Let’s Read All The Books: What Roozle and I are reading right now
Apr24

Let’s Read All The Books: What Roozle and I are reading right now

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My goal for this year is to read 12 books. I believe in having small goals because it feels so awesome to succeed at goals than to fail at them. I also made this goal in January knowing this year was going to be a tricky one, so I wanted to be sure I had lots of room. Or maybe I made this goal right now, I can’t remember. I’ve been kind of busy. Anyway, I started the year off pretty well, but got stuck for two months in the middle of two books. I finally finished them both this week, thanks to a very clingy Roozle last weekend who made sure I had lots of reading time¬†while she drew, read, and watched shows next to me. So much next to me.

Tiny Beautiful Things was the perfect book to pick up and put down and pick up and put down again. I got it for my kindle through the library and it spent a few weeks in airplane mode after it was due back so they couldn’t take it back before I finished. It’s perfect for a trip or the beach or just to read because so good.

Zen Encounters with Loneliness: I just started this one last night and though I only had a few minutes to read, I’m way into it already.

Roozle has discovered the great joy that is Biscuit. Woof woof! He barks so much and I’m so glad he isn’t real. She loves these books. We have three and just picked up a giant stack from the library. Because you can never have too many Biscuit books, apparently. Woof woof!

Roozle and I started the Magic Treehouse series this winter and are on the third book. They are so fun with just enough suspense that she’s into it without getting scared. We got the first 4 books as a set on the kindle, but I will get them from the library when we finish this one now that I know we can read it fast enough. I love these because even though Riley is reading really well on her own, she loves being read to. I usually have her read me two short books before I read a few chapters of this. Or she just has me read her all the Biscuit books. Woof woof.

What are you reading? What should I read next?

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We found the answer to all her reading problems. The answer is Barbie.
Feb22

We found the answer to all her reading problems. The answer is Barbie.

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Reading is magic. But reading is hard. Roozle is reading well these days, but the books she can read are too long. Reading is a lot of work. Especially when you’re only a few months into it.

We took her to a bookstore today and told her, “You can pick any book you want if you can read two pages of it.” Because finding the right level book for her is proving to be more difficult than I expected. Some easy readers are impossible, others that say they’re for better readers are too easy and she’s bored. Maybe it’s the way she’s reading. Maybe books are weird.

Today we found the answer to all the things. The answer is Barbie.

She read two pages then kept going. Can’t stop won’t stop, Barbie.

I’ll take it. Because reading is magic. No matter what you’re reading. And today she learned about nouns and verbs thanks to not understanding a sentence about Barbie’s horse. Okay Roozle! Let’s talk about words! Even if it’s Barbie that gets us there.

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We can be big and small at the same time.
Feb08

We can be big and small at the same time.

roozle jumps

 

“Inspiration and wretchedness are inseparable. We always want to get rid of misery rather than see how it works together with joy. The point isn’t to cultivate one thing as opposed to another, but to relate properly to where we are. Inspiration and wretchedness complement each other. With only inspiration, we become arrogant. With only wretchedness, we lose our vision. Feeling inspired cheers us up, makes us realize how vast and wonderful our world is. Feeling wretched humbles us. The gloriousness of our inspiration connects us with the sacredness of the world. But when the tables are turned and we feel wretched, that softens us up. It ripens our hearts. It becomes the ground for understanding others. Both the inspiration and the wretchedness can be celebrated. We can be big and small at the same time.” Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart.

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Let’s Read All The Things!
Jan31

Let’s Read All The Things!

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Reading is my favorite. I always have a book in my bag or in my back pocket. I read all the blogs all the time. Reading totally rules.

Just Finished:
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Reading Now:
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Up Next:
Her Best-Kept Secret by Gabrielle Glaser

What are you reading? What should I read next?

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Let’s read all the books!
Jan09

Let’s read all the books!

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I start drinking tea early on Friday nights. I’m reading while the dishwasher and washing machine run. Roozle is still awake, but singing to herself while she draws in her room. She comes out now and then to pet the cats. Patrick, the giant cat, gives himself a bath. He’s an over-bather, unlike the rest of us in this house.

What I read this week:
We Were Liars and The Art of Stillness

What I’m reading now:
A Thousand Mornings

What I’m reading next:
The Best Buddhist Writing 2011

What does your Friday night look like? What are you reading?

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