It has been quite a while since my last post, but I had decided to give myself and family some quality time, enjoying doing less (well, doing nothing is not an option for a workaholic) while knitting and thinking more…
Have I ever told you how much I used to enjoy reading? And by reading I mean everything that can be read… I remember back when I was an 11-year-old English Languade pupil, I used to read again and again the 2 copies of the “New Yorker” that a dear uncle had brought from his trip to the States. Back then, it felt like a real luxury to me (I admit, it still does). I read every single word on those pages, even the orbituary columns had something new for me to learn, see?
In the years that followed my love for books only grew and included reading not only in English but also in French and Spanish, plus Greek of course, my mother tongue. Books kept me company in the good and the not-so-good times and I’ve never, ever felt betrayed by a book, disappointed by some maybe, but not betrayed.
Then, really hard times came upon our family: 4 of our dearest and closest relatives passed away, one after the other, during the past 4 years: my mother-in-law and my brother both died in 2012, my father-in-law passed away in 2013 and so did my brother-in-law in December 2015. Grief has invaded our everyday life and we have been struggling hard, my husband and I, not to give in… Trying to cope as best as I could, I lost my appetite for books and only used some as a reference for my work… Reading for pleasure was not an option for quite a while. Fortunately, this seems to have changed.
I recently read some reviews of “The happiness project” by Gretchen Rubin and I decided to buy the audiobook and listen to it (I still could not concentrate long enough on a ptinted page). And I did. And I liked it so much, that I ‘m currently listening to the 20th chapter of “Better than Before” and last Monday I went ahead and actually bought a printed copy of “Happier at Home”! Yes, I ‘m back to reading for pleasure again and it feels awesome!
No, this is not an ad-post about Gretchen Rubin, although she deserves it for helping me get back on the right track. I also know this isn’t serious literature, but I don’t care. I’m grateful that it is there to remind me of how much I enjoy reading all kinds of books(serious literature included) and how much I missed it.
Well, I guess it’s time for me to get back to my reading now. I’ll let you know how my reading list grows and maybe you would care enough to suggest some of your favorite books for me to read? I’ll be happy to hear from you, so hit the ‘Comment’ button below, go ahead!!!