I have always been a voracious reader.  My mom attributes it to her having more time to read to me when I was a wee thing before my sister came into our lives.  In any case, it’s always been a nightly ritual to read a few pages before I go to sleep every evening (My poor husband.  He’s had to learn to fall asleep with the dim glow of my lamp lighting up half the room…and yet he never once has complained.  Love him.).

I heard once that there was a man (I forget his name) who wrote down the title of every book he ever read for something like forty or fifty years.  When he died, his family found these incredible lists of everything his mind had consumed.  Hoarder status?  Maybe.  But something about that is incredible to me.  It would be so interesting to look back over your life and see how your tastes changed, how some years you read more or less, and to remember old favorites long forgotten.  Seeing as I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night, I’ve been keeping the same kind of list (digitally.  that negates the hoarder status, right?).  I often have people asking me if I’ve read anything good lately, so, along with my little list, I thought I’d post anything good that I enjoy here.

Marcus Of Umbria | tinyinklings.comMarcus of Umbria by Justine van der Leun

“Then she flew up to me, screeching to a halt, and she pushed her soft chest into my chest and rested her head on my shoulder, panting in my ear, as the sun disappeared completely.  The Crucianis had their circle, the one into which Emanuelle was born.  With Marcus, I felt I had at least the beginning of something just as meaningful – something that was mine, the beginning point of a circle.”

The Graveyard Book | tinyinklings.comThe Graveyard Book by Niel Gaiman

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

The Five People You Meet In Heaven |

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

“Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy.  But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”

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by Kayla on 01/27/2014

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january reading list |
I’ve been spending a lot of my free time enjoying some good books this winter. Some days there really is nothing better than sitting with a cozy blanket in a warm house, with a hot cup of tea and diving into a good book. If all of this happens to include being completely draped with wiener dogs, well, I would expect nothing less in my house. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more, so I’ve been actually keeping track of my reading list on my iPhone notepad. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from last month and a few that I’ve got stacked up and waiting for me for February.

Side note: I don’t use an e-reader, so all the links I’m including are to actual paper books. Something about the weight of a book in my hand, the sound of the pages turning, and the smell of actual paper…I’m hard pressed to give them up. And I really like supporting my local library, plus that frees up my pennies to buy really important stuff…like shoes.

february reading list |

January picks:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

February picks:

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
This Cake is For The Party by Sarah Selecky

P.S. Which one of these doesn’t belong? It may seem like Killing Lincoln is the odd duck here, but I really love interesting historical novels and the like.  I actually listen to a great podcast everyday on my commute called Stuff You Missed In History Class. It’s really fantastic, sort of like an audio book with interesting stories and anecdotes. I would highly recommend it if you are at all interested in history. My all time favorite is this two-part series on H. H. Holmes and the mysteries of Murder Castle (this episode series was from January 2012.  Sort episodes by release date and scroll down until you find it.  If you like macabre tales of mystery and murder, I promise, it’s worth it!).


by Kayla on 02/06/2013