TMI? Moving on…
I’ve also found that a brief afternoon respite is key to me maintaining as we say, a happy attitude.
My daily break begins just after depositing both children in their rooms for nap-time/ “quiet resting time” and ends just before “quiet resting time” becomes “repeatedly thumping around because that’s what ballerinas do-time.”
It involves a hot drink, a seat by the fireplace, and a book. My current stack is large, but then my literary eyes always seem to be bigger than my literary stomach.
Home by Julie Andrews
I’ve always loved Julie Andrews. But when my mom bought gave Bun the 1957 Rogers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella for Christmas, my interest in her career and early life was peaked.
Home is her memoir; it begins with her birth in Surrey and ends at the brink of stardom. I appreciated the peeks into pre and post-WWII England, her family dynamics (sad as they mostly were), the world of musical performance.
I found myself empathizing over her difficult childhood and wondered several times if Ms. Andrews might be a bit of an HSP. In any case, she’s just lovely.
The Inklings of Oxford by Harry Lee Poe
This coffee-table type book combines a photographic journey through Oxford with a history of the Inklings and the lives of its members. I’ve read a few biographies of Lewis but until now nothing on Tolkien or the Inklings, the literary discussion group that the two formed. Hangout at a pub with the creators of Narnia and Middle-Earth? Yes, please 🙂 .
The photos are beautiful and the short biographies and studies of the books produced by The Inklings have been great nap-time reading.
Still Mulling Over:
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp :: I’ve dragged my feet on this one for so long but have heard too many great reviews to delay any longer.
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien :: What can I say? I basically want to live in Middle-Earth.
The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter :: I’m going to be honest–I’ll probably get my Inklings fix by the Poe book above and put this one on hold.
What are you reading lately? I’d love to hear!
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