I did a lot of reading this month. It helped that I had some extra weekdays with no work, between holidays and winter weather when the school was closed. Plus it’s the time of year to stay indoors, and what better way to pass that time than curled up with a good book? Not all books turn out to be really good, but you only find out by reading them. (I guess there are some books that are just plain bad that you can find out by reading reviews, but the books that others consider good always turn out to have some people who love them and others who just can’t get into them.)
I’m well into the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge, and so far most of the books I’ve read have been OK but not great. I haven’t really disliked any of them, at least not once I got far enough into the book to get what was going on.
First was Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison, which I picked for a book with a two-word title, and because the college library had it in a display of Best Books of 2018. It was one I really didn’t care for at the beginning, but over the course of the book I got to like the narrator somewhat better. It’s certainly not one of my favorites, but I got a see how life looks from a very different perspective from my own experience, which was the point in reading it.
Next was At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life by Thich Nhat Hanh, which I picked for a book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America, but mostly I read it because I’m leading a Bible study looking at world religions from a Christian viewpoint, and I thought the study guide we’re using did a poor job of portraying Buddhism. Along with this book, not for the Reading Challenge but for the Bible study, I read Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown. Between these two, I (and the ladies in the Bible study) got a better idea of Buddhist ideas and life.