it’s march and i’m eagerly awaiting the spring thaw. not the odd 50 degree day (like yesterday!) but the real, official, winter-is-over-and-summer-is-just-beyond-the-horizon type thaw that happens in my bones. i’ve been so cold this winter and i’m over it.
i have about 100 drafts in various stages of completion here on the blog, and at some point it’ll be nice to have a bunch of things all queued up and ready to post on some sort of regular schedule. but until way more of them are closer to actually completed i figured a general ‘here’s what’s been up’ kind of post was in order. but then i started writing it and it became unbearably long, so i decided to break it up into multiple posts. which means i actually have some things queued up and ready to post on some sort of regular schedule!
first up, here’s what i’m reading this month,
from the time i was able, escaping into a book has been one of my most favorite things to do. when i was a kid there were so many nights my mom came to see if i was asleep yet only to find me awake, book in hand under the covers, book-light illuminating the pages. in elementary school i frequently kept a book tucked away in my desk to sneak when i was bored with whatever was going on in the classroom. and my first real (non-babysitting) job was at the public library. i loved spending my shift in the stacks, organizing books–and often setting aside all of the ones i planned to check out later.
my reading habits have ebbed and flowed throughout adulthood, but books continue to occupy a chunk of my time–and space. as a homeschooler, there’s always a pile of books i use for lesson planning and assignments. another stack is all of the books i’ve picked out for the #Wildboys to go through when they inevitably speed read through their own piles. and a couple of years ago, after realizing that the majority of my reading was very much kid-centered, i decided to make more time for my own just-for-pleasure reading pile, too.
i have this weird thing where i can rarely read one book at a time. it started when i was young…perhaps even before high school. i think it has something to do with the fact that i always had academic reading to do on top of whatever book i was reading for fun. now, i’m almost compulsive about reading 2+ books at any given time. i have no plans on becoming a book blogger, and will probably never actually post reviews, but since i really love to know what other people are reading, i thought it would be fun to at least keep a running list on my own blog. and full disclosure: 3 of the 4 books pictured are actually 2nd time reads for me. so here’s the roundup of what i’m currently reading:
the sacred enneagram by chris heuertz if you know me even a tiny bit, you may have gleaned that i’m a tad obsessed with the enneagram. although mbti was the first personality typing system i ever came across, the enneagram has been the one that continues to be most transformative for me. and the very first time i heard chris heuertz speaking about it (on an enneagram podcast, of course) i knew i had to read his book. he illuminates the enneagram of personality–and how to move from a description of a number to real growth and transformation–in such a profound and lovely way. the first time i read this i just took it in; this time around i’m doing the work.
the war of art by steven pressfield. if there’s a thing you know is yours to do, but you’re struggling to do the thing, this is the book for you. i have so many things underlined and circled in this book. i actually picked this one back up again because i was struggling just to come back and post here. why? resistance, of course. it’s always resistance. and i needed a reminder of what it is, and why pushing back against it is worth it. after i finish this 2nd read, i’m going to read his followup to it.
how to disappear: notes on invisibility in a time of transparency by akiko busch. i have no idea where i first heard of this book. all i know is that a couple of weeks ago i got a text message from the library that my hold was available and i could come pick it up within a week. because i couldn’t remember putting the book on hold, i had no idea what to expect when i picked it up. but the introduction was enough to convince me that i’d made a good decision, and directly addressed something i’ve recently spent a lot of time contemplating. “when identity is derived from projecting an image in the public realm, something is lost, some core of identity diluted, some sense of authority or interiority sacrificed. it is time to question the false equivalency between not being seen and hiding. and time to reevaluate the merits of the inconspicuous life…and to reconsider the value of going unseen….”
the artist’s way: a spiritual path to higher creativity by julia cameron. this is 3rd of my re-reads. i (mostly) read through this book with a virtual small group nearly 2 years ago. i say mostly because i never finished the work of weeks 11 and 12, and i stopped regularly doing artist’s dates around week 5 or 6. however, even without completing all of the exercises i had some profound experiences while in the midst of this creative-healing-work. i’m in a new (not-virtual, but face to face) small group…and my mom is even part of it. i’m excited to finish the work i began, and i have some very specific goals in mind that, hopefully, i won’t chicken out of eventually sharing.
fledgling by octavia e. butler. this is the one and only fiction book on my currently reading pile–which is kind of odd for me. my fiction to non-fiction balance usually skews in the other direction. this book isn’t pictured because i’m listening to the audiobook, which is something i’ve been doing more of lately. i used to love audiobooks–when i had a long commute-by-train to school, especially. and recently i’ve been checking out more of these through various digital resources via the library. as for the book…well…i’ll say that my first and previously only experience with octavia butler was reading dawn when i was in high school. someone had loaned it to my mom, and i saw it sitting around and read it over the course of one weekend. i remember thinking that the story was interesting, but i wasn’t necessarily keen on finishing the series–and i never did. but when this book was recommended in a newsletter i get for a podcast i love, i decided to give it a go. i’m about a 3rd of the way through and while i’m intrigued, there are certain aspects of the story i find rather unsettling. however, butler’s legacy is important enough that i would like to become more familiar with her work. and so, i listen on.