And I have been working this post for an entire week. It's labor intensive!
Anyway, here's the list of books I read in Feb and March with some commentary and/or quotes added in when I feel like it:
I heard of this book on NPR, I believe, and knew I had to read it. It was a great read and made me appreciate the letters I've saved even more. I love letters. I think that some of the most important people in my life are bonded to me through letters, most notably the 3 yrs of weekly letters that Zac and I wrote each other. And there are other people, too.
It is funny to me how much I cherish people's handwriting. I am as much attached to it as I am to their face. It is part of who they are. Part of what I associate with them. Part of what I love. I still ask Zac to hand write me notes now and then because it is an important part of our relationship, to me. And if you want to be my friend forever, just write me letters and I am yours. Especially nowadays when we are slaves to the convenience of electronic correspondence, I would treasure a handwritten letter over just about anything you could ever give me. So now you know. :)
4. The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin
If you read my Goodreads reviews, you already know that initially this book put me in a bad mood. All this pressure to be happy was just too much for me. hahaha. As I continued to read though, I was able to view it more in the light it was intended. That is, do whatever you want with it and make yourself happy. I actually have a lot of thoughts on some of the ideas she presented and I have toyed with the idea of posting some more along these lines.
One of the great quotes I wrote down was this:
"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing." - Yeats
I think that explains why some things that are really hard nevertheless bring us happiness. And why our relationships make us happy. So many things fall under that, actually. It's pretty all-encompassing. And it has helped me to reconsider the things I think bring me happiness by asking if it is helping me grow in some way. If I can say that it is, then I consider it a keeper.
So, perhaps I'll bring you more "happy thoughts" in the future. Perhaps (I have learned not to make promises when it comes to my blog content). :)
6. The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
7. The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
8. The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
9. Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson
10. Evidence: Poems - Mary Oliver
11. The Tale of Beatrix Potter - Margaret Lane
A lovely biography of one of my favorite authors.
12. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
13. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
14. For One More Day - Mitch Albom
A quick good read.
15. My Life in France - Julia Child
16. Julie and Julia - Julie Powell
17. Aspects of Love - David Garnett
18. The Small Rain - Madeleine L'Engle