I’ve been an avid reader all my life, and when I was a young married woman, I would listen to moms say, “I just don’t have time to read.” I would mentally roll my eyes and think they were lame.
Fast forward twenty years, and I often find myself thinking, “I just don’t have time to read.” Which is really, really silly because I’m also a writer. The whole reason I started writing is because I love to read.
If you love to read, I hereby grant you permission to carve some time out of your day to do it. These are the benefits:
• Reading will take you on a cheap (ahem, affordable) journey.
• If the book is good, it will leave you in a better place.
• When Mom’s happy, everyone’s happy.
• You’re still available if someone needs stitches.
• You deserve the time to yourself. Put the kids down, go in the bathroom
and fill up the tub. Relax with a good book.
I’m part of a local book club that includes a few friends and we meet the last week of the month. I look forward to those nights like you can’t believe. But having an online community of women who are also reading the same book and discussing it can work almost as well as meeting in person! Well, except you miss out on the food. But otherwise, it’s great.
So here’s what I’m doing. I’ll let you all know what books we’re reading here in my little book club and then post about it each month. Feel free to read along with me and then I do hope you’ll comment and share your thoughts on the book.
Your first assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to pick up a copy of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. The author takes a wonderful, humorous, compassionate and spiritual approach at helping us appreciate our lives. Each day is a snippet of wisdom and thoughts that will help you take a look at your life and realize how rich it is. The author was featured on Oprah in the mid 90s when the book was new. (If you love Oprah, you’ll be happy about this. If you’re not an Oprah fan, ignore that last sentence.) It really is very good, and this life can be a stressful one. Who among us can’t use a bright spot or shift in our way of thinking?
I’ve found Simple Abundance at D.I. and other thrift stores. It’s also available online used, but pretend I didn’t tell you this because I’m an author, and I should not advocate buying used. There’s my disclaimer.
Now for the actual book my book club is reading this month: Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach. It’s excellent. I’ll blog about it here next month, and if you’ve had a chance to read it, we can chat.
Happy reading, all!
Nancy Campbell Allen has one husband, three children, and 10 published books to her credit. Her most recent release is the second in the Isabelle Webb series and is called The Pharaoh’s Daughter.
*Pic is mine.