Stack of Books.

I have to apologize to my three readers.  I haven’t blogged in a week.  In the last week I”ve also ignored all the taunting weeds in my yard and I’ve skipped two training sessions I”m supposed to be logging for my first 10K.      

The reason for my absence is simple.   I was reading.   I had books in a stack looking at me.   I’m a compulsive reader.   I devour books.  Always have.   This is especially true when I have a stack of books that I want to read.   The stack keeps looking at me and I keep reading.   I remember one Christmas when I was about ten that I received maybe eight books from various relatives.   I surfaced sometime after the New Year.

This last stack started with Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. The Third Reich.    All 591 pages of this book are as daunting as the title.    It was hard to get into and had more detail than I usually like.    However, reading it sharpened my focus.   Bonhoeffer was the kind of person that stood for the truth regardless of the cost.  I want to be that kind of person.   It’s a scary thing to want.

After Bonhoeffer, I read Jill Williamson’s newest book, From Darkness Won.   It’s the final book in The Blood of Kings trilogy.     The two other books in the trilogy, By Darkness Hid and To Darkness Fled both won Christy awards.   I’m terribly impressed with my friend who is an amazing author.     You should read her books.

Next in the stack was my bookclub book for the month.    I didn’t like it.  I’m not going to blog about it.     

One of the problems when I read is that I tend to tune everything else out.      

When I was about twelve we went on vacation to the Grand Canyon.   My parents were thrilled to hear me oohing and ahhing as we drove around the rim.   They were thrilled until they looked in the back seat and saw that I had my nose deep in the travel guide and was exclaiming about the photos while I ignored the real thing.     I do have to say in my defence that the photographers were excellent. 

In the last week I’ve read until almost two in the morning three different times.   This really has got to stop.   However, I’d like to tell you that I enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy and whatever random detective novel I’m in the middle of now is enthralling.  Obviously it’s going to be memerable since I can’t currently remember the title.  Must be lack of sleep.

I asked my spouse if he’d be happy to have his wife back when I finished this novel.   He rolled his eyes slightly, smiled and said “sure, until the next book shows up”.     Does anyone else do this?

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12 responses to “Stack of Books.

  1. Corrie

    I love your blog! I’m so glad to be one of your 3 readers. 🙂

  2. Andrea

    You definitely have more than 3 readers! I read blogs….might be a bit of a blog addict…yours is one of the most thoughtful, well-written blogs out there!!

  3. I love your blog as well. And I wish I were a reader like you, my mom, my sister, etc. I feel like I’m missing out!

  4. I love your blog, and I am happy to be one of your readers as well 🙂

  5. Bekah

    I’m in your shoes right now Mindy!! I have about 75 pages of one book to go and I’m itching to read the next book in my stack. Best not to interrupt me when I’m reading a good book 🙂 When I was little my mom would tell me to put my book down and go outside to enjoy the nice weather…I would instead take the book, climb up a tree, and read where I couldn’t be bothered. Enjoy your books!

  6. I, too, am a voracious reader. I will read & reread some of my favorites. I have stayed up to all hours of the night when enrapt by a good book. I’m fortunate enough to be married to someone that understands the enthrall of books. Of course, he’s got his e-reader & I can’t quite give up my paperbacks (though I do realize how much paper could be saved if I did). That’s one habit of ours that I’m glad the kids have picked up. I will have to add Jill Wiliamson to my must-read list.

    P.S. I’m pretty sure you’ve got a flock of readers. I, myself, have read & reread several of your blog posts. You have a way with words that I fell in love with while reading your Rwanda posts, and I’m so glad that you’ve taken up this additional outlet.

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