What with work taking up 40 or so hours a week and rehearsals taking up another 20 (and commuting between both taking yet another 18), I haven’t had much time for reading this month. But I did manage to steal a few minutes here and there. Here’s what I’ve been reading in June:
Conversations with McCartney (Paul du Noyer, 2015 – Amazon.com)
As a Beatles fan since my teenage years, I found this book a delight to read. The author – a music journalist – has been interviewing Paul McCartney since the mid-1990s. This book is a compilation of those interviews, organized by topic. You get insights into how Paul felt to lose one band, create then break up another, and keep on touring and creating music throughout it all. He talks about John – their relationship and John’s tragic death – and his relationship with Linda, his late (first) wife. One of the most amusing bits was about how his kids were embarrassed to have him talk about his glory days in front of their friends: “DAD! No one wants to hear about the Beatles! Ugh!!”
Come Rain or Come Shine (Jan Karon, 2016 – Amazon.com)
I have long loved the fictional town of Mitford, North Carolina. Jan Karon has written 11 books about the town and its inhabitants so far; Come Rain or Come Shine is the twelfth in the series. The wedding of Dooley and Lace – referred to as “The Big Knot” in the book – is one that readers have been waiting for pretty much since Dooley Russell appeared in the first book (At Home in Mitford) as an eleven-year-old boy, looking for a place to “take a dump.” Next to Father Tim’s own wedding to Cynthia, this is probably the most looked-forward-to event in the town’s most recent history. And attendees are not disappointed. While it may be a “small country wedding,” we find there’s really no such thing as a small country wedding, especially when there’s a country vet practice to get off the ground, a new bull on the farm, a stormy forecast despite the buried bottle of bourbon (a Southern tradition?), and who in the world is Jack Tyler?
Gifts of Imperfection (Brené Brown, 2010 – Amazon.com)
This is a wonderful book – full of insights and inspiration and good advice! In here, Brené Brown offers 10 guideposts to living the “Wholehearted Life” – authenticity, self-compassion, resilience, gratitude & joy, intuition & faith, creativity, play & rest, calm & stillness, meaningful work, and laughter, song & dance. One thing I learned about halfway through, however – you need to take notes! Even though I was reading carefully, by the time I had gotten to Cultivating Gratitude, I had already forgotten what the recommendations were for Cultivating Authenticity. The best part is that she gives you actionable steps and makes you think about how to apply the guideposts into your (already hectic) life. I’d recommend taking one guidepost at a time and practicing it for a week, so you don’t get overwhelmed trying to do it all at once! 🙂
Currently Reading: Breathing Water by T. Greenwood
I’ll post more about this book in next month’s “What I’m Reading,” but so far I have to say I am in love with Greenwood’s style of writing. It flows. It has rhythm and music to it, and it paints images vividly in your head and heart.