I don't know about you, but I'm always "all ears" when good books are up for discussion, whether I'm chatting with a friend or just standing in the check-out line, overhearing bookworms. I'm an unabashed book-addict, usually in the middle of three or four books at a time. I think I'm going to create a bumper sticker that reads "I brake for bookstores."
Actually, I'm much more likely to get books from my local library, as I did with all of the following books. I "test-drive" books; it's only if I feel an uncontrollable urge to underline multiple passages in a library book that I'll go ahead and buy it.
Here's what I'm reading (and recommending) right now:
- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. I was on a loooooong waiting list for this best-selling book at the library and now it's finally my turn to read it! Fascinating stuff about how forests actually operate like a social network, with the trees helping each other grow and thrive, actually sensing when one needs help.
- In the Slender Margin by Eve Joseph. Beautifully written by an award-winning poet, this book is about the author's many years as a hospice worker and how she was led to the profession by the early death of her brother. (I'm a huge believer in hospice care--my father was in hospice for his last months.)
- Mortality by Christopher Hitchens. Oh, dear...my reading list seems a little on the morbid side this month, doesn't it? Well, I can't help it: Hitchens was a brilliant, witty writer. (This is the first book I've read of his, but he wrote for Vanity Fair for ages.)
- Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann. This is another book that's been on my To-Read list forever, written by a controversial photographer who delves into her family's history by cleaning out her attic. It reads like a novel.
- Flow magazine. Their tagline is "Celebrating Creativity, Imperfection, and Life's Little Pleasures." I can't get enough of this Dutch magazine and just bought a bunch of back issues that I'd missed. So inspiring!
Happy Weekend to you, friends--and happy reading!
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