Even though it may not look like it here on the blog, I’m taking a little offline break as of today. I’ve prewritten all my posts for the next month, and I’ll be checking comments, Twitter, and Facebook only every few days. I did this last summer, and it was glorious.
So I’m doing it again, because I find that my writing is much better when I take a regular break. Summer is the best time for me, so… yeah. I’m taking a little break.
This doesn’t mean I’m doing nothing, of course. I have some specific goals for my break (finishing a quilt, working on a Blogging Basics course, writing a book proposal…), but one of my absolute favorite things to do during downtime is read. As in books. They still make them, did you know?
Here’s my summer reading list. I’d love to hear yours.
by Donald Miller
You know from the past few posts that I’ve already read this, and I absolutely loved it. It’s given me so much to think about, and I turned the last page encouraged, inspired, and wishing there was more to read. A must. He has a great blog, too. From the description on Amazon:
“Two movie producers contacted him about creating a film out of his life, but Miller’s initial enthusiasm was dampened when they concluded that his real life needed doctoring lest it be too directionless for the screen. Real stories, he learned, require characters who suffer and overcome.”
by Kathleen Norris
Enough of you told me I’d love this book, so I’ll go ahead and read it. I’ve heard of the writer in other books I enjoyed, so I’ll take your word on it. From the Amazon description:
“Norris details her relationship with acedia, a slothful, soul-weary indifference long recognized by monastics. Norris is careful to distinguish acedia from its cousin, depression, noting that acedia is a failure of the will and can be dispelled by embracing faith and life, whereas depression is not a choice and often requires medical treatment. This is tricky ground, but Norris treads gingerly, reserving her acerbic crankiness for a section where she convincingly argues that despite Americans’ apparently unslothful lives, acedia is the undiagnosed neurasthenia of our busy age.”
As a delightful surprise, one of the results from one of my local book signings was meeting a reader who turned into a friend. She invited me to a book club, where I knew no one. I started attending, and quickly enjoyed reading books knowing I’d have people to talk about them with. This was June’s book, and sadly, I was unable to read it during our moving chaos. I almost never read novels, let alone Young Adult books. Here’s part of the Amazon description:
“Henry Lee is a 12-year-old Chinese boy who falls in love with Keiko Okabe, a 12-year-old Japanese girl, while they are scholarship students at a prestigious private school in World War II Seattle. Henry hides the relationship from his parents, who would disown him if they knew he had a Japanese friend.”
I admit that I honestly don’t know much about this book, other than it sounds intriguing. As a total surprise to me, lately I’ve been really into business, management, and marketing books. Who knew? They’re great. From the description:
“Johansson… argues that innovations occur when people see beyond their expertise and approach situations actively, with an eye toward putting available materials together in new combinations. Because of ions, ‘the movement of people, the convergence of science, and the leap of computation,’ a wide range of materials available for new, recontextualized uses is becoming a norm rather than an exception, much as the Medici family of Renaissance Italy’s patronage helped develop European arts and culture.”
So this is what’s on my Kindle for the summer. I also have grand ambitions to read about a dozen more, such as Forgotten God, The Greater Journey, and A Praying Life… but I’ll be realistic here.
I’d love to hear what’s on your literary nightstand, digital and otherwise. What should I add to my fall reading list?