This Week’s Reads (aka What’s Next to the Bed)

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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They say you shouldn’t use words like “always” and “never” — but I can affirmatively say there is ALWAYS a stack of books by my bed. Some are for enjoyment, some are reference, but all are in the process of being read by . . . ME. (With the exception of one this week, which you will probably figure out by the time you get to the end of this post.)

I don’t have much spare time to read, so unless I literally schedule it in my planner, it often doesn’t happen. We have developed a period of personal quiet time almost every day after work and school to give each of us time to decompress after “peopling” all day. This affords us an opportunity to spend time alone prior to coming together to make dinner and spend time as a family. Many times I use my quiet time to read.

There are usually at least three books near my bed, several on my Kindle, and perhaps a magazine or two as well. I try to avoid buying books, instead using the library to sate my desire for new reading material. I can honestly say, however, the kids and I enjoy going to Barnes and Noble to browse through the stacks and see what is available. With Kindle First Reads as part of my Amazon Prime membership, I also get a free download each month of a pre-release book.

Here is what I’m reading this week (with links to purchase if you find your interest piqued):

Chi Running by Danny and Katherine Dreyer. Since my knee replacement, my run form has changed drastically. This was recommended to me by another runner.

The Beardstown Ladies Common Sense Investing Guide by the Beardstown Ladies Investment Club. If you handle your own investments, or just follow your investments closely, this book will help you understand the how’s and why’s of the stock market.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Espionage. Resistance. Suspense. Need I say more?

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Yes, it is the children’s board book. It is also my son’s favorite book since he was small and he STILL enjoys having momma read to him when he is stressed.

Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing by the editors of Reader’s Digest. Complete doesn’t begin to describe the treasure of this book. anything and just about everything you want to know about sewing is explained in this book.

Triathlon for the Every Woman by Meredith Atwood. I am a woman and an aspiring triathlete, so this book is definitely for me.

And on my Kindle, Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts. Part interest, part time filler, I usually listen while in the car driving back and forth. Ms. Roberts is an excellent author and this tale of an active shooter and the impact on peoples lives is right up my alley.

What are YOU reading this week?

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