Reading and Writing

Kristen

Reading and Writing

Kristen
book_shelf_1My main focus or resolution or whatever you want to call it is to READ and WRITE this year. I still haven't got the writing down much but I have been reading a lot more.

My book club has read some pretty hard books--East of Eden and Tess of the d'Urbervilles. I have also read some books with my daughter that have been a bit more light and fun. She and I are doing our own book club, just the two of us. We read the same book some months and then the other months we read whatever we want and then tell each other about the books we are reading.

In February we read The Countess Under the Stairs. That was a fun book, kind of along the lines of Downton Abbey. I have actually mixed the up the two stories in my head now.

Hannah is fourteen now. Incredible how time flies. She's my oldest. I love how our relationship is developing beyond the mother-daughter into a friendship of sorts. The other day, a study was offered to her using botox in her tight ankle muscles. I feel she is old enough to make decisions about her healthcare. She opted out because the study involved needles and she has grown an incredible phobia about needles. But, I was okay with her decision.

We had been going to a coffeehouse to talk about our books; Hannah usually got a chai tea latte and I, a coffee drink. But, after two meetings at the coffee house, she would get sick. It wasn't the coffee houses, but the flu season. The last time we "met" for our book club, we went for a nice walk. This has been a fun thing for us to do together. 

I am a collector of books--the best way I can justify my bookshelf. It is full of books I haven't read and many I have read. But, I still spend hours searching for new books and collecting Amazon samples on my Kindle. Silly me, my kindle is so full, I don't think I can put another book on there. To erase samples, I have to do that one by one. So, then I start to erase samples but get excited about a book and end up reading the sample and forgetting to delete it. Oh well. When it comes to books, I'm helpless. When I look at my kindle library I am quite impressed by what is on there. I have lots of good books to read.

I've learned that when I am stressed, I need to do something--I need to take action. Reading is one thing I am going to do to help during the stressful times. And it really helps.

Journaling is also helping. Sometimes I write my own entries and sometimes I copy passages from the books I am reading. So, reading and writing has been a good focus for me this year.

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ejourneys

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Kristen

Wow. 3200 books. That sounds like a lot of money. It kinda scared me.I'm not sure I actually own that many. I download samples all the time and some pdfs. But, I think the samples fill up most of my kindle. I did used to download freebies when i could find them but I was downloading so many and not reading them that i stopped that. I'm not sure but the other day, my kindle couldn't download a book saying not enough space. If i really need it, i will put it on my ipad instead. That is true- the kindle world does have lots of space.

Denise

Hi Kristen--I've been thinking about you! I'm so glad to hear from you. :)\r\n\r\nI love the book club you've created with your daughter--what a great idea. Your meetings will be such wonderful memories for both of you.\r\n\r\nIt's so nice to know what helps during the stress, isn't it? These coping strategies help keep us grounded during the times when we feel like we're at the mercy of life's wind.\r\n\r\nHow is your mother-in-law?

Kristen

Yes. I carry a notebook everywhere with me. I feel lost without it.

ejourneys

I can identify, Kristen! I recently picked up a Kobo Mini eReader, which has been truly liberating. In addition to easing my wait times both in and outside the home, it is very kind to both my presbyopia and my carpal tunnel syndrome. (I've been able to read in bed for the first time in years.)\r\n\r\nWhen my partner and I moved here, we sent most (not all) of our books ahead via Media Mail. Total weight was about a ton and a quarter. With the eReader I've downloaded books we already have in hardcopy, just because I can read ebooks much more comfortably. It still blows my mind that I can borrow books from the library without leaving home. :-)\r\n\r\nI also journal and carry a notebook everywhere with me. That's been a sanity saver, too.