Yeah, okay. That happened just now.
But I'm back, friends. I'm back and I'm so glad.
I don't really have a good reason to be gone, but I do have reasons. The short answer is that life happened. The long answer is that I was finishing out my school semester and things got busy, and I not only neglected my blog but I also neglected most other important parts of my life including reading for pleasure, writing, spending time with friends, cooking for fun, and everything else I genuinely like to do and spent all my free time watching inane television; and then I was out of town; and then I spent all my time watching some more inane television. I'm not very proud of these last two months.
But I've finally come to my senses. Mainly because I went to the library today. There's really nothing that can bring you to your senses better than a good, long visit to the library.
And now I have the whole summer completely free. My plans are as follows:
- Write (the non-blogging kind of writing)
- Make bread
- Read some more
- Make cheese
- Grow basil and tomatoes on my balcony
- Maybe watch a very, very small amount of inane television, and
- Read a lot more.
Yeah, I know. It sounds amazing.
Anyway, how about something a little more relevant... Here's what's happening on the reading front these days.
My mom gave me three books for my birthday earlier this year which I've hardly had a chance to read until now, so I'm working through them right now. I'm in the middle of The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. After those I'll be reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.
But like I said, I went to the library today. So I got a bunch of other books.
If you've been around here much, you might have noticed that children's literature is not really my thing. Every once in a while I'll revisit an old childhood favorite, but I generally stay away from the genre in general.
Well, the last few days I've been itching to read kid lit for some reason. I remember the wonder and awe I used to feel reading books like The Secret Garden and Half Magic. I remember being delighted and even jealous of the girls in Anne of Green Gables, Pippi Longstocking, and Little House on the Prairie.
But there are also books that I seriously missed out on as a kid, like the E. Nesbit books (still have never read a single one) and the Diana Wynne Jones books (I think I've only read one, and I read it when I was older). I want to read those, too, so I can have them on hand when I have older kids. (Yeah, okay, I don't have kids yet, but you can never be too prepared, right?)
I just miss the good ol' days, when reading books was more of a magical adventure into a place I wish I could go, a time I wish I could live in, or a person I wish I could be. And I want to experience that again.
So today I got some books out of the library to start my foray back into the wilderness of kid lit (and some classic YA lit as well). I started reading Little House in the Big Woods and I still love it just as much as I did as a kid. I also perused a few Beatrix Potter tales (I never read them as a child but I've recently become fascinated by Potter), and I checked out Half Magic, an E. Nesbit book, and Pippi Longstocking. (I really wanted Anne of Green Gables too, but all the library's 4 copies were checked out. I'm so proud of the kids around here.) So we'll see how many I get through before they're due.
Well, if you've gotten this far, thanks for reading my ramblings. Coming back to my blog feels like coming back home. I've missed you all. (And I'm coming back to your blogs, too!)