Sometimes my reading recommendations are a little more “do as I say and not as I do”. If you asked me what you should read right now, I would totally tell you to re-read something you love or try a new book in a genre that you know brings you comfort and a sense of peace. Nevertheless, I was chatting with a friend the other day and when we discussed what we were each reading, we were decidedly NOT following these recommendations. I was halfway through this book, which offers the biographies of the five women of the Whitechapel murders in the late 1800s, and she was reading this novel, which reflects on the lives of some notable people after the Russian Revolution.
While we both finished our books, we have enough sense to know that not only did we not want to read each other’s books, but that others might not want to read either.
Yesterday, soaking up some Vitamin D in my hammock, I read and mulled over the very popular The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. (The title doesn’t have an Oxford comma, sigh.) The book has lovely, wistful illustrations and each page contains a little snippet of interaction between the characters, mean to give you something to reflect on and roll around in your mind. It’s the perfect hammock book or fireside book, depending on your season.
I refer to this as a squishy book. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have value. I use that term to mean something I can read or look at when my brain really can’t process new information. A squishy book gives me the pleasure of reading without pressure. If you need that kind of thing right now, I highly recommend this sweet book.
My family has been plowing through everything Star Wars-related, but I can’t handle that for myself right now. I’m not too much of a television person, but I am knitting to an occasional episode of The Golden Girls right now. The majority of the episodes are very light and I know the characters well enough by now to be surprised. So, for me, it’s a squishy show. (I’m a Dorothy.)
This week, I also learned how to play Ticket to Ride online. A game about making train routes around a map is definitely working for me right now. It requires some thinking, but not so much that I can’t listen to a light-hearted podcast in the background. We don’t have any kind of gaming console at my house, so our curiosity about Animal Crossing remains exactly that.
What’s helping you right now? Games, music, movies, television, books, magazines, podcasts, YouTube Channels- it’s all fair in love and pandemic if it’s helping you get through and not hurting anyone else. Please share in the comments. One woman’s catnip can usually attract a friend who shares her interests.
The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.
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