Latest Reads

I rarely have the time to read for pleasure so whenever I can, I try to curl up in my "cozy room" with a good book.  Yes, we call it the "cozy room." It's a tiny little room off my kitchen, just 10'x12'.  Just right. It's a perfect place to nap or read and its where I have my coffee each morning as I listen to the news and scroll through my favorite blogs.

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But this post isn't about my cozy room - it's about what I've been reading lately! I wanted to share a few lovely books I read over the summer, starting with this one - Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

This is a collection of poem's from Gregson's Typewriter Series, poems he banged out on old book paper, envelopes, and other ephemera using an old Remington Typewriter.  He had me at poems.  And old paper. And typewriter.  I love this poetry; haunting, beautiful, encouraging, lovely. How could you not fall in love with words like this:

Come now the flood
for you have no idea
how long
I can hold my breath

I've read it twice. Okay, maybe three times.  If you love poetry, you will love this book.

The second book I loved reading this past summer was Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor. I am a huge fan of Sue Monk Kidd and have read most of her books, but my daughter suggested this one to me.

It's a beautiful story of the dynamic connection between mother and daughter as they navigate the treacherous waters of relationships, self-discovery, pain and ultimately fulfillment. This is a memoir by the two as they travel through Greece, Turkey and France and the parallel between themselves and the mythological mother/daughter story of Demeter and Persephone. I adored this book and I read it as I travelled to these same places they visited in the book. Touching and poignant, it is told from both perspectives; mother and daughter.  It's lovely. Truly.

I revisited To Kill a Mockingbird also this summer by Harper Lee. It had been more than 35 years since I read it the first time. Harper Lee is one of the greatest American writers of all time (in my opinion) and I once again enjoyed the adventures of Scout, Jem and Dill as they spent their lazy summer days together hoping for a glimpse of Boo Radley. I pondered their innocence and awakening to racial discrimination and thought how timely it still is, even after 45 years. I pulled the book out again because of the release of Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's newly found novel which was supposed to be a sequel to Mockingbird. I haven't been able to pick up her new novel as I can't picture Atticus Finch as anything but a hero.  I think I'll leave my memory of him in Mockingbird intact.

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan was phenomenal.  If you have never read any of her books or listened to her inspirational talks, you owe it to yourself to giver her a listen. Corrigan writes this beautifully told story about her shift from being a child to a parent to a caregiver of her own parent as she navigates that "middle place."  I cried and laughed and sometimes both at the same time.  I loved her family.  They are my family. Most American families.  She taught lessons on pride, humility and grace.  Did I tell you I want to be her when I grow up? 

I hope you get a chance to pick up one {or all} of these!  I would love for you to share with me some of your favorite reads!