(Those specks in the picture are crumbs on the table. I didn't clean it before I staged this pic, and it's too late now. It's been that kind of morning.)
3rd Literary Society Meeting
You also go the path of least resistance when writing an old-fashioned blog post, and share what you did yesterday - which for me, was our third literary society meeting! In case you missed it, last fall I started a literary society, not to be confused with a book club. Book clubs have everyone reading the same book - literary societies get together and talk about books in general. Books that are our favorites, books we are reading lately, recommendations - anything goes.
Our society meets every other month, and last night was our largest meeting with eleven people! I was hoping we could get a circular table, but instead we were seated at a long table, so I floated between sides to make sure to talk with everyone. As usual, it was so fun! We talk about a myriad of books, but these are the ones that made it onto my to-read shelf on Goodreads.
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
The Power Of One by Bryce Courtenay
The Story Of The World - Vol. One
Have you read any of these?
My Non-Goalish Reading Goal
Now I'll go ahead and just tell you what I am currently reading, though I first want to step back and remind you how last year I set goals to be more purposeful about what I was reading.
Yeah, that didn't go so well.
I didn't stick to my categories at all through the year, and I swiftly decided that no such goals would be made for 2017. Along with my growing annoyance with words like "purposeful" and "intentional" (because they are so overused these days), 2016 led me to a conclusion - not everything has to be intentional. Why are we wearing ourselves out by having a plan for every little area of our lives? Doesn't that suck some of the fun out of it? For me, it does. I am perfectly fine not being intentional with certain areas of my life and just going with the flow. I'll save my intentionality stress for things that matter more than what books I read.
This year I've decided to read things that are currently interesting to me, and forget about categories. I think I will get more out of my reading if it's something that's currently relevant in my life, and I'll probably read more books this way as well because I won't be forcing myself through something I'm not enjoying. No intentional reading here this year.
However, all that is not to say that I won't still have some sort of theme to my reading, based on my interests, and one of my unofficial, interest-based goals is to read more about the Cold War. I've always found the idea of the Cold War fascinating, and last year when we saw Bridge of Spies, it sparked my interest to learn more. I know the basics of what the tension was about, but I don't know many specifics. How did it start? How and when did we realize that we were in a Cold War with Russia? What did people think about it? What was it like living during the Cold War?
So what I'm currently reading: A Brief History Of The Cold War by Lee Edwards. The title makes it sound terribly dry, but it's well done in my opinion. It's a straight-up history, but written in an engaging way, and I'm learning a lot.
Next up in the Cold War queue:
Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
The Tunnels by Greg Mitchell
Deep Undercover by Jack Barsky
Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly
I've asked around, and most people have no suggestion for me - but hey, there is no harm in trying again! Do you have any recommendations for books that have to do with the Cold War? I'd love to add more fiction to the list.
So what are you all reading lately?
On the queue for the rest of my day? I'm off to finish my coffee, read between taking care of children, eat my chocolate croissant (are you aware that yesterday was croissant day?), and fold a ton of laundry for the pregnancy resource center. Oh yes, and Derek and I have a long overdue date tonight (I think I'm going to try to talk him into bowling)!
Old School Blogger Shoutout
I'm not sure if these bloggers would technically describe themselves as "old school" - but I am, because I feel like they have a spirit of the old school about them. Their posts, though sometimes more on the professional side of blogging, are not cold and impersonal, and through reading their blogs I feel like I have gotten to know them! They are two of my favorites to read, and these ladies are so sweet and always respond to comments via email, if not by reciprocating the commenting on my blog.
Rebecca from Caravan Sonnet - Rebecca is just a sweetheart, and has so many insights into walking with the Lord through the trials of life. She is also having an anniversary giveaway that ends TODAY, so get yourself over there and scroll down to find that post!
Elizabeth from Teaching Sam And Scout - Elizabeth used to blog at E, Myself, And I, but switched to Teaching Sam And Scout a couple years ago...her blog is focused on her job as a teacher, but I feel that she has done a good job of keeping the personal touch too. Her links and likes posts are my go-to for keeping up on whatever is popular in blogland. She does the leg work so I don't have to.
What I'm Drinking: Coffee. Just coffee. With whipped cream. I'm hoping it's enough to break me out of my funk.