One Foot In The Grave, but I’m still reading

Last weekend, I joined the “My Own Books Reading Challenge,” which started Friday, which I also happened to have off from work, and ends May 15. So….I read and finished my first of 10 books that I selected for the challenge. The book was Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan and while it wasn’t as good as my first seven books read this year, it still was a pretty good mystery by a first-time novelist, who is an award-winning short story writer. I’d be interested in seeing his next work.

My next book for the challenge is The Uninvited by Dorothy Macardle, which my friend John highly recommended. After that, I have six others that I mentioned last week and two others: Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor, which I’m reading every Sunday during Lent, and Now and Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns, 1997-2000, by Robert Hass. I am planning to read those two periodically over the next two months. I did start on Leaving Church, but as I’m only two chapters into it, I can’t tell you much about it yet. I haven’t delved into the Hass book yet, but might do that this afternoon, I’m thinking.


Besides reading, I’ve been watching One Foot in the Grave on Britbox. The TV show, which aired mostly in the 1990s, is a British comedy about a man who is forced to take early retirement at age 60 and thinks his life is over. I find it kind of funny that I am discovering this right before I am turning 50 and feel a little (okay, a lot) like Melissa Firman, another Sunday Saloner, who wrote how she feels about turning 50 this year that ti-i-i-ime is (not really) on my side. My sister thinks I’m being dramatic about it, and to a certain degree, she is right, but I also understand and empathize with what Melissa says in her blog post.


Last weekend I also received a lot of feedback and comments on my decision not to read one book for the challenge and read another instead. To see what prompted the discussion, scroll down to the end of the original post and then read the comments, if you want. I always encourage comments and do my best to respond to each and every comment. When you sign in, leave a link to your blog or edit it so there is a link and I will visit your blog if I don’t already have your blog in my feed reader.

In other blog-related news, I updated my theme so if you are visiting from a feed reader, come visit my blog on a browser on your desktop, laptop or mobile device. I used a photo from a vacation to the Bahamas (our only vacation to the Bahamas) in 2006 for the header as I did with my old Facebook page. I think with that, I’ll leave you, thinking warm, happy thoughts of being on a beach in the Caribbean (which I just learned I didn’t know how to spell).

So how was your week? Reading, watching, listening to anything good? Share that and any thoughts on this post in the comments and if you have a blog, share your link to the linkup for the Sunday Salon over on the group administrator’s blog. If you wish to also post a link at Facebook, you can also do that.

38 thoughts on “One Foot In The Grave, but I’m still reading

  1. I don’t think you are being dramatic about turning 50. I think milestone birthdays like that are bound to make you feel a wealth of emotion – and not all of them happy ones. I can’t imagine I will handle 50 very well because I did not manage turning 30 or 40 very well, so I am grateful for everyone who comes before me and who can help guide me through it when that year arrives. In the meantime, I think it is natural to feel all the emotions as you reflect on your life past, present, and future.

  2. I’m late in commenting on this one! I like the new theme. And my daughter’s teacher has decided that once you reach 50, you start counting backward. I like the idea of a 91 year old saying she’s 9, so I may decide to do that. 🙂
    Also, I am in awe of good cursive writing. I think people that write cursive well must have patient personalities. I may get there yet.

    1. Oh, also I’m working on War & Peace. It’s an off again on again sort of thing. It’s my second time reading it, and now that I’m older, I find that I have a completely different understanding of the characters. Do you find that, Bryan? That your appreciation of characters changes as you re-read? (That would be a good blog post.) 🙂

      1. Sometimes. Usually, though, to be honest, except for a very few books that I have read several times like Lord of the Rings, I don’t always remember the characters. I wish I had better long term memory, but I don’t.

  3. I debated the Read My Own Books Challenge, but the new glittery ones are always just so tempting.

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