Saturday, May 21, 2011

Frankie Say Relax

Today, I'm thinking about relaxation. I have never been a big fan. And, it's one of the hardest things I've had to adjust to.
But, when things start to hurt, or I get a tiny little cold, I have to revamp my day, plan for some chill time.
Despite my inability to sleep well, I can't nap. The sleep just won't come. I have very little access to the remotes, all three people I share a home with make sure of that.

So, I read.

I read memoirs, brain candy garbage, tween books, classics, non fiction. I have always loved to read, but I used to not make time for it. Now, I have tons of reading time! (Glass half full...)

Here are a few of my latest reads:

This is the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was excited to find the latest one at Target the other day. The show True Blood is based on the books, but loosely. Loose enough that I am not a fan. I have tried, believe me. It's just not happenin'. 

Here's a classic:

There's something to be said about reading, and enjoying, the books we should have read in school. Maybe that something isn't very good. Either way, though, these classics are classics for a reason. I have also delved into Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, And Tom Sawyer. 

Tween books:

I have read the entire Harry Potter series, multiple times. I enjoyed the Twilight series, and now the Chronicles of Vladmir Todd. I love talking to MB about what we loved. Bonding over books had its own special quality.

Kid books:

I love me some Skippyjon Jones. Ditto, Pigeon books. And Parts. All future classics, in my opinion.


Of course, I have always loved research. Books about Fibro make me feel not so crazy. And, books about research, especially research about education and children, make me tingle-in a non-creepy, innocent way. 

The weirder, the better. If you have a stranger life than me, I want the deets. James Frey, Augustin Burroughs, love them all. Look Me In The Eye is a very entertaining memoir of a man with Asperger's.  I also love the writings of a former teacher of mine, Jane Juska. She has written about sex after 60, among other things. 


Picking up a book has become an easier way to relax for me. And I have always loved reading, so it's really a win-win!

If one of your hang-ups is relaxation, forcing yourself to read may be just what you need.

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