Reading list, or book-hoarding?
My wife and I love books. Like “women who love books too much” love books. There are stacks of them everywhere. We are both prone to reading a few of them at once, depending on what kind of relationship we each might need that night.
A Kindle Paperwhite also entered my life this past holiday season thanks to my mother, who is the one I inherited both my love of reading and my love for gadgetry from. My wife discovered she could kindle on her new schmancy smartphone, too. It’s not the same experience as an actual kindle, but it’s still pretty cool.
The Kindle is one of those “mostly unecessary” gadgets – many phones are nearly the same size at this point, you’re limited to mostly book-related activities with it, and other than page-turning, most other things involving touching the screen are kind of clunky and slow and make me feel a bit like I’m reading on a Palm Pilot – though in the end while it’s not all that necessary, it’s encouraging as I’ve returned to reading more frequently, especially since I’ve connected it to my Goodreads account and I can’t get sidetracked by Facebook notifications and such while I’m trying to read. Plus, it makes reading in bed easier as no one needs the light on to use it.
Between the pile next to my bed and the additions to the Kindle, here’s what’s being read right now:
|The Gene Keys by Richard Rudd: it’s a system. The book is inches thick and heavy and I haven’t actually figured out how to read it, literally or figuratively. I’m enthralled by something about it though, and I guess if I really look inside I’ll have to admit it’s in part because of the dragonfly on the cover. Is that shallow? Yeah, it might be shallow. I’m intrigued though, and until I can figure out a time and place to read this, I’ve been learning about each key via their Facebook page.|
|The Revolution Where You Live by Sarah Van Gelder: this book is inspirational AF. The author, a co-founder of Yes Magazine, spent several months traveling around communities that had succeeded in protecting themselves against frackers, water theft, food deserts and more. The town I live in, Mt. Shasta, is currently involved in a battle of its own. While we’re not all together on this, sadly, many of us are really hoping that the opportunities to manufacture plastic bottles and bottle our precious and pure water supply here aren’t granted to Crystal Geyser. We’ve been fighting them off for four years now.|
|Ancient Spirit Rising by Pegi Eyers: This book was written by a Canadian woman of Scottish descent. Its subtitle is Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community. It is mightily educational and encouraging, especially those of us living in cultures that have become completely disconnected with what they once knew and were.|
|The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley: I almost paid full price for this book at a bookstore and it lived on my Amazon wishlist for a long time too. I couldn’t believe my good luck when I saw it on the shelves of my favorite local thrift store and took it home for fifty cents. The world around me expands exponentially every time I read more of this book, and Tristan Gooley is an engaging, enjoyable writer. Too, climate change is real, folks – I should be knee-deep in snow right now but instead I’m out hiking in 55-degree weather putting my new nature skills to use.|
|The Roots of Resistance by Rivera Sun: This is Book 2 of the Dandelion Trilogy (The Dandelion Insurrection was the first). It’s a “fictional” account of a time somewhere around now, and how people individually and collectively remember what kind of power lies in love and non-violent revolution. Heck yeah, I’m that way, yes I am. The alternative is depressing. I participated in the Indiegogo campaign and so I’ve got my hands on a special edition, but you’ll be able to get this via all avenues, including her website, spring 2018.|
|The Birdwoman’s Palate by Laksmi Pamuntjak – this is also an Amazon Prime Reading offering right now. It’s my current fiction selection, my escapist reading, doubly so because it takes place in modern Indonesia, and mostly in Jakarta among an educated, sophisticated set of people, and in fine Indonesian cuisine, epidemics, vaccine development and dispersion. It’s truly fascinating.|
|Passive Income Streams by Kristi Patrice Carter J.D. – another Amazon Prime Reading offering, and also, the subtitle: “How to Create and Profit from Passive Income Even If You’re Cash-Strapped and a Little Bit Lazy.” Getting ready to crack this one now that I’ve stopped obsessing over money issues at 3am for the month (don’t believe all that “solopreneur” hype – unless you’re dependent- and debt-free, you’ve probably got some responsibilities and expenses).|
Anyway, I’ll let you know if I learn anything.
What are YOU reading right now?