As more dreadful and inconceivably cruel events confront us in the news, reading and blogging increasingly feel like whistling in the dark. Is this pursuit too frivolous to continue? What good does it do, in times such as these?
I can’t answer for you, but it still does do me good. A powerful post from Roof Beam Reader (who moved to Las Vegas just two months ago) spoke eloquently about words and connection and carrying on. At Reading the End, there’s a new chance to share “Something on Sunday” that gave us joy or kept us going. And in my reading, I am constantly meeting striving, hurting, hoping people who inspire me to try to live my own life a little better every day.
Sometimes I just need to read something that helps me to escape the overwhelming, insoluble problems of the world, it’s true. But ultimately I don’t feel that reading and blogging are escapist pursuits. By freeing us from outer circumstances for a while, they lead us into an inner world where we can gain strength for the struggle again.
Words can fail us at at times, when even reading and writing and speaking can no longer bring consolation. But for now, they are part of my lifeline. What about you? What has kept you going this month?
- Rereading The Return of the Native reminded me of the strange fascination in Hardy’s fatalistic novels.
- I shared some highlights from My Contemporary Reading Adventure.
- I finally read a lovely fantasy classic with a timely message, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.
Other Books Read
- Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie – Mount TBR
- Cocktail Time by P. G. Wodehouse
- The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands – Mount TBR
- Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan – Around the World, Mount TBR
- Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance – Review to come
- The Little Grey Men by B.B. – Mount TBR
- The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – Reread, Mount TBR
- Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
- One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi – Around the World, Mount TBR
- Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym
Other Features and Events
- For Blogging the Spirit, a movie musical approach to the eternal question What Is Love?
- And in preparation for Witch Week, I asked, What are your favorite Arthurian books?