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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Yippie, I finally finished a book.  Reading, not writing.  I think it has been years since I actually read a book in its entirety.  I have many books started, but for one reason or another I haven’t been able to finish them.  I blame the writer for not being able to grab and maintain my attention.  Just kidding of course.  I am the guilty one.

All the unread books in my bedroom just keep staring at me.  They make me feel that I am not taking advantage of so much knowledge, self discovery, fun. I could be discovering other worlds, in and out.  I could be discovering myself.  If I can only hang in there past the first few pages.  

The book I just finished is the one above: “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”.  It is sad, but also charming and fun.  I was rooting for Eleanor from the first page.  She had an abusive childhood, had no friends and no social skills.   Still, I saw myself in her.  The writer did a great job at keeping me engaged and wanting to find out what happens next.

I won’t talk too much about it.  I am glad I read it, and I would recommend it. Somehow, it made me rediscover the joy of reading.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Now I am ready to start another book and keep going.  I am feeling so ambitious I am thinking of starting 2 books, a fiction and a non-fiction.  Too much?  Probably.  Perhaps I should just stick to one at a time.  We shall see.

Where to go now? The next 3 pictures are the books I have on my nightstands.  Which one should I choose next?  Any suggestions?  Some of them I have read more than a few pages, but it has been so long that I have to re-start.

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murakami

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and no, I am not completely fine.  When I things at work cannot get any busier, they do.  My co-worker is not back yet. I have asked her to give me an idea of when she plans to return. If it will be much longer I will put her on disability and I will get a temp.

Then,  today, I get the news that we are going to be audited again by the regulators.  It has been only 3 years since the last one, and they are back again.  They are coming to the office only in September, but they already send me a list of requests.

oh well, I am just going to read a book and try to keep stress and fatigue at bay.

Have a blessed weekend you all!