I’m absolutely loving The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert. I’m only 40 pages in, but so far I am hooked and looking forward to learning more about Nan and her adopted daughter, Bay. Perhaps the most engaging aspect of the novel for me is the garden. This time of year I just yearn for anything that transports me to the seasons of growth and workable dirt.
I am working on a cowl for my sister. The pattern is beautiful and fun to knit. I’ve been so sleepy lately (this growing baby is really taking it out of me) that this simple project is taking much longer than it should 🙂
What are you reading and working on?
Here’s a peek at what I’ve been reading…
I’ve been considering ordering Seven Times the Sun by Shea Darian for several months now. I looked at my local libraries and it was not available, so I waited and considered if I really wanted to buy this book. I decided if I was still thinking about it after months of sitting in my Amazon shopping cart, I should just hold my breath and click complete order on Amazon. I’m glad I did. It’s a nice reference to turn to in moments of transition and stress. It brings me back to thinking about moments in my day and what makes some smooth and some jagged and stressful. It reminds me to plan transitions and rhythms for everyone’s peace and sanity.
Last month I finally got around to watching my DVRed American Masters: J.D. Salinger on PBS. It captivated me and really inspired me to pull out my old 6th edition of The Catcher in the Rye (received as a gift in the days after high school when I first fell in love with the book). It is a fun read after so many years. It is reminding me of how I felt as a teenager and renewing my empathy and faith that despite our many differences and varied experiences in life, there is a thread of human experience that is woven through us all. We’re all connected.
I just picked up The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley from the library the other day. I had been waiting for it to come in for a month or so. I opened it up Tuesday night and devoured it in 1 day! I haven’t read a book that fast in a long time. While I didn’t agree with all of the points the author made (namely her fixation with rigor) I found the descriptions of education in other countries fascinating. The book follows 3 exchange students from America living and studying in 3 high-achieving countries (based on scores from an international critical thinking test, PISA): Finland, South Korea, and Poland. I’m a nerd when it comes to ethnographic studies like this, and I’m always absurdly interested in education.
Happy reading to you all! I hope spring finds us all reading in the open air soon…