Eating for a Growth Spurt
Have you ever watched the way young children eat? They go through periods when they are so picky. They will eat only chicken nuggets and fake mac-and-cheese, and then only three bites of each. Or they will refuse any beverage other than apple juice, gagging over milk and spitting out water. Then something inside their little bodies shifts and suddenly they eat almost anything you offer. Hamburger? Sure! Bananas? Yummy! Broccoli? Well, let’s not push it. They don’t eat just junk food. They want good food. Healthy food. They are like the Hungry Little Caterpillar, eating everything in sight.
And like the Hungry Little Caterpillar, they eat because they are about to go through a change. With my children, I know that shortly after their ravenous spells, I will need to go shopping for new clothes and shoes. All that food they shoved into their bodies was somehow transformed into longer arms and legs, taller torsos, and bigger feet.
I go through similar spells with reading. I’ve always loved to read, but as life gets busier and responsibilities multiply, it’s harder to find the time and attention span to read the way I used to. When I read for work, I wish I was reading for pleasure. When I read for pleasure, I feel guilty because my professional books are piling up. Then there are the days when I can’t focus on anything longer than a blog post or a magazine article.
Last weekend, though, I got hungry. This is how I stocked my pantry – um, Kindle. It’s an interesting sort of nutrition.
I love Anna Quindlen’s work, especially her nonfiction. The introduction to this, her latest release, is the perfect description of why I love to write.
I’ve been a member of the RevGalBlogPals web ring for years. More and more of our members are publishing. I’m excited to read this new memoir by Katherine Willis Pershey.
I discovered Carrie Wilkerson the way I’ve discovered so many people – through links posted on Twitter. I’ve followed her there for awhile and find her to be inspiring. While I don’t aspire to be self-employed (in the immediate future, anyway), I am intrigued by this book. That Amazon put it on a great Kindle sale over the weekend certainly didn’t hurt either!
Okay, so this isn’t a new addition to my reading list. My writing group has been reading and discussing this book in our meetings. Natalie’s works are all classics for writing types.
I’m always looking for good books to read – to feed my mind and inspire my spirit. I hope I’m never so old I quit having creative growth spurts. What are you reading? What books should I add to my list?