I own a lot of books. Most of them are paper and bindings, but some of them are stashed on a plain old Kindle. I love to read.
Only, for a year, maybe longer, I hardly read at all because my concentration failed me. During the months while my husband was interviewing for a job and then after he accepted the job and moved, it was all I could do just to read a few blogs on my phone. The magazines stacked up, unread. I couldn’t make it through a novel. I just couldn’t follow along. Reading became impossible.
But now we’ve been in this house almost a year. I’m starting to settle in. I picked up a book not long ago, a book I’d heard about directly from the author, Stephanie Kallos. I was lucky enough to hear her speak at a conference. She passed around a photograph of a grand piano in a field. A tornado had picked up that piano and deposited it in that unlikely place.
And that photograph inspired her to write Sing Them Home. And so when I looked at my bookshelf, that’s the book I picked out to read.
When I finished it, I read the thank-yous she posted in the back. She mentioned Sue Monk Kidd by name. So, I followed that trail and located the book, Traveling with Pomegranates, on my shelf. I bought it new because I love memoirs and I like Sue Monk Kidd’s “voice.”
So, that’s what I read.
Sue Monk Kidd described in that memoir how she came to write The Secret Life of Bees, which prompted me to find my copy and begin reading it when I finished the memoir.
Now I am halfway through The Secret Life of Bees. I think when I’m done I will read her Mermaid book, unless I find some other trail to follow.
Do you do this? Choose books as they point you to another book in some way? I also like to read all the books a particular author has written, in chronological order, although sometimes that gets tricky.
What are you reading? How do you choose what to read next?