This month brought quite a bounty of reading delights. On spiritual topics, I finished Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating, which I’ve been reading in my ongoing study of Centering Prayer, as well as another book by Richard Rohr, and a memoir suggested by Rohr’s emails, The Choice by Holocaust survivor Edith Eger. An excellent complement to the latter was What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey, which makes clear how traumatic experiences form us and discusses how to bring balance and healing into our relationships.
Fiction-wise, I felt like I needed some light entertainment (but not lacking in depth), so for that books by Margery Sharp, Barbara Pym, and Diana Wynne Jones are always a reliable choice. I also read a dynamite new historical novel set in the brothels of ancient Pompeii, The Wolf Den. And I enjoyed participating in HeavenAli’s Daphne Du Maurier Reading Week with DDM’s memoir Myself When Young, which offered insight into the making of a writer.
- I asked, How are you doing with the block editor? I was doing OK, with some frustrations, but now I’m getting a “JSON response” message all the time. Any advice on this is appreciated.
- I shared my review of Featherweight at Shiny New Books.
- Make me read it: I asked for help choosing my next book to read in French.
- I reviewed last month’s “make me read it selection,” Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.
- And I also reviewed four books by Stella Gibbons in Beyond Cold Comfort.
- Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating
- The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper
- Der Räuber Hotzenplotz by Otfried Preußler
- Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
- Myself When Young by Daphne Du Maurier
- What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
- Rhododendron Pie by Margery Sharp
- Swiss Watching by Diccon Bewes
- Scandalous Alchemy by Katy Moran
- The Choice by Edith Eger
- The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne
- Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones – Reread
- Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
I finished a book in German — the classic children’s tale Der Räuber Hotzenplotz! At some point I stopped translating unknown words and started just getting as much as I could, and found I could basically follow the story if not every detail. That made reading a lot more fun. I’m looking forward to a readalong in July of Die Kleine Hexe, another beloved book by the same author.
I asked blog readers to tell me what book I should read next in French and ended up with L’étranger by Albert Camus. It’s an important book I’m sure I’ll be glad to have read, but I was hoping for something a bit lighter, so I hope I’ll have time for the runner-up, Maigret à New York by Georges Simenon. It’s all part of my Summer in Other Languages challenge, which I hope will give a boost to my language learning.
This month, I had the hard drive replaced in my computer and was amazed by the difference! No more crashing, hanging or stalling — which had been an issue since I bought this used MacBook two years ago, but had suddenly gotten so bad I could barely do anything before having to restart. Looks like I had a faulty component from the beginning, but now all is well. If only all problems in life could be so easily solved.
I offered a poem in honor of Mother’s Day — Mother as bridge, as a way to move between worlds, symbol of the sacrifice and hope that are always giving birth to the future. Finding our right way in that activity is always a challenge, and I’m grateful for all the real and symbolic mothers in my life.
What are you struggling with, or what brought you relief this month?