I have a reading problem. I can never read just one book at a time. This disorder began when I first started reading chapter books, say age 25. No actually, when I was 7, I would carry around a stack of books – Little House on the Prairie, Stuart Little, Ramona the Pest – and read a bit of them each at a time. While I no longer carry around a stack, I am always in the middle of a few books at once. Usually one non-fiction, one fiction and one related to running/triathlons/training or spiritual growth.
Here are some titles I’ve read recently or am currently reading:
I am getting ready to start this book, so can’t give it a personal thumbs up/down. Ken just finished it and found it inspiring and interesting. It is an account of six non-elite individuals training to complete the ultimate of endurance events, the Ironman.
The worn copy I have of this book is from 1955 and was handed down to me. This “journal” type book is timeless and offers simple words of wisdom on marriage, love, solitude and finding happiness.
I’ve long been a fan of Kristin Armstrong’s blog on Runners World. I think she is a gifted writer who uses running as a gateway to discussing other topics such as parenting, friendships, gratitude, stress and taking risks. A great book to have on your bedside table or to give to a runner friend.
I love reading books about other cultures, and I’ve always had a particular fascination with India. This book also involves another of my passions – adoption. It compares Indian and American cultures while giving insight into the emotional depth of motherhood and the undying bonds between parents and their children.
I just started this book and cannot put it down. It takes place in both present day Minnesota and World War II Germany. It is a story of one woman’s experience during the war, but also delves into the lasting effects of trauma and how it impacts interpersonal relationships.
This was a tough book to get through. Very graphic at times. I was drawn to this story because I could not understand how it was possible for a victim of a kidnapping to be held captive and never discovered for 18 years, especially when probation officers visited the kidnapper’s home over 50 times. I was also fascinated by the intense, dysfunctional and confusing relationship that a victim can develop with his/her perpetrator/abductor.
I have just started working in the field of international adoption. This book is an informative and eye opening read about the process of adopting from China. The author also discusses the complex historical issues that have led to girls being considered dispensable in China and why so many baby girls are abandoned each year.
Read any good books lately? I never have a hard time finding good stuff, mostly because I take recommendations from other people. So pass along your favorites. I want to read Steve Jobs soon. Anyone read it?
Are you a member of a book club? I used to be for several years. I got tired of feeling obligated to read a certain book each month, so I took a break.
Do you usually read more than one book at a time? I usually have two.
Would you rather watch television or read? I love my TV, especially when I’m tired. For me, it can be the ultimate mindless escape. But, reading challenges my mind and I am never happier than when I have a hot bath, a cup of tea and a book I can't put down.