My First Book of 2022

So, without further ado, here is the first book I plan to read this year:

The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus, a new interpretation by Sharon Lebell: For the last two years, I have read the same book for my first book of the year: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, as translated by Gregory Hays. I had borrowed a copy of it from Prime Reading in late 201, but when I tried it, I had a difficult time reading the archaic translation. I then came across several reviews mentioning a modern translation by Gregory Hays. It fit the bill perfectly for two years running, but I thought it would be a bit much to read it as my first book of the year for a third year.

That brings me to this year’s selection, which is in the vein of Hays’ book, with this being a reinterpretation of the works of Epictetus by Sharon Lebell. I sampled it before purchasing it and again, like Hays’ translation, it seems to resonate with me. As it is short, I don’t know if I’ll read all 93 of the selections at once or read them over a week or two or more. I haven’t decided yet, but however, I do it, I’m looking forward to it.

Later today, Sheila of the blog Book Journey will be sharing photos of people from around the world with their first book of the year too. I e-mailed my (Photoshopped since my book is an ebook) photo above to her and mine should be among them, if my e-mail went through. Even if it didn’t, to see what others have selected as their first book to read this year, visit Sheila’s blog later today.

So do you select a first book to read each year? If so, what will be the first book you read this year or maybe you’re already reading it?

Kicking Off 2021 Thankfully Reading Weekend

So, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’m participating in the 2021 Thankfully Reading Weekend, as hosted by Jenn of the blog Jenn’s Bookshelves (clink link in image to be taken to today’s post). This is my kickoff post for the event that starts today and runs through this Sunday, which happens to coincide with five days that I have off from work. Here are a few questions Jenn suggested we could answer, and which I will:

  • How will/did you celebrate Thanksgiving? My wife usually has to work Thursday night and this year is no different. We’re still having Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow (and Friday, thanks/no thanks to a box of produce arriving late).
  • What’s in your TBR pile for the weekend? Too many books that realistically I probably won’t get to.
  • How much time do you think you’ll have for reading? A lot as my wife works midnight shift all weekend and sleeps during the day.
  • What book are you starting out with? How We Change (And Ten Reasons Why We Don’t) by Ross Ellenhorn. I already started early this morning when I woke up too early as my mind was racing and wouldn’t let me sleep.
  • Are you reading print, ebooks, or audio? Mostly ebooks, although I do have a few print books checked out from our library. No audio planned, but I do own a few I’ve been meaning to get to.

Kicking Off 2020 Thankfully Reading Weekend

Today officially begins 2020 Thanksgiving Reading Weekend (click on button above for more information), which lasts through Sunday. For this kickoff post, Jenn suggested a few questions so I thought I’d answer the ones I felt relevant to me and add in one of my own (the last question):

  • How will/did you celebrate Thanksgiving? My wife Kim and I are starting today, as I write this post even, by listening to Alice Restaurant’s Massacree by Arlo Guthrie, a Thanksgiving tradition. This morning, she also is cooking me a Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie. Longer explanation than probably is necessary: She’s a vegan, the pie has real butter in it, and she got that instead of making one because she has lost her senses of taste and smell when she had covid recently and it hasn’t returned yet so she figured what was the point. And yes, I had/have covid too. Mine is taking a bit longer to leave, but it’s (been) mild. Later, we’ll have a full Thanksgiving dinner with Torfurky, stuffing, mashed cauliflower, sweet potato casserole with maple pecan crumbles, green bean casserole, and rolls. We also plan on watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Pieces of April, two other Thanksgiving traditions.
  • What’s in your TBR pile for the weekend? Basically see my sign-up post, but in short, the first three Ruth Galloway mysteries by Elly Griffiths and three in the Serge Storm series by Tim Dorsey.
  • How much time do you think you’ll have for reading? Not counting today, I’ll have lots of time for reading as I’m off tomorrow too and this weekend. I hope by the end of the weekend, I’ll feel well enough to let the director of the library where I work that I’ll be able to return to work on Monday.
  • What book are you starting out with? Unofficially, I already began last night with The Big Bamboo, the eight in the Serge Storms series, by Tim Dorsey. I’ll probably dip into it a little later this morning and this afternoon, especially as Kim has to sleep this afternoon as she returns to work tonight for the start of her work week, a midnight shift.
  • Are you reading print, ebooks, or audio? Maybe a bit of each? I’m reading all ebooks, but on a whim, earlier in the week, I did check out an audiobook from the Free Library of Philadelphia: A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton as read by Mary Peiffer. So I might get to that.
  • For what are you thankful this Thanksgiving? That despite getting covid earlier this month, that we have our health, which is well enough that our cases of covid are, and were, mild. We know that it is and has not been the same for others. Personally, I also am thankful for family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who have been supportive of both me and my wife over the last few weeks. I also am thankful that my dad, who received a covid test last week, got word this week that he was negative.

How about you? For what are you thankful this Thanksgiving?

2020 Thankfully Reading Weekend — I’m in!

I only participate in a few book blogging events every year and this (see image/link above) is one of them. This year’s event is from tomorrow through Sunday, Nov. 29, although I will be starting this afternoon. Here’s how Jenn describes the event:

There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for the year. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit.

As I mentioned in my last post, I might try to read a little from a collection of the first three Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths that I picked up on my Kindle earlier this year. I dipped into it once before but it didn’t grab me, but based on lavish praise from Amanda of the blog The Zen Leaf, I’m giving it another try.

I also borrowed three ebooks from the Free Library of Philadelphia: The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, and Atomic Lobster, the eight, ninth and 10th respectively in the Serge Storms series by Tim Dorsey. And lastly, I have One by One They Disappeared by Moray Dalton (Katherine Mary Deville Dalton), an author to which I was introduced by a friend via the blog The Passing Tramp.

So as you can see, I have choices. As I’m still recovering from mild symptoms of COVID-19 and have been in a little big of “a brain fog,” I’ll be lucky to get through one or two of them, but I like having choices in case one series doesn’t work for me or if I want to try something else.

I’ll let you know how I did in my next post on Sunday. Until then, stay safe, stay well…and may The Force be with you.