Archive for the ‘Reading’ Category

WHERE IS MY MIND (Series – 1)
April 10, 2015

I am a magazine junky. There, I’ve come clean. As much a I love to tuck into a great novel, and do read on a nightly basis, I love the immediacy and compact nature of magazines. I can pour through a stack of them at my leisure and pick up all kinds of information, some necessary and some trivial. They delight me.

Over the past several years, I’ve trimmed down my paper subscriptions, opting for online versions as well as some online magazines like Chalkboard, Huffington Post, Green Monster, Food 52 and The Skimm. They serve my curiosity and fit in well when I only have a short time to play. I also love the ease of Googling anything that strikes my fancy (you don’t want to see my history – it’s a plethora of weirdness) and to find lots of information about everything from recipes to adaptive seating to best red lipstick shades to accessible travel to the latest in Swedish design. Right now I’m a bit obsessed with researching stem cell treatment.

And don’t get me started on Pinterest! Before Pinterest, I would tear or cut out articles, pictures, recipes and more out of magazines and newspapers, sticking them into files that I rarely looked at! With Pinterest, I save everything and anything and I do actually use my Pinterest files. I can take haircut ideas to my stylist, search for cool light fixtures for my dining room, track ideas for our 2016 trip to Paris, pull up recipes I’m keen on, and more, more, more…without clutter!

So here are some things I’ve found intriguing recently…places my mind has gone wandering:


  1. 16 Party Bar Ideas Because I love entertaining and doing a festive bar is a fun way to let your guests DIY
  2.  Fascinating – What Your Eye Color Says About You
  3.  This sounds like so much fun – Shooting Hoops
  4.  Sara Gottfried – I am so looking forward to reading her new book about managing hormonal influences with diet
  5.  Contemplating this a means of storing all of our photos and documents: Bevy
  6.  For the lo-tech people like me who could use a little help: 20 iPhone Hacks

January 7, 2015

I love to read. I try to read every night even if it’s just a page or two, though more often than not I get lost in whatever book I’m reading and waking up in the middle of the night, having rolled over onto my tablet or book. I favor mysteries, especially international crime thrillers, but I like to mix it up with novels and short stories, and the occasional bit of non-fiction.

As I’ve written previously, my dad kept journals of his readings. I have one of his handwritten little notebooks detailing the readings of 1968. It’s something I treasure. I often think about doing the same thing but then I move on to the next book without recording anything about the last. Perhaps this year I’ll attempt to document my reading. It would be fun to look back at the list several years later and be reminded of where I got lost in 2015.

I’m currently reading The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. It’s set in 1922 in England, post WWI. A formerly privileged widow and her unmarried twenty something daughter, finding themselves without means, have to take in tenants to keep their home. The tenants, a young married couple, change their lives, especially that of Frances, the daughter, in compelling ways. I’m only half way through and am enjoying it. I am, of course, looking for the thriller element, even where it doesn’t exist.

I have a tendency to build upon my readings in my head whilst reading. I imagine where the story might be heading and sometimes I’m right. Sometimes I’m not. I have a tendency to devour series and as I grow more familiar with both the author and the main characters, I can often take the journey one step ahead of the book. It doesn’t spoil it for me. It actually makes me feel more a part of the investigation or story.

I love to read with Cole too. I’m not great at voices but I sometimes try to give accents to characters or different intonations or inflections. He’s forgiving and when we find a book he likes, he’s a great partner and listener. I wish he could find it in himself to get lost in books the way I did when I was young. He’s got limited options for independent time, in the house, or in his room and reading would be my first choice for him. He can listen to books on Audible, or read on his tablet, using his eyes to turn pages, but he’s not embraced the escape of a good book. It’s my dream that he will one day understand the magic of a well told story.