On Reading: A Way to Get Away

These are some of the books in our guest room…

On Reading: A Way to Get Away

And these are some of the books on the other side of our guest room…

On Reading: A Way to Get Away

And these are some of the books in the living room…

On Reading: A Way to Get Away

And I’ll spare you pics of the various Bibles scattered throughout the house.

I think you get the idea: we LOVE to read.  I have a thousand different reasons for picking up any particular book at a particular time.  Right now, I find myself turning to novels for good, old-fashioned escapism (please see yesterday’s shout-out to Harry Potter).  A good book can temporarily mute the incessant, internal monologue in my mind.  It can simultaneously settle my thoughts and lift my spirits.

Despite my love for books, I don’t read them nearly as frequently as I’d like. In all likelihood, I (sadly) spent more time in 2016 watching Netflix or scrolling Facebook than reading books.  My goal for 2017 is to read, at least, 1 book a month, and, in hopes of holding myself somewhat accountable, I’m establishing a book club of sorts here on the blog.  I’ll let you know what I’m reading each month and, if you find yourself in need of a new book, you can read along.

For January, I’m taking on Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  After hearing good things about the Gilead series on an archived episode of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, I decided to give the first volume a go.  It is, according to Amazon, “an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America’s heart.”  History!?!  Religion!?! Politics!?!  Family!?!  Count me in!!!

I plan on reading the book over the next month, and I hope we can all share our reflections on Tuesday, February 14th.  Until then, if you need me, I’ll be skipping out on the real world, snuggled up with my new novel and a glass of red wine. Happy Reading!  

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