I don’t know about you, but….
Seems like I often have unfinished reading tasks piling up, some reads are unfinished, and I want to read the rest of the story. Some reads are appropriate to the time of year, or the time of life and I want to read them soon. Some lurk in a basket or pile in the bedroom, for a variety of other reasons.

Here’s my commitment over the next four weeks of reading. It’s a sort of checklist. I’ll let you know how I do.

‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” by Walt Whitman
This long poem was written to mark the mourning of President Abraham Lincoln. I usually enjoy Whitman’s poetry. This poem has been called lively and joyful vision of death by the writer of A Reader’s Book of Days. Lincoln was shot on April 14 and died the next day. I’m fortunate to have my daughter’s notes to help me with this poem.

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset part three “The Cross.”
A year ago this past winter, I reread the first two sections of this long classic novel, perhaps my all-time favorite. All year I have meant to finish it. This is the month to do it. It is a novel of a young woman in 14th century Norway. Two or three years ago I bought a beautiful paperback edition, which includes helpful notes and introduction. I’m excited about this one.

The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley.
I don’t yet have this novella in hand, but it is on order. Some consider this early piece a Smiley masterpiece. According to Tom Nissley author of A Readers’ Book of Days, this is the time of year to read this classic. Since Smiley is an absolute favorite of mine. I cannot but agree.

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
This book begins in the spring. Such a favorite of so many, young and old. Should be a good gift and great fun to share with my almost three-year-old granddaughter.

And waiting for me to finish reading: Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, On My Own by Diane Rehm, Evicted by Matthew Desmond. As this list shows (four are non-fiction), I’m great at starting non-fiction, not quite so good at finishing.

Let’s see how I do over the next four weeks.


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