I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions this year (although I have a sort of belated one I thought of last week after seeing Louis C.K. to do to at least one cultural activity — see standup, a play, a band, etc. — every month), but I instead made a few “goals,” which are almost the same things as resolutions but, like, with less chance to feel shitty if I fail. Anyway, one of my goals was to get back into reading books, which is something that I basically stopped doing last year after reading less and less since Jackson was born 3+ years ago. It’s just that, with a small child underfoot who is not in school full-time yet and who is still in my care every afternoon, I don’t really ever have time during the day to read, and, by evening, I am so tired that a magazine or newspaper article or two is about all I have the time and energy for before I pass out. And since I don’t commute on the subway like most urban-dwellers (I do commute a lot, but mostly by foot), I miss out on that valuable reading time. Anyhow, enough with the excuses. This is the year I get back to reading books, even if it’s just one or two short-ish ones a month.
In an effort to keep on track, I thought it would be fun to start a new open thread series where we share what books we’re currently reading (kinda like this forum thread, which is packed with great book recommendations). Requiring less commitment than the DW book club of yore, I hope this little series will inspire you to read more and look forward to discussing your books with each other.
This month I’m reading a Ann Lamott’s newest book, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, which is a collection of essays in which Lamott shares stories of hope, forgiveness, faith, family, and community. I like collections of essays because I can read an entire essay or two in one sitting and then maybe not pick up the book again for a few days and without feeling like I have to re-read previous pages to recall crucial details of the narrative. Plus, I just like essays — especially ones write by Lamott, or anyone with an uplifting, inspiring, or funny voice.
I’m just about done with this book and I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. Maybe you have some suggestions? What are you reading or have you read recently?