Reading. It seems like I always make these huge reading plans and then I don’t actually get anywhere close to meeting them. It is funny because I go through these moments where I devour all the words I possibly can then all of the sudden I want nothing to do with books. I go through these cycles. First it is all the books, then I can’t read any more words so I move on to listening to them-bring on the podcasts and audio books. And then finally I am done with that and I binge watch through several seasons of “Worst Cooks in America” or “Iron Chef” (My addiction to all things cooking competition shows is a topic for another day.) Currently I am in my “read all the things phase” again.
I will say that I think my reading cycle is my favorite because I know it’s the one that is probably the best for me. Listening to podcasts and audio books isn’t awful either but I learn so much more when I am the one reading, even when I am reading what I fondly call “brain candy.” I blame this cycle on all my years of being in school. I would have to devour all the books while taking classes not necessarily because I wanted to be reading them but because I had to do so for the assignments or grades or whatever the requirements were for the classes. During the shorter week long breaks like Fall Break, Thanksgiving, or Spring Break I would fall into my “binge watch all the food shows” cycles. It’s a good thing this phase of the cycle is short. Lastly, I find myself during the Christmas break and the beginning of Summer break in the “listen to the podcasts and audiobook” phase.
I am currently entering into my reading all the books phase and I am looking forward to hopefully pacing well through my reading list. So what is on my reading list, you might ask. That is a very good question.
Here is what I have going so far:
The Dragon’s Apprentice
This is the 5th book in the “Here, There Be Dragons” series I started back in September of last year. I have actually had this book in my possession since just before the shut downs happened. Thankfully the public library is not charging fines during the time that they have been closed, however, they will be opening back up in some capacity soon so I will have to get it finished and returned, so I am on a bit of a time crunch on that one.
This is a book that I was asked to ready by Dusty. It is focused on church replanting and has a lot to do with what we are dealing with in regards to the church we are pastoring here in Alamogordo. I started reading it back at the beginning of the year but stopped short of finishing it. Shouldn’t take too long to get to the end.
The Hidden Staircase-Nancy Drew Book 2
, so I added this one to the list because although I have read it multiple times throughout my life I am currently in the process of reading it aloud to the kids at night. We just finished reading the first book in the Nancy Drew series earlier in the week. I gave them the option to read a different story or move on to book 2 and they all chose this one so here we are.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride.
I LOVE The Princess Bride. It is hands down my absolute favorite movie. A few years ago for Christmas Dusty bought this book for me and I have yet to read it. For one reason or another I just haven’t gotten around to getting it read. This summer will be the time I get it read.
The Dragons of Winter
This is book 6 of the “Here, There Be Dragons” series. I put it down at the bottom of the list because I don’t really want to buy it so I am hoping that the public library will work out some sort of plan for us to be able to check books out. Unfortunately, this one is not in e-book format or I would be set. So once I get to this one if I need to look into buying it some how then I will.
Blink and Tipping Point
These books were written by Malcolm Gladwell. I happen to be taking a Masterclass via Masterclass.com that is taught by Malcolm Gladwell. I have read a few articles he has written but I haven’t read any of his books so I figured since I am taking his class I should probably read what he has to say. So far I have enjoyed the class even though I am finding that it doesn’t completely pertain to the things and style I like to write.
Okay, so that is all that is on my list currently. It is not all that long of a list and for me that is unusual. However, I am always looking for great recommendations. So if you have any book recommendations, fiction and nonfiction, that you think I should look into in the near future please let me know. I love getting book recommendations and being able to see what all is out there.
I am really hoping that the public library opens up for checking out books again soon. Ideally, I would be able to go in and browse until I find what jumps out of me but for the moment I may have to live with looking for things online and placing them on hold for pick-up. All the more reason to know what I am looking for.
There you have it. Those are my reading plans for the summer months. I am hoping I get through this list and am able to search out and acquire more than what I have listed here. What are you reading this summer?? Let me know!