March has surprised me with some beautiful spring days. After so much rain, it’s wonderful to see some blossom. What with soaking up plenty of outdoor time, it’s been a perfect month to read Last Child in the Woods. Richard Louv presents a staggering amount of research all pointing to our human need to be part of nature, whilst considering the many factors that have drawn us indoors.
I loved the idea. Yes! We should all go outside more! We should roll in the dirt, get lost and be inspired! If anyone’s in doubt as to nature’s brilliance, or wants some new interesting facts, then this is well worth a read.
I also read the second in the Wool trilogy. My long train journey to Manchester warranted a hefty piece of pulp fiction, and this kept me occupied for the full return trip.
A note on quitting: If you read February’s post you’ll spot that I had planned to read The Tiger’s Wife this month. I read half of it. I also read half of a P.G. Wodehouse book. Both were lovely, but I just didn’t make it beyond the halfway point. There are too many great books out there to warrant soldiering on with one. If you aren’t revelling in your read, I say ditch it!
Also, a big thank you to Laura who has created such a friendly online group of readers for #theyearinbooks. It’s lovely to see the variety in what everyone is reading!
Love the premisse of this book. I definitely should go outside more!
I totally agree with you on the ditching books thing, though I only learned how in the last year – before that I would struggle through any book I’d started. But some of them really just aren’t right, so why waste that precious time?! Although I will be trying Girl Reading a third time, just to be sure, as so many others seem to think it worthwhile…
Another ‘ditcher’ here. The older you get, the less time you have for books, and the more you realise that it’s pointless wasting that precious time on a book you’re just not into. I usually shelve them, then look at them another time, and if on the second attempt it still doesn’t grab me, off to the charity shop or a friend it goes.
I completely agree about ditching a book if you’re not keen on it. When I was younger I used to persevere (why?!) but now if I’m not enjoying it I just move onto the next one. x
Oh yes, I’m a big believer in ‘if it’s not working for you, try something else’ as far as books are concerned. And don’t feel obliged to read something on the recommendation of someone else either! Books are such a personal thing.
Life’s too short and reading should be a pleasure :)
Aw, thanks for joining in! I REALLY want to read Last Child in the Woods, think that may have to be my choice for June…
Excited to hear what you think of it!