this is a copy of a drawing my friend misha made that he claimed represented my soul
A few notes on what I’m reading lately:
Since I got laid off, I’ve been going through the some of the stages of grief- anger, denial, bargaining, depression- and am working up to acceptance. I’ve been numbing the pain with job applications, coffee, and a ton of books.
In brief, I loved re-reading a bunch of books I unpacked from my classroom. I finally started Pillars of the Earth, then dropped it in favor of a Sarah Dessen novel a good friend loaned me. I’m still working my way through the Isabel Dalhousie books, but am less enthused now that she’s (*SPOILER*) with her love interest. I’m almost done with Elder Leonid, and am still working my way slooooowly through Everyday Saints.
I’ve been depressed about politics, I’ve been finding new things to do in the city, and I’ve been seriously contemplating a move (looking at apartments next week!). I’ve also been working on a new blog that has nothing whatsoever to do with books, and I’ll tell you about it when it’s ready. Much more excitingly, I’m going to choir school in a week.
I just came across this list of top books for people in their twenties. I couldn’t bring myself to read Into the Wild, and some of the others look a little too self-helpy for my taste, but my twenties are a-wasting. What do you think?
Happy Friday, y’all.
A few months ago I alluded to a situation at work that I couldn’t discuss. The fact is, I’ve been too stressed about it to blog much since it first arose. It’s resolved now, and probably for the best. I’m not staying at The School next year- my position was redesigned and someone else was hired. I don’t have any definite plans yet, but you, dear readers, will know as soon as I do. The good news is that I’m paid through the summer, so I have some space to figure out what’s next.
And oh, I’ve had plenty of space to read.
I’m going to cheat a little and list only what I can remember from the last few months. I hope to be back on track for July… To compensate for the gloomy tone of this post I will include interesting pictures (mostly of myself) on the side. Would it be a real post without them anyway?
Daily spiritual reading-
- The Bible
- Elder Leonid of Optina, Fr. Clement Sederholm
my nephew and i look off towards a bright future
- A heck of a lot of the Hamish Macbeth series
- Many of the Isabel Dalhousie series
- Everyday Saints and Other Stories, Archimandrite Tikhon
- Look Me In the Eye, John Elder Robison
Work- (personal work, really)
- As It Is In Heaven, Arlene Hutton
- Wonder, RJ Palacio
super secret seventh grade code for notes
Books that have been on hold, but want to finish-
- The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (but I WILL finish it)
- War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
needy hippo loves you!
- Beauty for Ashes, Stephen R. Lloyd-Moffett
- Audrey, Wait!, Robin Benway (rerereread)
- Summerland, Elin Hilderbrand
- The Elite, Keira Cass
- Columbine, Dave Cullen
- Just One Day, Gayle Forman
- Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins
- The Starter Wife, Gigi Levangie Grazer (this was a HORRIBLE book)
Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-
- The Book of Revelation, Matt Dorff (looks so cool!)
Happy reading, folks!