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A friend and I share what we're reading through email occasionally,  but I thought it might be fun to share my thoughts here, as well. I miss having a space online for these more personal things; I feel like the past few years have been so focused on the jewelry business that I didn't have the time to compress here; to release and reflect. I'm doing it now. 

Here's what I read back in March; my goal has been to read four books a month (or one a week), but April was extremely busy for me at the library, so I had to put leisure reading on the back burner. Busy in a good way, I should mention--I hosted a teen poetry slam for the community and we ended up having 17 teens perform to an audience of nearly 70 people. An incredible show of community for our tiny town. 

I'm getting off topic, though. 

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling - The Office is one of my favorite television shows, but I've never seen The Mindy Project. A friend loaned me the book so I felt obliged to see it through. There are bits and pieces that are quite entertaining, but overall, I didn't like it. Mindy is, no doubt, an incredibly strong and successful woman, and I enjoyed getting to know her better as an individual, but I don't think celebrity memoirs are for me. Pass. 

In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore - I started this book a few years ago and never finished it (why, I have no idea). It's an incredible read, especially if you're just getting into the slow movement. By now, I've been immersing myself in the practice as much as possible for a few years so it had a repetitive nature to it, but regardless, the concept really resonates with me, and Honore does a wonderful job covering all aspects of life, from food and sex to work and sport. 

The Stargazer's Sister by Carrie Brown - The cover is what drew me, but the story is what captured me. I love learning about history through a slightly fictionalized book; it breathes so much more life into it, enough that it makes me pursue independent study after I'm done. Otherwise, I typically avoid history (working on this). Caroline Herschel was an amazing woman who led an early/pre-feminist life--refusing to be a wife or spinster, but instead, a student of science and music. Her relationship with her brother is multidimensional and complex, but endearing; and Brown's writing style is simplistic but so beautiful. 

Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver - I don't think I've ever met someone who doesn't like Oliver. This was a re-read for me, but I often feel that poetry is something I can easily come back to again and again and find something new. I love discovering that one line that gets stuck in your head, exploring the abstract concepts. Oliver is easy to read and captivating in her approachable yet inspiring way. 

Currently, I'm working my way through Atonement by Ian McEwan and Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. At a crossroads where I don't know what to pick up after these for the month, I just have so many on my list. See my Pinterest board for ideas. What would you recommend?