This past week has been particularly bad in regards to my reading. I love to read and for some strange reason I am finding it hard to get any sort of meaningful reading done. I can spend time on the bus reading, but it seems that once I get home I can't get myself to get any sort of reading done, at least this week. Last week I seemed to get my book for my book club meeting done, but that was because I had a deadline and now it just seems that I can't get anything done this week. I have read quite a bit of The Night Circus and have enjoyed it, but it just seems that when I get home I watch TV until I go to bed. Maybe I am still trying to get over my dad's absence and it is harder than I thought it would be. It seems as though I am trying to replace his absence with TV. I can't even get myself to go through my Google reader when I am home and spend a little bit of time going through that. It almost seems like I have to force myself to read anything.
Any suggestions as to how I can read get back in the groove of reading again?
ETA: My dad is still alive, but has just relocated elsewhere and hence I don't see him as frequently.
I love podcasts. I love the information that I get to learn and how specific they can be. They are my connection to something that can be explainable in a world that is somewhat not explainable.
And ever since Books on the Nightstand announced that it was saying goodbye at the beginning of June, I have thought about my favourites. While I enjoy my bookish podcasts and they are generally the first to go if I don't enjoy the first couple of episodes, the vast majority of the podcasts that I listen to are history related (big shocker here), with a smattering of sports-related podcasts.
I have included links to the main pages of the various podcasts, so that if you aren't an iPhone user, you can check them out. And yes, all that I mention here over the next 3 days are all available in iTunes.
Title: Path of Lucas: The Journey He Endured
Author: Susanne Bellefeuille
Source: I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Description: Lucas Clarkson is a
simple man, a family man, and a hard working farmer's son. From a small
town in Eastern Ontario, the author, Susanne Bellefeuille, brings us on
Lucas's journey through the trials and tribulations of his life. Lucas's
path is not as simple as the man he's portrayed to be. From the days
spent working on his dad's farm to becoming a successful mechanic, with a
genuine heart and his incredible strength, Lucas faces many difficult
decisions. The choices he makes may be the difference between realizing
his dreams and keeping his family together. (via Goodreads)
Title: Dreaming Sophia: Because dreaming is an art
Author: Melissa Muldoon
Source: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest revew
Description: Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia. Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the s…