Thanks to my “books to read in 2014-ish” Pinterest board, the last month was full of purposefully chosen reads. With Hubs back in classes, I’ve been spending many evenings by the fire with Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie, and more recently, J.K. Rowling.
I’m pretty sure my life is the better for it.
My latest reading epiphany is that unless the subject matter is completely gripping, I should read non-fiction during the day (when I’m at my sharpest) and save fiction for evenings (when I’m completely exhausted).
I’ve tabled so many headier non-fiction books because I tried to start them at 9pm. On the other hand, a novel feels much better to unwind with at the end of a long day.
I read Christie’s Poirot books in high school, but it’s been that long since I’ve picked up any of her work. A elderly resident of a sleepy English town with a Holmes-like knack for solving mysteries, Miss Marple is endearing, witty, and wise.
As lover of all things British (even if I’m romanticizing it all), I so enjoyed the settings and vernacular. And the task-y part of me liked being able to finish a story in one sitting. Just sayin.
I first heard of Dorothy Sayers via a favorite C.S. Lewis biography. A friend of the Inklings, Sayers has been on my list of authors to read for years.
I enjoyed her first Lord Peter Wimsey novel and as it was set in 1920s Britain, it felt like a mix of Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes. And, like Christie’s works, it’s the kind of mystery an HSP like me can stomach: suspenseful and engaging without anything too graphic.
Sally Clarkson is my favorite “mom-book” author; she’s abundantly full of grace but challenges me like crazy. However, this book fell kind of flat for me.
Maybe is was because I had such high expectations after loving The Mission of Motherhood. Or maybe it was her tone regarding homeschooling (likely the route we’ll go with Bun, but I usually cringe when it seems to be advocated for in terms of right/wrong).
In any case, it wasn’t my fav. (But seriously, check out Mission of Motherhood).
After finishing my 31 Days series in October, I took a blogging hiatus and commenced a Harry Pottery movie marathon to decompress.
Which reminded me of how highly friends have recommended the books (this book in particular changed my impression of the series). So I finally added them to my list of to-reads.
So far they have not disappointed. I flew through book one and skipped to book three because The Chamber of Secrets wasn’t available at the library. I loved the setting, characters, and relationships. And the pace of the plots is enough to keep me reading later at night than I should.
What have you been reading this month? And, check out the other lovely readers over at the Twitterature link-up!
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