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My summer of not finishing books comes to an end

As I said earlier today, I finished reading In Limestone Country by Scott Russell Sanders. While I was recording that fact in my reading log (which stretches back to 2005!), I realized that it was the first book I’ve finished since April. To be fair, I’ve been busy and a lot of my reading over the past several months has been articles, etc., aimed at helping Rachel and me with our gardening project.

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In Limestone Country by Scott Russell Sanders

Nothing makes the commonplace come alive quite like the work of a skilled writer. I’ve lived in limestone country all my life. I’ve heard the stories of how our stone built some of the great public buildings in America and brought prosperity to our area in the early twentieth century. Today, limestone monuments can be seen on buildings and in graveyards throughout Lawrence and Monroe counties. Porches, like mine, made of limestone.

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Tolkien, Lord of the Rings:

“Bilbo used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its tributary. ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.’”

Finished reading The Hobbit. It’s been a few years since the last time I read it. Now moving on to The Lord of the Rings.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Hobbit Day is 33 days away

By some curious chance one morning long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green, and the hobbits were still numerous and prosperous, and Bilbo Baggins was standing at his door after breakfast smoking an enormous long wooden pipe that reached nearly down to his woolly toes (neatly brushed) – Gandalf came by. Illustration by Maurice Sendak

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The end of the my audiobook era

And, with that, a ten plus year relationship with Audible has come to an end. Since I started working remotely in 2020, I just don’t listen to audiobooks anymore. Before the pandemic, 45% of all the books I read were audiobooks – that’s easy to do when your commute is 1.5hrs per day. It feels like the end of an era. Audiobooks and me go much further back than my Audible subscription.

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Daily Dracula has been such a fun way to read the novel. And now the action is building up as we approach Halloweentide! Halloweentide begins, in our house, the day after Labor Day. Also, I know that it’s called Allhallowtide in the Christian tradition but this is our personal holiday. 😄

If all goes as planned, I am three days away from visiting Muir Woods, so I’m reading this in earnest. Very good so far.

Thanks to Austin Kleon for telling us there was a word for this: tsundoku. I work at my kitchen table, so here is the pile that sits just behind my work laptop.