I was just checking out my list of books that I am supposedly reading on the ole sidebar. And, I see I need to change these out. To be honest, I have been reading the same books for months without getting very far. It seems every time I sit down long enough to read anything, I start to fall asleep. Hmmm . . . I am hoping to remedy this over the Christmas holiday.
But what happened to those books I have on the sidebar?
1. Keeping the World Away This is a book by Margaret Forster that I picked up from the library. I thought I would enjoy it because I had really liked Forster’s novel, Lady’s Maid, a fictional biograpy of the maid of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I guess the possible story of painter Gwen John did not have a strong enough appeal to me since I had never heard of her until I picked up this book. So when the 2-week loan period at the library ended, this book went back to the library shelf.
2. Parenting Today’s Adolescent I am still trying to read this one, but I guess I’ve been too busy trying to parent my own adolescent to spend much time reading about it.
3. The Solace of Leaving Early This is another book I picked up at the library because I read and enjoyed another work by the same author. Haven Kimmel wrote A Girl Named Zippy, which is a quirky, funny memoir about the author’s upbringing in rural Indiana. It is one of my favorite books. Solace is well-written, and it has elements of Kimmel’s voice, but it is much darker. So once again, when thw 2 week loan period was over, I returned Solace to the library. But I like Haven Kimmel enough to give it another try . . . maybe very soon.
In the next couple days I’ll change out my reading list with what I am really reading. Until then, maybe some of my cast offs will appeal to you, and you can convince me to read them.