It’s a chilly New England day today. We woke to bright sunny skies, that quickly gave way to snow squalls. A nice day to share a few of the books that I am reading as part of my Day Zero Project. If you are new to the blog and aren’t familiar with my Day Zero Project, you can read about it here and more here.
I’m finishing up Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses. What an amazing read this is! I loved that the book is NOT a yoga guide, but a memoir about attachment-parenting, feminism, and divorce with a bit of yoga kicked in for good measure. This book reads fast, and I was constantly waiting and wanting to know what was happening on the next page!
The book that preceded Poser? The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. I’ll have to admit, I wanted to toss this one to the side as I struggled to make my way through the early chapters. I didn’t want to spend time reading about someone organizing their closets! Encouraged by a friend, I stuck with it. And, I’m happy that I did. I found that the subject of her book – becoming genuinely happy – is part of the reason I began the Day Zero Project. While the author is quite quirky, I found grew to like her the more that I read. She taught me an important lesson – the days are long, but the years are short. I remind myself of this when the days seem like they’ll never end!
Another book that I couldn’t put down was The Help! If you haven’t read it, which I’d be fairly shocked if you haven’t, this is a must read. Set during such a troubled, embarassing time of our country’s history, we’re exposed to how relationships likely were in many homes. The humiliation that maids were subject to daily made me cringe, yet I still had to turn more pages as I was longing for more.
I am struggling to get through 11/22/63. While I enjoy Stephen King and have an interest in the Kennedy assassination, I cannot seem to read more than a few pages of this at a whack. Perhaps it is because King has filled each page with several details, my imagination is forced to paint a picture of simpler times.
What books have you read recently? Is there a favorite you would recommend to me? How are you doing with your Day Zero Project or New Year’s Resolutions?