Also unfortunately, much of what I read is what I used to tell my children was "mindless drivel". In approximately the last week to ten days I have read the newest John Sanford mystery, the newest James Patterson mystery, the newest Stuart Woods mystery, along with a romance by Debbie Macomber (there's some kind of trend there, I'm just not sure what it is). Now mind you, mindless drivel certain has its place. I enjoy a silly movie as well as a deep one. Give me Fast Five one week and The King's Speech the next. I often read to be entertained, or to be put to sleep.
However, every so often I like to be challenged by what I read. I also have some goals (businesses to run, skills to learn, travel places to explore). While online research can be helpful, there's nothing like sitting down and actually reading a book on the subject (and occasionally taking notes, assuming the book is mine!).
To that end, I've come up with a reading list, and my goal is to alternate to "fluff" pieces with one that is more inspirational or informational. My short list is below. I will have more to add, but this is the beginning of my list. Few have to do specifically with fixed income or retirement living, although many are relevant. A couple are just about learning for the fun of it. Off I go (hopefully). What are you reading these days? Might you have recommendations?
- How to Make Money Using Etsy - an up to date informative book that i scanned in the library and decided I simply must have
- Cutting for Stone-recommended by many people
- Go Your Own Way: Women Traveling Solo - although I regularly road trip alone, there may be a time when I want to go further afield and "singles group travel" is simply not my thing at any age.
- The Poor Will Be Glad : A book on a Christian approach to getting rid of global poverty
- Left Neglected-a book club choice that I probbly would not have chosen, but that's why I'm in a book club, after all.
- Put Em Up : I am determined to learn at least the basics of picking and canning produce, barbecue sauce and the like. Obviously, if I don't do a better job of learning to grow veggies in pots or raised beds, I'll have to buy the produce, which leads me to.....
- The Bountiful Container - I found a myriad of books on container gardening and finally found this one. It may be a little late in the Texas gardening season for me to implement much but there is always next year.
- The Paris Wife - a novelization of Hemingway's life with his first wife, and also my book club selection.
- On My Own - I was looking for a book that addressed being alone at this age, but wanted to go beyond all the traditional "widowhood" books. We shall see if I chose well.