Spring Reading List

My reading motivation changes with the seasons.

January: I am motivated and determined to read all the books.

March: I’m not sure I like to read. I’m too busy taking kids to the doctor to deal with the flu and ear infections. Also, the sun isn’t shining and I want to stay in bed.

Spring: I remember I love to read!

Spring is here and I have more books stacked in piles than I will ever have time to finish before I must return them to the library. Balance is a problem. There is no happy medium. I’m unconcerned at the moment.

We spent some time at the beach recently. In my world beach time=book time. It was lovely. See?

After polling my friends, I requested too many books from the library. (Note to self: renew books today to avoid fines)

I read these two during our time at the beach:

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words Or Less. – by Terry Ryan

I requested this book blindly. What can I say? I trust the recommendations of my friends! This is a memoir of growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s. The backdrop of this story is how the author’s mother helped support their family by entering contests. It was delightful.

A Fall Of Marigolds – by Susan Meissner

This books follows a modern and historical timeline set in New York. 1911 and 2011. Both timelines are impacted by tragedy: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the fall of the World Trade Center. The story lines are tied together by  a beautiful scarf. I wasn’t sure how it would end, but I enjoyed it anyway.

Other books I’ve read recently and enjoyed:

A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live– by Emily P. Freeman

I adore Emily’s writing. I wrote down so many quotes from this book.

“What if you desire to do a particular thing because God created you a particular way, not to tease you or to make you miserable, but to actually mold you into becoming more like him for his glory and the benefit of others?”

If this sounds interesting to you, you need to read this book!

All The Pretty Things- by Edie Wadsworth

Another memoir. This is from the summary on Amazon:

“I don’t know how old I was the night the trailer burned down, or if the rumor was true that Daddy was the one who set it on fire.”

For a long time, Edie thought she had escaped. It started in an Appalachian trailer park, where a young girl dreamed of becoming a doctor. But every day, Edie woke up to her reality:a poverty-stricken world full of alcohol and violence, where getting out seemed impossible.

Currently Reading:

On Writing– by Stephen King
Hillbilly Elegy– by JD Vance
What are you reading these days? I would love to hear from you!
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