notes for dec/jan
If there is one thing I stubbornly carve time out for, it's reading. There are any number of reasons to be reading, but one important reason for me is because it's a lifeline when I am stressed.
December often turns out to be a stressful month, because ironically, many people go on leave thinking it's a quiet month. It only takes one or two big things to happen to turn a quiet month into one of little sleep constant pressure. So, over two weeks of December I read five books.
- I just finished Alice Munro's "Open Secrets" which I got for Christmas and as always, am in awe of the class of writers that can paint such complete worlds and portraits of people, and in her case, with such brevity.
- I finally bought myself a copy of Dana Thomas' "Deluxe: How luxury lost its lustre" and read it just before Christmas. By now the book has been cited so often that it felt a little too familiar reading it but I do admire her knack for telling a story and giving such a succinct overview of the dark side of the fashion industry. I wonder if she has considered doing a sequel -- so much has happened since the book was published in 2007.
- At a friend's recommendation, I read "Ender's Game". Few young adult books are as well-written and tightly plotted. When I finished I felt unsettled, in a good way.
- I also just got started on Olen Steinhauer's "Tourist" series - finished the first book "The Tourist" (NO relation to that horrible Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie movie) a week ago. It wasn't bad and I just picked up the second book in the series. I wished there were more spy novels that aren't as dense as John Le Carre but aren't too simplistic either. Recommendations?
- During the more highly-strung moments, I turned to some comfort reading to slow my mind down before I slept. In this instance, it was an old favourite, "The Accidental Tourist" by Anne Tyler.
Now that we've passed into the new year, I hope to keep the reading engines going and widen the scope a little. I tend to forget that reading can be educational and would like to pick up things that aren't just for pleasure. At Ammu's recommendation, I'm going to give "I'm OK - You're OK" a try.
Other things I want to do in January:
- Bake. I can't let the measuring cups I got for Christmas go to waste!
- Paddle-surfing. I think it looks a little silly but I've been promised I won't regret the experience