Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Book Stack

Sometime back in May I found myself entirely fed up with learning. I was sick to death of taking in information, not to mention processing all of it. As Silas would say, I was feeling "bad in my body and in my head."

I felt like the whole world was bossing me and like I was over-bossing myself, along with everyone in my near proximity.

My gift to myself and the rest of us, I decided, would be a ban on learning for the duration of summer vacation. Shocking no one more than myself, I displayed stunning early follow-through with an eleventh-hour opt-out of Ruby and Silas's tennis lessons. Next, I funneled my momentum toward trashing the Library reading club flier and renewing my vows to all the old recipes languishing in the dusty corners of my culinary canon rather than dog-earing magazines like I've been known to do. Nevermind, homemade Tikka Misala! Ive got no time for your required ingredient scavenger hunts. Not this summer. This summer we will. not. learn. We're plum wore out.

My Summer of No Learning trucked smoothly down the rails for about 16 hours, until I decided to bake my first carrot cake from scratch for my dad and intriguing books kept showing up on my door. (Man across the street: "The Fed left you a package while you were gone." The Fed!)

I took one look at their smooth pages and gleaming covers and said to myself, "Nope."
Short story long, all bets are off.

I'm hopping between books like a spazzed-out toad with all the lily pads to himself.
My brain seems to want to keep learning, and I'm not just saying that because I dreamed (again!) last night that I was back in college, casually forgetting to attend classes for an entire semester.

It's summertime, and not to brag, but we keep accidentally learning thing - the differences between various types of sharks, the best route to my hometown in Ohio, how to wire water-speakers into our TV system, how to reboot Netflix after said water-speaker fiasco, how to cut plastic straws into miniature, pink front-tooth caps, the magic of chia seeds in strawberry jam, and the surest way to move beyond old wounds.

Since we've already ruined the plan, we might as well keep reading all of the books. As it turns out, it can't be helped.

What are you learning this summer?

I'm all ears.

And unfortunately, I still mean that quite literally.

Book Stack Details
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates*
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Laugh With the Moon by Shana Burg*
Giddy Up, Eunice by Sophie Hudson*
Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall
A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker*
Worth Living by Mary DeMuth
Subversive Jesus by Craig Warren Greenfield
The Locust Effect by Gary Haugen

 * I've read all of these in the past couple of weeks and I am ON A ROLL. I loved all of them!