Recently, as you may have noticed if you've looked at my booklist, I've been primarily reading non-fiction. Light non-fiction. Nothing academic or hard to read. More self-helpish books than I've ever read. Okay, so they aren't self-help in the usual meaning, but if you look at the list you'll see what I mean. Things that I've not generally been drawn to in the past. Memoirs, yes, biographies, yes, books about food and hair and happiness? That's new for me. Have I suddenly turned hungry, vain, and giddy in my dotage? I barely cook and doing my hair = brushing it. (The hair book was really not as interesting as I'd expected. The book about pie, on the other hand, was a fun read - and had recipes, which I intended to copy before returning the book, but decided it could wait until fall when I want to turn the oven on again.)
The other day at the library I picked up a novel by Alexander McCall Smith, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, because I've so enjoyed the others in this series. (I love the way he writes about human foibles and how he captures a location by writing not about it, but about its inhabitants. It makes me want to visit Edinburgh reading this series.) I'm almost a quarter through....but I just have not got into it. Normally, I'd have devoured it in a day or two.
Maybe this summer, meaning in July when I'm at my mom's house, I'll check it out from her library. Or maybe I'll finish it before I go. The mood may hit in the next week. Reading is such an excellent way to while away* a hot afternoon. However, I have a book about escaping Nazi Germany and moving to China downstairs, too, so that may win. I guess it will depend on how tired I am from crafting at vbs next week.
I already have emailed myself a short list of books to look for when I'm away in July - just in case I don't think of any while I'm there (as if that has ever happened). A couple summers ago I read every Jane Austen I'd not already read. Oh, reminds me, there's a book called something like How Jane Austen Conquered the World that I wanted to check out, too. I need to add that to the list, because I don't think I'll have time to read it before I go.
*After I typed "while away," looking at it, I became unsure whether the word should be "while" or "wile," so I googled it. Both are used, but "while" is the older usage of the two, so I stuck with it. Googling is so incredibly handy, but such a time sucker because I always have to read at least three articles on a subject, not trusting that the first hit will be accurate.