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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