In The Land of Books

In The Land of Books


On Friday, Mr. A came home from work, Indian food in hand and told me I needed to get lost. Though typically a sentence such as that one would hurt my feelings, Friday evening, it was like music to my ears. It was basically his way of telling me "Go, be free. Put on something other than yoga pants and be amongst the people." As I mentioned, before the move, while Mr. A was hard at work in a new city 3+ hours away, I was holding down the fort. My free time has basically consisted of hiding out in the closet wolfing down a candy bar and feverishly praying Little J  didn't hear the crinkling of the wrapper. Hey, don't judge.

Anyhow, back to the point. My Sunday afternoon was spent leisurely sipping a on a much needed cup of coffee and perusing Barnes and Nobles for my latest read. I recently read a report that has forced me to look inwards--and what I found, I'm not all that happy about. In October of last year, Huffington post release a report saying that 28 percent of Americans had not read a book all year. Though the number was startling, after examining my own reading habits, I found that the number of books I read last year was at an all-time low.

Though I spent many waking hours hopped up on coffee tucked away in a study cubicle on campus, 99.9% of those hours were devoted purely to reading for my classes. The other .1% was spent on Facebook complaining about the ridiculous amount of studying I was doing. Now that those days are rapidly becoming a distant memory, I know that there are many things I can cut back on in order to squeeze in more time with my beloved books. Netflix for example. I can't even tell you how many times I've found myself absorbed in an Netflix induced coma. If binge watching Netflix were an Olympic sport, there are some days when I would take home the gold. Which is sad.

So Saturday was a much needed day. A chance to tune out the world and spend the day engulfed in a new read. Not only did I make it through half a book in one sitting, I had the chance to scope out some new reads for my next "mommy day."




1. Lean In- Sheryl Sanberg
2. A Return To Love- Marriane Williamson
3. The Fault In Our Stars- John Green
4. A Long Walk To Freedom- Nelson Mandela

I've had my eye on all of these books for the past year or so. Especially since I watched Sheryl Sanberg give what is quite possibly my favorite TED Talk of all times. (FYI, if you're a woman trying to navigate the leadership labyrinth while juggling motherhood, this video is for you).

Hopefully, before the year is over, I will have read all four of these. I have no intention of becoming one of the 28 percent. Have you read any of these books? What is currently on your reading wish list? More importantly, when was the last time you had a "mommy day?"


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  1. Sounds like a day of blissful reading!!

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    1. It was indeed! Looking forward to next Sunday so I can do it all over again!

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  2. Reese,

    Thankfully I will not fall into that 28 percent. I post book reviews on my blog on a weekly basis so I am getting my reading in. LOL!!

    Can you believe that those stats you quoted are comprised of authors as well? I cannot believe there are authors out there that do not read, but there are. Although I am busy writing books, I also make time to read. I cannot understand being a writer and not reading books/the works of others.

    For some strange reason I have been reading lots of contemporary romance novels lately and I am not a romance fan. However, on my TBR list are the following books: Anybody's Daughter, by Pamela Samuels Young; Paradox Child, by J. Yates; Valley of Deception by T. H. Michael; and The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience, by Stormi Omartian.

    BTW...I have teens so I can get my mommy time in a lot easier than I could when they were younger like Little J. As a matter-of-fact, I will be meeting up with the ladies of my book club this weekend. Good luck with your TBR list this year. ;)

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    1. I'm happy you're not part of the 28 percent. That's a scary place to be! I also can't understand being a writer and not reading the works of others. That's like being a blogger and not reading other blogs. It's all about the community experience. But that's just my thoughts. Thanks for stopping by. And congrats on your latest book! Looking forward to adding you to my next list!

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  3. I used to read books all the time; now I read more blogs than books. I have finished one book this year so far though...A Lady in France, and I have some others planned. Lean In is sitting in my living room right now. It's on my list as well.

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    1. I admit, I had not heard about this one until I googled it. It looks to be quite emotional. I may have to wait until my emotions are in check. The book I was reading at the time I posted this, Firefly Lane, wore me out emotionally. Serious tear jerker, but in the best way. Still A Lady in France sound like a good heartfelt read. It reminds me a bit of Beyond Boarders, which I finally just saw for the first time. *Sigh* why does no one warn me about these things... I may have to add this one to my next list. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love how you showed that a totally sadness comment was actually a huge blessing to you! I'm glad you got to get lost in a few books, and I can't wait to check some of them out!!!

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    1. Thanks Adrienne! There's always a positive spin to something that's seemingly negative. And yes, it was a blessing, a very much needed blessing. Here's to hoping that we both spend some much needed time curling up with a good book or two :)

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