“We are, all of us, given such a brief moment of time together, it hardly seems fair. But it’s precious, and maybe it’s enough, and maybe it’s right that our bodies dissolve into the earth, giving our energy back to it, feeding the little creatures in the ground and giving nutrients to the soil, and maybe it’s right that our consciousness rests. The thought is peaceful.” ~ Charlotte McConaghy
As the coldest months are upon us, this was a fun topic to dig into. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for the holiday freebie!
“The truth is we don’t know what we don’t know. We don’t even know the questions we need to ask in order to find out, but when we learn one tiny little thing, a dim light comes on in a dark hallway, and suddenly a new question appears. We spend decades, centuries, millennia, trying to answer that one question so that another dim light will come on. That’s science, but that’s also everything else, isn’t it? Try. Experiment. Ask a ton of questions.” ~ Yaa Gyasi
“You will always struggle with not feeling productive until you accept that your own joy can be something you produce. It is not the only thing you will make, nor should it be, but it is something valuable and beautiful.” ~ Hank Greene, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor
This month was a good one for both of us. It was the first time in a while that we actually finished a decent number of books (though not necessarily the ones we’d originally planned to read, of course).
Our reading plans for this month changed quite a bit, in part because our local libraries opened again (a very welcome change from the past few months)!
“Hate is loud, but I think you'll learn it's because it's only a few people shouting, desperate to be heard. You might not ever be able to change their minds, but so long as you remember you're not alone, you will overcome.”
We had a pretty busy June so that resulted in . . . not a lot of reading time. We’re hoping to make up for that in July and making pretty long TBR lists to encourage ourselves! (Because that always works, right?)
This week’s topic is books that give off summer vibes — and given that this is a pretty weird summer, these books are likely to be more important than ever.