Each week I share three things I like – It could be a book, a movie, a podcast, an album, a photo, an article, a restaurant, a food item, a beverage, or anything else I simply enjoy and think you might too. You can find a whole pile of things, especially books, I like and recommend HERE.
If you are an avid reader or simply someone who aspires to read more or read more widely Goodreads is super helpful. I use it to set reading goals for the year, keep track of what I’ve read, leave ratings and reviews, and pick up suggestions and ideas based on what others are reading. It is a wonderful way to discover new books and share what you enjoy. As a perk, it syncs with the Kindle app so that any highlights or quotes you save while reading on those devices can be shared or posted to Goodreads.
Poetry always intimidated me. It was complex. I didn’t understand it. I didn’t really enjoy the poems I felt like a smart person is supposed to enjoy. Then I realized that was all based on an understanding of poetry defined by literature majors and aimed at impressing someone. That meant I could read whatever poetry I liked and just like it. This book is just such a collection. Keillor, the long time host of Prairie Home Companion, is a master story teller and connector with common sensibilities. That’s what what this book represents – poems about real life beautifully written by an array of poets from anonymous to laureate. I loved it.
3. Traveling Alone by Jason Isbell
The man looks like he’s 14 and has an old soul. I can relate. What I can’t relate to is Isbell’s lyrical and musical ability. Both are remarkable. This is my favorite song of his, but he has dozens of others that are fantastic as well.