Monday, July 23, 2012
Slow Down and Savor
Join me on my writing journey each week as I post to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by Stacy and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers.
Some of my fellow bloggers have pointed out the importance of living in the moment. As August looms around the corner, it's easy to get caught up in the frenzy of back-to-school planning. I intend to continue a favorite practice of reading on the deck as a reminder to slow down and savor the precious days of summer.
When I read book reviews, I immediately request the book from the library. I collect tall stacks of books for my reading pleasure, and when I finish a book, it's time to determine which book will be chosen next. One of my saddest tasks is returning unread books to the library. But since I'm not one of those folks who can read a book a day, I am often required to return unread books (can't renew them when other patrons have placed holds on them). When discussing books not chosen, I've been known to comment, "I checked out that book once, caressed it and wanted to read it, but had to return it!"
Here are the books that have I've been lucky to slow down and savor on the deck this summer:
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate - Great novel-in-verse
What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau - I loved the author's descriptions, especially her emphasis on the sense of smell.
Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani - Letters written between two pen pals
Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder - Can a magic bread box ease Rebecca's pain?
The unBEElievables by Douglas Florian - Fabulous picture book of poetry with snippets of nonfiction
Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham - I absolutely loved this one and I'm hopeful for a sequel. Ludelphia lingers in my heart!
An interesting connection is that the first three books all deal with immigrants to the United States!
And I've finished two adult books:
South of Superior by Ellen Airgood - I love books set in small towns, plus lots of new learning about Lake Superior!
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean - A book club choice, don't bother