I have been making a conscious effort lately to close my laptop, turn off my tv, ignore my endless to-do list and sit down and read. I remember summers as I child I would find any place I could to hide and escape into Harriet’s spy world, Anne’s Green Gables, or Laura Ingall’s prairie. I climbed trees, books tucked in the back of my shorts, or hid in the shed in the back of the yard, my own secret reading hideout. I was the girl with 3 flashlights, only 2 that my parents knew about.
It is easy in my adulthood to put the books aside for the responsibilities of life. I am building websites, working multiple jobs, attempting to keep my apartment in a state of cleanliness and order. But along with all of these important jobs and obligations, I have decided to start prioritizing my relaxing reading time right along with everything else. I am so glad I have.
Sometimes I still need to escape this world and try out someone else’s for a while, especially when triple digit heat and a world blanketed in brown, dry earth starts to weigh down on my soul. I just finished reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. It was my second time reading it and I was amazed at how my perspective on it had changed. I didn’t buy Kingsolver’s agenda as much as I did when I was in my younger 20’s, but I always fall in love with the way she weaves her characters, languages, themes and words together. Her descriptions immediately transported me to the mountains of Virginia and the smells of green, growing life; a much needed remedy.
What have you been reading this summer?