Having started with Guards! Guards! I found myself continuing on through the series up through The Fifth Elephant. I am reading other books in the meantime, actual new ones that I will write proper posts for, soon.
30. Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows. This is a really interesting book, and I find my own difficulty in digesting and applying its concepts frustrating. I think I just need to… think about it more? Digest it more? Maybe try writing about it?
31. Guards, Guards! Pratchett is my go-to comfort author. When I want something to read before bed, something that’s like a mental cup of herbal tea, Discworld is there.
32. The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin. I have owned this book for so long that the cover is bleached — memento of a reading list of classic women SF/F authors that I never actually got around to, er, reading any of. I finally opened this up last week and was blown away by the deftness and depth of her writing. No wonder this won (really) all the awards.
Last year I read 30 books, so things are looking good for my 2021 reading numbers.
I don’t know why we have this one and no other Terry Pratchett books here at the lake, but we do, and I re-read it almost every year as a result. I’ve had some trouble sleeping this week, so this has been a kindly distraction.
One thing I have managed to do in the course of this weird summer is read. Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking takes me a few further steps (ha) along the trail I have been following with Kimmerer, Abrams, and Odell. Call it a reaction against the virtualization of so much of life due to the pandemic, but my non-fiction reading has centered life in the physical world, in the body as a site of movement and volition. It has been about slowing down, stepping back, conserving space in which one can exist as a physical entity in relation to other physical entities, whether those are Odell’s birds or Kimmerer’s mosses or the sidewalks, streets, and paths.Continue reading “28. Wanderlust”
Long-time readers may remember that last summer I came up with a three-year plan for my life. I was about to start a new job, and I had been spending a lot of time thinking about what I wanted and how I might get there. It has now been one year, so how are things going? I had four concrete goal areas and one wishy-washy one.