I’ve been thinking a lot about perspective this month. As you know, I took a month away from the blog to work on my book for NaNoWriMo. I’ll update more on that adventure later, but I’ll kill one surprise now: I came close, but I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. I am okay with this.
My friend Becky messaged me yesterday and praised me for reading so voraciously. And the first thought I had was, “But I’m behind! I’ll never finish by New Years! I’ll never meet my challenge!” But perspective will shift this thought process: I read. I write. Maybe it’s enough.
A challenge is in place to guide us, to give us a mark to shoot for, and in some cases, to stretch us. For those who are a little (or a lot) competitive, it provides major incentive. For those who are perfectionists (ahem, me), it can work two ways: it can motivate, and it can defeat.
Alas, I still have 8 books to read, and less than a month to do it in. Possible? Yes. Likely? Not so much.
But as I’ve been shifting my thoughts about the meaning of the challenge, I realize that it doesn’t really matter if I read 52 books or if I hit all the wickets on my Whisks & Words Reading Challenge. I don’t want this to be one of those moments where everybody gets a trophy, just for showing up. But really, we all get trophies. We read. We engage with our thoughts and the words floating around us in the world. And we’re all, every last one of us, busy. Line up here, y’all, get your trophies.
So here’s my quiet reading month for November.
How to Cook a Moose by Kate Christensen
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
My Reading Month: November 2015
- A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. I read this as part of the W&W Reading Challenge as my book about religion. And I’m so glad I did! Rachel Held Evans writes with compassion, mad intelligence, and humor. In this experiment, she set out to spend a year enacting all of the rules and laws the Bible issues forth about women. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes awkward, and sometimes heartbreaking, but they are all handled with reverence, love, and the search for a deeper truth about women and faith. Read this book, if for no other reason, than her chapter on Women of Valor. And see if you don’t start cheering on the women in your life, “Women of valor!”
- Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück. This poetry collection was lovely, heady, and at times, seeming to hover just out of my reach. A challenging, beautiful read.