Category Archives: Currently Reading

September 2019

Welcome, September! I love late summer in the Pacific Northwest! There’s usually very little rain (this year especially) and after Labor Day the temperatures are mostly mild. It’s one of the loveliest times of the year here, and especially lovely for reading on the porch!

Currently reading: three children’s books from the library about Wangara Maathai
Currently on my Kindle: The Little Sister, by Raymond Chandler
Current audiobook: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, narrated by Thandie Newton

I’m looking forward to my September reading. My stack of mysteries is ready for R.I.P-XIV, as are other books on my TBR lists for the various challenges I’m working on. September will also include some nice long walks and perhaps a day trip or two over the Coastal Range to the ocean fifty miles away.

So glad you’re here at last, September!

 

Howard’s End is on the Landing

The audiobook I am currently listening to is Howard’s End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home, by Susan Hill. It’s a book that has been on my TBR list for a long time but I just never got around to moving it to the top of the list. When I discovered that it was available from Audible, I downloaded it and started listening. I am so enjoying it (!) but realized immediately that I needed the book itself to refer to, so I ordered it from the library. Happily, it came in quickly and I have been reading and listening to my double pleasure. But now I have realized that this is a book I need to own, so I have ordered my own copy and it should be arriving shortly. That’s high praise for a book, don’t you think?

Gardenlust

This last week I have been immersed in garden dreaming, garden planning, and garden reading!  This is clearly a reaction to the cold and snowy weather here in the Pacific Northwest!  My current book from the online digital section of my library has an appropriate name for my state of mind: Gardenlust!  Written by Christopher Woods, Gardenlust, A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens, is a “A beautiful tour through some of the loveliest gardens in the world!” ~ Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus at Missouri Botanical Garden. It was published by one of my favorite publishing companies, Timber Press, and is really an interesting book to read, especially in the middle of a cold February!

The photography is gorgeous and the information about each of these botanical gardens is very interesting to read. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I will be giving it a very good rating on Goodreads. What a pleasure to read on this snowy/icy weekend!

 

October Readathon Morning

This morning begins the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon! I’m up early, have my big mug of morning tea, my pile of books and my Kindle all charged up. Ready to go! So I will start with the “Getting to Know You Survey” while I’m drinking my tea, and then it’s on to a day full of reading!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m reading from Forest Grove, Oregon, a college town about 27 miles west of Portland. Lovely town surrounded by agricultural fields and wineries. Lots of beauty to see on my daily walks!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’m excited to read any and all of them!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I’m most looking forward to the coffee I will treat myself to today. We have a new coffee shop in town, Black Rock Coffee Bar, and I’m going to head over there a little later and do some of my reading there while having a great cup of coffee.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Avid reader, grandma of one bright and articulate eleven year old boy, former elementary school teacher, walker, knitter, gardener. Enjoying my retirement!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
Read more books than last time!

HAPPY READING, EVERYONE!

Currently Reading: Tyler’s Row

Painting by Helen Allingham…A Cottage Near Brook-Witley

The book I am currently reading is Tyler’s Row, by Miss Read, which is the ninth book in her Fairacre series. I love this gentle series, and I’m enjoying reading the twenty books in order. I’ve also joined a fun Facebook page related to the series. It’s called “I Want to Live in Fairacre!” and the name is perfect because I would move there in a heartbeat.

Here’s an example of why this book is a such a perfect afternoon-on-the-porch read:

Before long, a few more people wandered into the garden with their packets of lunch. Diana was struck by their general air of happiness. Most of them were women, faces upturned to the sunshine, half-smiling—children again in a world where flowers and birds, quietness and fragrance, took precedence, and one had time to observe, to reflect, to wonder and to be glad.