I can’t believe it’s already June! It seems like just yesterday I was fretting about packing my house and moving. Even in summers I’m not moving (if I can remember such a time), I don’t read as much because I would rather be in my gardens or enjoying the community events such as the farmer’s market. However, I’ve found some ways to fit it in.
Most of my reading is done over the lunch our at work. I can close the door and kick back with my book in one hand and sandwich in the other. Between eating and inevitably checking social media, I can polish off 50 pages or so this way. I’ve also discovered a new time I can dedicate to reading: my bus ride.
I’ve started taking the bus home from work. There’s a stop across the street from my office that leaves at 5pm sharp, and it drops off just down the block from my home. B, M, and Bowman are all there to greet me as I walk in the door at 5:20. In that short, uninterrupted ride, I can read 40-50 pages. I could read nearly an entire book per week just on my ride home!
For June, I’ve picked three books- one I’ve been meaning to read, another that was a gift, and a third I found in the depths of my long-abandoned Goodreads account. There should be some nice variety too!
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is a personal hero, and I’m thrilled she’s graciously and vulnerably using her own devastating tragedy to generate public awareness around grief and resilience. She perfected balancing personal anecdotes with research in Lean In, and I have high expectations for Option B.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
“Splendid Suns” is Hosseini’s follow up to The Kite Runner. Centered around two women in Kabul, it chronicles thirty years of Afghan history with themes of friendship, faith, and family. A colleague recently gifted me a copy, and I’m very eager to read not only for the story but to seek to understand the history and culture in Afghanistan.
The Happiness Hypothesis – Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt researched some of life’s oldest maxims, such as the Golden Rule, and examines whether abiding by old bits of wisdom can actually enrich our lives. I found this one buried on my Goodread’s list. My guess is I found it through happiness aficionado Gretchen Rubin. I’m a little skeptical, but curious enough to read it.