Turning Pages

image of the book cover of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods is a forest and the head of a bear peeking into view at the bottom of the frame.I know they exist because other people mention them, but I never had one. A summer reading list that is. Maybe because my family was already making regular trips to the library and bookstore and bookmobile, my teachers knew not to slip one inside my final report card. Who knows. But the reading mosquito bit me early and the infection never went away.

As we walk the dogs at night, the lightning bugs blink and the humidity makes my shirt stick to my back, it’s officially summertime. And summertime leads to periods of free time. Whether we travel somewhere or I’m passing an evening at home, books are my favored entertainment. Recently I finished Calypso by David Sedaris and The Outsider by Stephen King. Last week in anticipation of some warm weather hiking, I cracked open Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods again.  Now I’m rereading Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. RIP, chef. I may not have had a summer reading list, but I’m always adding to my To Be Read list.

There are many ways to read with low vision. Large print books work for some people, but I prefer ebooks and audiobooks. I wrote about how I read with low vision here  and write book reviews from time to time as well if you’re interested. Meanwhile, what books are you reading? If you’re not reading, what are you consuming to entertain yourself? Tell me about it.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. My wife Sandy can read 5 books to my 1, but the point is there are always books we want to read. I mostly do ebooks, so I can control the print and the brightness, but audiobooks are good, too.

    Over a year ago Sandy realized that we had 200 TV channels and had not watched TV in 6 months. She called and shut off the cable.

    1. Sandy cut the cord. Good choice.

  2. Casee says:

    I just finished Jim Butcher’s Brief Cases. It is a series of short stories about characters from his Dresden Files series. It falls under the category of urban fiction. I’ve read all the books in the series and they are just fun. He’s builds a wonderful supernatural world based in Chicago, Illinois. It’s a difficult series to jump into without having read the first book Storm Front. I think once a person gets a taste of his world they will want to continue. The actor that does the audiobooks for the series is James Marsters. He played Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. He does an outstanding job.

  3. I do agree with you. For me being faced with a book list is like a big plate of food….I instantly lose my appetite. However, it is fun to come across a new writer and I am thoroughly enjoying Calypso. Thank you Susan. I have recently read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Corruption by Barbara Nadel and A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark. All very different and interesting. Next in line The History of Bees. All these listened to on audio. Susan, you have jogged my conscience..will get back to the reviews. Loved your blog.

    1. Bridget, looking forward to hearing more about your reading. Always enjoy your reviews. And if you have any thoughts on David Sedaris constantly picking up all that roadside rubbish I’d love to hear it, too.

  4. I now realise I had heard about David Sedaris and the rubbish grabber. A man ahead of his time. We are seeing more and more images of animals choking on plastic and more people are doing their bit to pick up litter. It’s a good obsession to have and clearly has its interesting aspects for him!

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