• “I read for sheer entertainment.”
• “I read to learn.”
• “I read to make sense of the world.”
• “I read to find out something new.”
• “I read to escape.”
• “I read because it makes me happy.”
• “I read for discovery.”
“Making sense of the world” comes the closest to mine: “I read for compassion.” I usually learn, discover, orfind out something new, and I love to escape, be entertained, and made happy. But if I don’t make a compassionate connect with some person or situation in a book, I stop reading. Last night I closed “The Widow Nash” after page 28. There was nothing there for me. But no worry, I live across from the library and am on my way right now to make my returns and pick up , which is waiting for me on the reserve shelf.
According to Goodreads, my read count for 2017 is 63. July list is a little meager due to family reunions, Red Sox baseball, and, I must confess, time spent watching the news. All worth a read.
* Grief Cottage, by Gail Godwin
* Dinner with Edward, by Isabel Vincent
* The Woman on the Stairs, by Bernhard Schlink
* My Life with Bob, by Pamela Paul