Reading is an outlet, a way to de-stress, a way to learn, a way to explore, a way to engage or disengage . . . and it is always worthwhile.
One of the most valuable things I learned in college and graduate school is how to read books in tandem. Before those periods, I would fall into one book or one series and read through to the end. I had total immersion skills y'all. College presented the challenge of reading several books at once. It's a little different from total immersion, but I have found that reading in tandem helps me see what I am reading more objectively.
Here is what is on my reading shelf right now:
|Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, I Still Dream About You, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook, American Terroir|
- Haiti: The Aftershocks of History looks interesting and the introduction seems promising. I have an academic fascination with Haiti because of its history.
- I have already sailed through I Still Dream About You. Generally, if Fannie Flagg wrote it, I'll read it. It's a bit like reading ethnography even though she writes fiction. Her writing is like a window into another world, even though she writes about things and places that I know. Fascinating.
- I have also paged through The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. I am determined to cook something from this one because we just got a great deal on a seconds cast iron wok from the Lodge Outlet Store in Commerce.
- I haven't started American Terroir, but I might start on that soon. I'm a sucker for books about food or chefs or books about food written by chefs.
- Bonus: Another great read was Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton.
I generally link to Amazon for books for two reasons:
- Most of the books I purchase are for my Kindle
- Books I don't purchase generally come from my local public library. Library inventories can vary but you can probably always find what you are looking for on Amazon.