The grass is greener…

As is, spring looks like it might, you know, SPRING! I’ve been offline, hanging out with my famdamily, ignoring the tech for the most part, and genuinely not feeling bad about it. I’ve been reading a lot, too.

One of my secret resolutions this year was to read books I wouldn’t ordinarily pick up or read. Guess what? I’ve loved every book I’ve read so far this year. The next step might be to ignore the blurbs altogether and just plunge head-first into the books. Crazy!

Nothing like staying at home with a pile of books…

A Slice of The Moon, My Life Next Door, The Glittering Art of Falling Apart, Elemental, Song of The Skylark and all three books from the Land of the Long White Cloud series have been read so far – none of these would have made my usual reading list and I am so glad I took a chance on all of them. I’m also pretty darn lucky I work for a magazine and we get advance copies of most books! I’m currently reading an advance copy of The Square Root of Summer. I’ve discovered I quite like YA fiction.

So now I’m paying it forward – out of necessity and kindness. We simply don’t have the space in our shoe box flat to store books, so it’s Kindle or out. I have been wrapping these books up once I’ve read them, and they’re heading across the world to new owners, with a little note to say why I think they might like ’em. I may get it wrong, but hopefully they’ll know someone who’s a better fit, and the book will go on.

Have you read any great books this year? Books that made you laugh, or cry, or just go “Hell yeah!”. Anything I should add to my list?


  1. Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior was excellent, but I am biased because it’s set in Appalachia and also, I love all her books.
    I also very much enjoyed the short read of Alice Hoffman’s Incantation.
    I don’t like to read books that don’t grab me from the blurbs. Life is too short. I cannot read everything. I don’t know whether to admire you or to slap your wrist for reading books you’d otherwise ignore 😉

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  2. Brene Brown’s books are amazing. I’m reading Daring greatly. She is a shame and vulnerability expert. Take a chance on it (or listen to her TED talk. Have a great day 🙂

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  3. There are so many books I want to read, but I simple don’t have the patience to do so. As a kid, I loved to read. Every week to the library, it was like going to a candy store. Today, I am happy if I read a chapter in a photography magazine.

    Great resolution though, and wonderful that it brings you joy!

    Good luck, and spring is ahead!

    Warm regards,

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  4. I am an avid reader and now the kids are a little older I am picking up more books. One book read recently that I highly rated was Jasper Jones by Craig Silver ……. Awesome literary talent . Xx

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  5. A few of us at our international school have a little book club going. Same idea – reading things we normally wouldn’t read. I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Kafka on the Shore was probably my favorite – a bit on the disturbing side and yet couldn’t put it down. Also, the Expatriates: A novel, the Miniaturist and if you are into YA, I really really liked all the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. My youngest and I read all of them aloud (he’s almost 9) and we were both super into them (perhaps even me more than him) and now we are reading some of his other YA books together.

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