Hello friends and happy Friday! Even though it’s been a week (which at times felt like longer … and at times seemed like just a few days?!) since I’ve posted here, yep, it’s still July. Those daisies above are a nice metaphor for my mood right now – a bit beaten down by the recent downpours (actual rain, news?!, navigating new relationships at church 🙂 ), a bit faded (and loving how the spent petals are a lovely shade of purple in the early sunshine), a bit standing straight, arms(petals) wide open, and a face pointed toward the sun. I know I’ve shared versions of that metaphor here before … but usually this feeling happens in August. Still. July!
Thinking about … what my Favorites bookshelf tells me about what I should be reading.
I started thinking about this Monday evening – in July, my church bookclub has a social gathering in lieu of a book discussion. I found myself in a conversation about “favorite books of the year”. 1. Treasure Island 2. (me) Lonesome Dove (could’ve been Middlemarch?) 3. Pride & Prejudice. That’s some serious backlist. and my Favorites shelf tells a similar story. I am looking forward to a handful of new releases this year (and I am excited about Tuesday’s Booker Long List announcement!!) … and I am wanting to take a deep dive into books that folks have already been talking about for 50-100 years.
Grateful for … audiobooks and shallow learning curves. I started my Santa Fe JiJi on July 9 …
and thanks to Bloomsbury Girls, Finding Freedom, Quiet, Cartographers, Book Lovers, and A Mind to Murder, I am nearly done (105 rows in) with sleeve #2. I loved every single one of those books. and I’m sure it’s not just because I was knitting.
Inspired by … my August 1 trip to Santa Fe to research “curl friendly” hair products, especially leave-in conditioners. y’all, this is A Thing. If ANYONE reading this blog lives somewhere where it’s dry AND you have curly hair, please let me know in the comments!
Finished!!! … books shelved, yarn binned. done!
The week did throw me some real curveballs – I ended up spending way more time on church stuff (some energizing and some … not so much) and maybe I just need to start planning that into my week? but for now I’m happy it’s Friday, and I have time this weekend to catch up with y’all. Here’s to making this the best weekend available for all of us!