Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and books.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and books.

I love books. I love stories. I read every chance I get.

There is almost nothing better to me than a well-crafted story. And every once in awhile a book comes along that I can’t wait to read. All I want to do is read the book and not do anything else BUT if I read it too  fast, it will be over.

Right now I’m reading this book by one of my favorite authors. All week I’ve been sneaking in moments to read it: when I’m waiting for water to boil for tea, when I’m eating breakfast or lunch, or when I have a few minutes before an appointment.

I’m not talking about a page-turner book. To me, there is a difference between a book I read in one sitting because it’s a page-turner that I cannot put down and a book that I’m enjoying so much I can’t wait for the moments when I get to read it again yet I am not rushing through it.


What books do you savor? And how do you feel when you come to the end of the story?

I am looking forward to uninterrupted time this weekend to savor my book, and I’m also a little sad it will end.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, a perfect book for the start of October.

I finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I loved it—not only because of Angelou’s moving life experiences but also because of her beautifully written prose.

I think Angelou is one of the best writers of all time. Her vivid and lively descriptions transport the reader, her compassionate voice rivets you, her riveting content conveys substance and meaning, and her compelling reflections are purposeful and relatable in a way you didn’t realize they would be.

Angelou knows how to tell a story and share her experiences in a poetic and empathetic way without preaching and without being overly literary. It’s a rare gift.

Every single English teacher should use sentences from her book as examples of well-written metaphors. She masterfully delivers clever and purposeful metaphors that actually help move the story. For example, when describing a choir singing she described their voices as “harmonies as tight as sardines.” She uses another great metaphor when describing her state of mind. She needed some assurance about something and got it but it wasn’t quite what she needed. The assurance “rattled around in my mind like a dime in a tin can.”

I also listened to the audiobook with Angelou narrating it, which made the book even better. I highly recommend it as an audiobook.

I’ve been watching . . . Will & Grace, The Good Place, and Murphy Brown.

Laughed my ass off watching the premiere of Will & Grace. If you need a good laugh—and I did this week—watch it. So funny!

I’ve been listening to . . . Wild Rivers.

So remember that playlist I’ve been obsessed with (and still am)? I really love the song “Heart Attack” by Wild Rivers on the playlist so I am now listening to their debut self-titled album. I am drawn to their harmonies and seemingly melancholy yet soothing sounds like in the song “Do Right.”



(Photo of books.)

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