Thursday, February 22, 2018

Taking a Break

There has been a little disruption in my life (nothing terrible), and I have been derailed. My attentions have been elsewhere. I am still reading - though at a much slower pace - and while I have finished a few books, I have not made the effort or time to write.



Regretfully, I have lost interest in and put aside reading the remainder of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. (I'm so sorry, Hamlette.) I do not know if it is the genre or what, but I could not feel excited about it. I think I wanted to feel that way, like everyone else in my life - like my kids and my close friend - but it never happened. So I put it aside, and maybe I will try another time.

I am still not even halfway through with City of God, but I will keep chugging along; however, come April, I may have to begin the next book on the WEM list, even if I am not done with Augustine, which may or may not be a good idea. I did finish Little House on the Prairie, and a few books I am reading with my kids, as well as a couple of thin books about Charlotte Mason education. Currently, I am reading Mason's fourth book, Ourselves, and I picked up Jane Austen The World of Her Novels, by Deirdre Le Faye, and have been casually reading. (I believe I learned of this one from Hamlette.)



It seems this year I am more interested in rereading books that I know and love. And since I have been obsessed with Charlotte Mason, I am reading and studying everything on her philosophy, and reorganizing my whole next school year, which is months and months away. But that is where all of my heart is, and so I have not been a very dutiful book blogger. Plus, I am always busy with homeschooling, driving kids to (fill in the blank), and taking care of my family. 



And then . . . 
         
          I saw Fanda's Zoladdiction and thought, 

                      Hmmm . . . I'd really love to reread Germinal again . . .

See how I get into conundrums? 

Well, for now, I am still here, but not very active. Hope to get out of my slump soon.  Until then, happy reading.

12 comments:

  1. When I saw your post title, I said to myself: Really, Ruth? Not even for Zola? :D
    Anyway, I know the feeling; I have been there too last year with the moving business. I ended up reading some casual (popular) books, but then I missed tackling more serious books, and finally came back to classics. What I wanted to say is, just taking your time, read what you really want to read, and at some point you will miss your active blogging life again.

    I do wish you'd join Zoladdiction, but it's you choice, of course. :)

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    1. Yes, I remember, Fanda; and you finally recovered and now have a lovely little reading space in your new home.

      And as for Zola, it's still over a month away. I'm very tempted.

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  2. I'm in pretty much the same boat, though I've managed a couple of posts. Life is being quite interesting, yep. Good luck, Ruth, and I look forward to seeing more from you when things are calmer.

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    1. And you've been working on that beautiful Tardis quilt, too. You've been busy.

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  3. It's so important to take breaks, lest blogging become a burden. I hope you read some books you really love, and take care of yourself!

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  4. Obviously I get it. Reread those favorites.

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  5. I’ve been reading as usual but finding it hard to sit down & write anything. Even though I’m only homeschooling one, this year has been so full and I feel everything is rushed. Probably I’m slowing down too. I just don’t seem to be able to fit everything in that I use to even when I was teaching 7. Enjoy your re-reads. X

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  6. LOTR is not for everyone and sometimes you have to be in a certain season in your life. I first read the trilogy in my twenties and it filled me with wonder. When the movies came out I felt that same wonder all over again. A couple of years ago I read them and the feeling wasn't there. Maybe I had read them too many times. I don't know.

    Raising kids always comes first. I'm impressed you can read as much and home school. When my son was growing up, I mostly read classic children's lit because we read together every evening. It was good for me because when I was his age I mostly read comic books so I was reading a lot of the books for the first time for myself.

    Have a restful break!

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    1. I hear ya. If it wasn't for homeschooling my kids, I wouldn't have begun to read the classics on my own. Almost half my rea books on Goodreads are because of what I read with them for school.

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