Happy St Patrick’s Day! Usually, we make corned beef and cabbage and have soda bread but this year is a bit more regular and simple. I wore my green to a workshop on Friday.
An app called Readwise is linked to my Amazon account and therefore my kindle. I receive a once a week email including some of the highlights I have made in the books that I have read.
Here are some of the highlights I received this week. It is an interesting look into my reading history.
As a writing exercise, I will take a couple of these quotes and use them as freewriting prompts.
|10% Happier by Dan Harris|
Working for Peter was like sticking your head in a lion’s mouth:
thrilling, but not particularly safe. (Location 182)Y
This book was recommended to me by a coworker. It was interesting and I liked reading about meditation but it did not change my behavior around the practice. I did really like this line though.
|The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah|
She wanted to bottle how safe she felt in this moment, so she could
drink of it later when loneliness and fear left her parched. (Location 284)
I read The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See right after each other. I wished I could bottle safety myself and wish I would have written this line!
|Dear Life by Alice Munro|
In fact they embraced it, diving into it and wrapping the familiar
words round their tongues as if they were a candy that could last forever. (Location 209)
Being a short story writer I love Alice Munro. I only recently learned of her so this is a more recent read. I love words and the idea of them being candy like resonated with me.
|Inside the Box by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg|
Subtraction works by eliminating an essential component of a system (a product or process). (Location 706)
This book was recommended by a speaker at the International Reading Association conference. It was about problem solving and was fascinating. I have gone back to this book on many occasions.
|A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman|
Year’s resolution was to live his life like it’s an art project. (Location 2175)
Ah! Emily! If you are a reader of my blog you know I LOVE Emily P Freeman. I love projects and challenges and loved the equation of life to the project.
|We Wanted to Be Writers by Eric Olsen, Glenn Schaeffer, and |
Or try to walk, a walking meditation. Don’t talk. That scares away the light. (Location 3293)Y
I found out about the Iowa Writing Workshop from Oprah actually. Once I learned about this writing mecca I searched for everything I could read about the program and the writers. This book is only one of them.
|A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit|
The stories shatter. Or you wear them out or leave them behind.
Over time the story or the memory loses its power. Over time you
become someone else. (Location 1348)
Solnit is a beautiful writer. I adore her patterns and style. Her words speak to me in a very mindful way.
|Tangerine by Christine Mangan|
Tangier and Lucy were the same, I thought. Both unsolvable riddles
that refused to leave me in peace. (Location 1632)
This was a book about friendship – or the illusion of it at least. I loved this line.
|Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica|
Effective teaching is a constant process of adjustment… (Location 1724)
Ken Robinson! Oh yes! His books are fantastic and I love to hear his presentations on YouTube. He is brilliant.
|Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford|
He’d do what he always did, find the sweet among the bitter. (Location 4260)Y
Such is life, yes? I read this book for a book club years ago. I would have never picked it up otherwise.
Thanks for reading and looking into a slice of my reading life! It is fun to revisit lines that struck me as I read. I am looking forward to the writing later too!
Happy Irish Sunday!
Note: I wrote my coffee share post yesterday – if you are looking for it it is day 16 this week.