Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and books, books, books. Well, really, anything related to literature and the written word.
I recently went to NYC and spent a morning at the New York Public Library. I could’ve spent the whole day—and then some—there. Almost nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by books. I was definitely in my happy place.
I also went to a few indie bookstores, so then I was in complete heaven. And what I realized is sometimes there are little things that make us so happy and they are so easy to do. My happy place is anywhere with books, so when I need a little nourishment for my soul or calming for my spirit, I can go to a bookstore, take a moment, and relax.
In this busy season, that is the perfect remedy for me—and I can get some Christmas shopping done too. What is your happy place? Hope you can take some time to do what makes you happy.
Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .
- Some fun facts about the New York Public Library.
- The top ten best books of 2017
- 13 Literary celebrity lookalikes. Some of these are uncanny.
- Words journalists use that no one ever says—do you use any of these words?
- Why having too many (unread) books is a good thing
- I CANNOT wait until January 19!
- Because this is good news.
I’ve been reading . . . Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak, which I finished. I’m now reading Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel by Samantha Silva. This is the time of year I love to read Christmas-themed books.
Seven Days of Us turned out to be good. It took me awhile to get into and I decided to give it the first 100 pages, and if I still didn’t like it, I’d stop. It just started getting better around 100 pages, so I stuck with it. It’s a story about a family stuck in quarantine together over the holidays in their old family home in the countryside of England. Cell reception and wi-fi are spotty so they can’t totally lose themselves in technology, thus they are forced to spend time together.
At first look, the characters are not the most likable but yet they aren’t all together unlikable. They are flawed and they are human, so they’re relatable. They kind of grew on me. The writing itself is ok, and there are some unnecessary pop culture references in the book, but if you can get past that (and the first 100 pages), it’s not a bad book to read.
I’ve been watching . . . Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas movies.
I’ve been listening to . . . the list and Christmas music.
Still going slowly with the list of 150 greatest albums made by women. Here’s what I listened to this week.
- The Bangles, All Over the Place: I was never a big Bangles fan but I was a fan of their debut album—the one before they became pretty and pop. Listening to it again, I can see why this one was on the list. It broke new ground for women in music.
- Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas: I’ve long been a fan of the Cocteau Twins, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Heaven or Las Vegas on this list. Singer Elizabeth Fraser’s voice is beautiful and proves that the voice can be an instrument. “Iceblink Luck” is one of my favorite songs on the album.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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