One of the things I sometimes miss about my life pre-Lula was spending a big chunk of my weekends with my nose in a book. I often stopped by the local library on my way home from work on Friday afternoons, picked out a few promising novels and under a cozy blanket, became wrapped up in another world. A rainy weekend made the experience all the more enjoyable.
Six months after having Lula, pleasure reading has again become an option for me. Much of my reading is done online now but being unplugged is important to me too. Lula and I stopped by the library this past week and I picked up an old favorite.
New books can sometimes be disappointing, If I don’t enjoy the book, I feel an obligation to finish it in case it gets better toward the end- it rarely does. Because of this, occasionally I reread books that I loved the first time through. This is one of those books! I am currently rereading The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett.
This is historical fiction at its best and it is a commitment- almost 1,000 pages- plus there is a sequel to look forward to. It follows a number of different characters through medieval times- monks, bishops, peasants, etc. There is a fair amount of romance, a few scenes that are difficult to stomach (not as bad as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, mind you) and the book sucks you in from the start.
As a new momma, I hear more than ever about women who don’t take time for themselves. With books like this one, I work hard to ensure I can escape for a little while every day. Lula’s nap time is a great excuse for me to put up my feet and get lost in a book. What about you? How do you take time to relax? What good books have you read lately?