WOW! I feel like I struck a chord with all of you! I am thrilled that we can connect on another subject – reading! And like so many of you, I was taught you could read or sew after your work was finished. No more of that! I’m going to carve out some time out of every day to just sit down and read.
I also just read before bed but I find that sometimes as I’m getting sleepy I don’t retain what I’ve read. Dang! So I have to read it again the next night. Good grief! No wonder it takes me so long to finish a book.
So many good books on the list so far! Thanks to all of you for your comments ….and your continued support!
I love your blog. You’re a talented writer. I forgot to say my books author of Watership Down is Richard Adams
Hi Mary! I love the book club idea! You know I like to sew- just not quilt! Ha! I am totally enjoying your blog! Jill F
Jill Finch – I love hearing from you and so glad you’ll be part of the book club! Hey, Everybody, Jill is my cousin who lives in CA. Our mothers were sisters and her mom, Blanche, lives in assisted living just 7 miles from here.
Try getting your books on cd from your local library or upload on your phone Or iPad to Libby appt then you are free to listen and Sew at the same time! Win win fun times!!!
love the book club idea. in fact i read an article today about ‘the thirteenth tale’ by diane sutterfield as a book to read in the fall. i personally thought the book was great. gave to a friend who ‘didn’t get it’ which surprised me. but i’m throwing it out there for all of you. patti in florida
Patti Leal – makes you feel like a heal, doesn’t it, when you recommend a book and your friend hates it. Been there, done that.
I would like to be part of the online book club!
Penny Ericksen -I’m so glad to hear from you! Are you still on North Shore? Send me an email and catch me up with your life! firstname.lastname@example.org
I think each person has her own ideas of what books she likes and that’s great. I used to finish every book I started. Now if I don’t like one, I just stop reading and pick up another. I taught English for 30 years and started reading young so I have lots of books I love. I also have a Little Free Library my husband built that I have adult and kid books. This list will be great to help me pick books for that AND for me to read. Thanks, thanks, Mary:)
Diane in Ohio – honestly I purchase most of my books because I don’t like to feel like I’m on a schedule as with a library book. If I have spent money on the book I will generally make myself finish it but I also pick up books at the thrift store and if I don’t like it I move on. All books end up back at the thrift store – I have such a list of those I want to read!
Mary are you able to attach a file to your blog? Like a PDF? I wouldn’t mind typing it up for you and sending you the file to upload…just let me know…former Media Specialist and LOVE books.
Kristie Michalowski – I’m not sure but I’ll find out. Write to me at marye @ncn.net so I don’t lose track of you. You’ll laugh when I say this but…..I think Reed can help me. Haha! Thanks so much for the offer to help – I could use it!
Setting aside time to read. We did that several years before I retired at my school. We started the day with a twenty minute reading period. It seemed to settle some students down so they were ready for class and that feeling lasted through the day. Non readers became readers because, although they were made to read, they got to choose a book of their choice, not like other school reading assignments. Had one student who was even reading between classes in the hall. His mom said that before we started the reading program, he would not pick up a book to just read for pleasure. And I got to read!
Judy – I’ll bet you were a great teacher! What a great idea to start the day!
One year in elementary, 4th or 5th grade, our teacher read a chapter book after the noon lunch and recess. I thought it was wonderful. I still enjoy reading over 50+ years later. Library where I live is wonderful. We have interlibrary loans, ebooks, and audiobooks all available through my local library. I can request from home and also renew from home using their website. I know I am spoiled now, but I paid my dues with poorly funded MWR military libraries stateside and overseas for a few years before internet days.
Always searching and enjoying a good book! Especially love biographies and historical books, this sounds fun and interesting, would love to hear of others good reads! Can’t be without a book, or several to read, back and forth between them sometimes.
Gloria Burk – thanks for chiming in! I think this group of readers will inspire all of us!
Reading = Relaxing. Love it.
I saw the comment about letting the students read before the day started. Great idea. When I was in 6th grade we had a large, rowdy class. If we got our work done then our English teacher would read to us the last 15 minutes. She had a wonderful voice. Worked like a charm. If we got to business – she read. If we didn’t – then class the entire time. Didn’t take too long to figure it out.
Yes to information on book club. Love your posts. Just like a note from a friend.
I read in bed every night until I am sleepy. Like Mary, I may have to reread the last page or so in the morning when I am getting ready for the day. I read lots of books this way, reserving time in the day for quilting and other things. I used to watch TV until 10 or 11. Not anymore. 9 PM and I am off to bed and a good book. I used to make myself finish them, but that has changed. There are way too many really good ones to waste time with the ones I am not liking.
I love the idea of a recommended reading list by women who are in my age category and who sound to be a lot like me in other ways.
Yeah for us and for Mary to make this happen.
Sue in Oregon – I have quit watching the news especially at 10 pm because our local channel has moved out of the area and simply doesn’t apply to our area anymore, weather especially, so I, too, go to my bedroom and read.
Love the though of the reading list. I enjoy mystery. I enjoyed reading the Ken Follrct series, so interesting, also enjoy books by Kathy Herman
Looking forward to recommendations! I can’t imagine a day without reading! I’ll read the cereal box if I must.
Sounds like a good idea. Sounds like fun.