Hello book friends and how are you? I am well and am sharing another 'walking' picture that I've entitled 'Kerrville Ducks'. Ha! I think I've had ducks on my mind as I've been reading Louise Penny's new book, The Madness of Crowds. If you haven't read those, there is a duck named Rosa that is a frequent character - a duck that is 'fowl'-mouthed - LOL! Anyway, I'm going to have opinions about this book, but won't share any of those at this time. I need to finish it first and see what I think - hmmm....
Otherwise, we have been back and forth a bit - still waiting on so many things that I don't even want to talk about. I just cannot focus on our 'to-do' list and shall not. All will eventually get accomplished and I've decided to challenge myself to see how many books I can complete before the end of 2021. I read 130 books in 2020 and this year, 2021, I've only completed 42 as of almost the end of August. That is probably the smallest number of books I've read in 8 months for over 20 years - maybe longer. I know that part of my issues with focus and anxiety have been because my reading life has been 'off'. I'm going to work on it and try to let the rest of my worries go.
One more thing I'll share is that I'm also trying to see what new pursuits might be available in my area. I was just looking at the local newspaper and seeing that the Master Naturalist program will be taking applications for classes to begin in 2022. I also saw a notice for an afternoon seminar that the local genealogy society will be presenting in a few weeks - an intro to genealogy research. And I heard about the local historical society and their meetings when I went to my 2nd 'Talking Texas' Book Group meeting on Thursday. By the way, I enjoyed that book group meeting again - there were 8 attendees - and we discussed Turn South at the Second Bridge by Leon Hale. This book was originally written in the 1960's and contains 'classic stories of rural Texas'. I liked it for the most part and enjoyed talking about it with others.
So, have you tried genealogy or 'Master Naturalist' classes or joined a historical society? I'm curious. Hoping to be back soon with some 'book talk'. Take care!