Dr. Suess wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” George R.R. Martin has written, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” And in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee wrote, “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” Like these (and many other) authors, I too find reading to be essential, transportive, and transformative. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, and I find that when I make time for myself to read, I am happier and more relaxed.
Especially now, during the pandemic where travel and other options are circumscribed like never before, a good book can take you out of the monotony of everyday life to somewhere else entirely. I personally love novels, but there are so many genres and options to choose from. There truly is a book out there for everyone.
Each year, my New Years resolution is to read at least two books a month. I fell woefully short of that goal in 2020, but 2021 has been a productive reading year for me thus far. I am almost through with Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell, which I cannot recommend enough. It is a beautiful book. I also just finished and enjoyed Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman. If you’re looking for something to read, some of my other favorite books are: Circe by Madeline Miller; Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (the book is far, far better than the Netflix adaptation); The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende; the Harry Potter series (I just love them all); The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; and The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. Happy reading!
Blog post by partner Marghretta Shisko. Click here to learn more about Marghretta.
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