I’ve been participating in the October Memoir and Backstory Challenge hosted by Jane Anne McLachlan. The idea is to write a post per day in October that covers that day’s age. Here’s what I have so far:
Ages 0 – 1: Baby Speed Eater
Age 2: Two Tales
Age 3: Curls
Age 4: Most Magical Christmas
Age 5: Kindergarten
Age 6: Places
Age 7: Mental Health in 1969
I still managed to participate in Weekend Cooking with one of my favorite fall recipes — Applesauce Bread baked in the bread machine: Applesauce Bread — Weekend Cooking. And, of course, we had Readers’ Workouts on Tuesday: Readers’ Workouts — October 2. Join us for another episode tomorrow! I also slipped in a book review for a book I completed a couple of weeks ago: Book Review: Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd.
I started Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts in August but interrupted it to read Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd. I finally finished Chasing Fire when I needed something relaxing and easy this week. Reading books about writing makes me pickier about things like putting in a character’s mouth a point that the author wants to make, but that only happened three or four times in Chasing Fire so I tolerated it. Otherwise, an exciting book about a topic that I’ve always been curious about — fighting forest fires.
I started and finished How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston. I’m going to miss our book club’s discussion of it this month, but I didn’t want to miss the funniest book we’ve read yet. I’m sad, though, that I’ll miss the discussion because I was intrigued by the way the humor opened me up to really feel some things that had been a more intellectual exercise before. I’ll work up a review.
I’ve started a graphic novel of King Lear in preparation for reading the real thing soon, William Shakespeare’s King Lear: a graphic novel by Gareth Hinds. I’m still working through The Story of England by Christopher Hibbert and I’ve started The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl by Shauna Reid. I have Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear on my phone — a much better choice than the too long and too serious book that I tried most recently.
I’ll read the “King Lear” section of Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb and, then, take a deep breath, and read the actual play.
It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Be sure to check out her post today to see her selections and the list of links to all the other participating bloggers.