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Read Every Day: Week 3

I’m riding the new year train into week 3 of my goal to read every day!

The sharing component is definitely a big motivator for me: on days when I don’t feel like I have time to read, knowing that I have an unbroken string of days (and photos) keeps me going. You can find these pics in my Instagram Stories too (although they disappear after 24 hours), but on the blog I’m also adding a brief note.

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Here’s a look at what I read in Week 3 of 2018!

Day 15: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This book has gotten under my skin and I can’t stop reading. Although I agree with so much of the author’s thoughts, his life as a black man is so different from my own experience; it’s heartbreaking that we both live in the same country.

Day 16: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I curled up on the couch while the snow fell to finish reading this during nap time (and OK, during lunch and playtime too). Very powerful reading experience, although certainly not easy or comfortable.

Day 17: The Principles of Uncertainty, by Maira Kalman

After finishing a heavy book, I usually reach for a graphic novel or YA/children’s lit as a palette cleanser, and I’ve been meaning to read this one since I found it on my last trip to McKay’s. I didn’t realize it was such a quick read, and I finished it within a few hours, but I’m still processing what I think of it. I loved the colors and a unique look into one artist’s mind, but the stream-of-consciousness and the sheer specificity of her life was a little bizarre. I think I liked it though.

Day 18: After Many Years: Twenty-One “Long Lost” Stories, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christy Woster

This collection of short stories showcases a variety of L.M. Montgomery’s works that haven’t been shared since their original publications in magazines throughout her career. It looks like I’ll have to slog through quite a few stories she submitted to “Sunday School papers” early in her career, but her writing always draws me right into her world.

Day 19: After Many Years: Twenty-One “Long Lost” Stories, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christy Woster

I appreciate the notations at the end of each short story explaining a bit about where the story fits into the context of L.M. Montgomery’s personal life and career, although I’m much more curious about the researchers who are credited with “finding” the stories; I want that job!

Day 20: After Many Years: Twenty-One “Long Lost” Stories, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christy Woster

Comfort reading for sure, although some stories feel more dated than others. I’ve read all of the previously published short story collections, so I’m aware that Montgomery used many ideas in her short stories that she later adapted for her novels, so I’m not disappointed that I’ve seen many of the plot points before, but the treacly morality lessons are a bit tedious. I’m hoping that the stories from later in her career will have more depth.

Day 21: After Many Years: Twenty-One “Long Lost” Stories, by L.M. Montgomery, edited by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christy Woster

Not much time to read today, which is why these short stories are handy. The weather was so nice that I actually sat outside to read a bit; it’s crazy that in one week we’ve gone from below-freezing to springlike temps!

What are you reading? I’d love to hear about it!

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