Reaching for a book that isn’t there

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday post is Reach.

I reach for a book, or ask my mom to bring me book so-and-so off of shelf #1. Those are the books I’m not sure I will keep, but I want to look through them and give them a try. Some were my grandmother’s and others looked or sounded interesting when I saw them at the local book sale.

I’ve started a few recently and realized I don’t want to read them. It’s not what I imagined given the title or cover or maybe I’m no longer interested. But I still want a book to jump into, a story to carry with me until I reach the last page.

There is still a little pile of books I’m working on — and I’m learning I need to slow down on the number of books I read at one time. Maybe if I focus on fewer I’ll actually make my way through more books in a year. And that reminds me of my “One Word” again. Focus…

Focus on the one task before starting another.

Focus on a little part of the bigger project to not get overwhelmed.

Focus on the moment called today instead of worrying about the future.

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And once my stack of books is even smaller, I hope to focus on just a couple at a time. The problem lately is every time we reach for a new one it is nonfiction and I’m in need of something fiction. The sorting and searching continues until I reach the point of needing to go to the library. And that field trip just may happen this week.

 

What are you currently reading? Do you have any recommendations?