Best Book Lists for Jan. 15-21, 2020

Getting out of a rut

Happy Friday,

Back when it used to snow, when I was a kid, our family car or truck would sometimes get stuck. Dad would get out in the cold and put a little gravel under the tires, giving the vehicle the traction it needed to get going again.

This week my husband and I realized we’re both in a bit of a rut. After all, it’s January in a ten-month-long pandemic. Of course, we feel stuck.

So this week, I resolved to find some gravel to give us traction. One part of the gravel, for me, is reading Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. It’s Morrison’s first novel and, for whatever reason, the only one of her books I never read.

If you’re reading this newsletter, you don’t need me to tell you that reading a book can help your mood. But let me suggest that sometimes the key is changing what you read.

Reading Toni Morrison is always a gift, but it’s all the more impactful now that I’m discovering one of her books for the first time during our pandemic winter.

If you’re in a rut, think about changing what you read. Try a new genre. Read about a topic of which you know little. Go back to an author you love but haven’t read in a while.

Switching-up what you read might be the gravel you need to get out of a rut and back on your way.

Keep your head up, and thanks for reading,

Know someone who’s in a rut? Maybe this newsletter can help.


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