Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Blech. Concept of exploring the life of Alice’s evil Queen of Hearts before she was evil was intriguing. But, blech. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584855-heartless?from_search=true

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