“I want to savor long whatever time holds.” – Ann Voskamp
Sitting outside on the perfect spring day— when you don’t feel temperature hitting skin, only a soft breeze and green leaves fluttering under singing birds and a yard scattered with wildflowers— there is no hope to focus on a book in-hand. Instead, I give up trying to read in such a moment. Writers may capture these glimmers, but you have to feel them for yourself, to soak them in, right?
Perhaps weather like today is why my reading list is a little more sporadic than usual. Of late, I’ve finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (I know, I know—I’m late), Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (highly recommended to those living in Appalachia or just curious), Boundaries in Dating by Henry Cloud and John Townsend (eh, yes—I admitted to that on a public blog but if you’re single, this has some great wisdom), A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (again, late to the party but I couldn’t resist after a lovely talk she did with Christy Knockels and Rebekah Lyons here in Nashville), and Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham (because, hello, Gilmore Girls).
Most of the books speak for themselves— they’re timely or on the NYT bestseller list— but Harry Potter? Why now?
For one, I read a lot for work, so choosing what I read just to read takes careful consideration. But after years of refusing to read Harry Potter (much to the horror of my colleagues in Children’s books—I get rebellious when I’m told I have to read something), I must say, it’s lovely. And to my editor friend who told me she would read Anne of Green Gables if I would read Harry Potter, we’re finally even.
I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone within a couple of days travel though— the final few pages in-between excited remarks of a woman on a last-minute trip home to meet her newborn grand-baby (again, spring and new life!).
My upcoming reads will include Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker. I received an advanced reading copy from work and after just watching The Invisible Sisters on PBS, I’m in a Bronte kick and happen to love a good backstory. Then comes The Zookeeper’s Wife (thanks for the pick, book club!).
So my questions after this post, include: have you read Hillbilly Elegy, and if so, what did you think of his social commentary?
And why did you first start reading the Harry Potter books? What do they mean to you?