I’m sure I’ve mentioned it on here a billion times before, but if there’s any kind of forgotten long-lost love in my life, it’s reading. There was a point in life where I would devour several books a week, stopping only for a little air, food and time with family. Otherwise I was lost in worlds that were far away, entwining the words of writers into my own thoughts and vernacular. I believe that my love for reading is what fanned the flame for my love of learning, and I am forever grateful for parents who supported that love in every way they could.
Sadly there has been a decent chunk of time over the past 6 years or so where reading has fallen pretty low on the totem pole for me. Having a job, family, and a love for random TV shows will do that I suppose, and so my first love took a backseat for a while. Lately, though, I have been getting back into reading and just feel so much more rested, even on the days where I stay up super late to finish books. And since this blog is about my life + food I figured it could be fun to share the books I’m reading and loving with y’all more often!
Today I want to start off with a book that was written by a blogging friend of mine right here in Arkansas: Kyran Pittman. I remember the first time I met her I was just blown away by (and this is going to make me sound a little bizarre/uneducated) her amazing vocabulary. She just exuded confidence and intelligence and I literally hung on every word. When I found out she had written a book I went out and bought it immediately: Planting Dandelions. And then guess what I did? I totally forgot about my Kindle and didn’t read anything for months.
HOWEVER. The moment I started reading Kyran’s memoir I was hooked and couldn’t stop. Within a few days (turns out nonstop reading binges aren’t totally possible with a toddler…) I was finished, my face sore from laughter and feeling just so much more connected in this world of mommyhood. Kyran’s style is straight-forward and edgy; she says the things that we’re likely all thinking but just don’t have the guts to say. She’s open about pretty much everything in her life, and while I can’t say I’ve experienced some of the same things, the root of finding out who I am as a woman, a wife and a mother, all in one – well, that I completely relate to.
Planting Dandelions is a fantastic book for any woman to read, and I can honestly say that Kyran is just as cool in real life as she seems on paper. I hope to see more from her soon!
So tell me: what are you reading right now that you’re loving? I need to add more to my reading list (and also maybe build in a budget for books for 2014)!