Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thankful Thursday 9/17/15: Public libraries

Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that began 1/10/13—read why here
I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!

I am so grateful our society provides public libraries to its citizens. Not only can you read almost any book or magazine for free—in print or digitally—but public libraries are to thank for a huge amount of other efforts, programs and services that make the world a better place.

Since coming back home to Wisconsin at the end of July, I've gone from being five books behind schedule to two books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads 2015 challenge of 35 books.

I'd gotten behind when I only allowed myself to read books in French during my two months in Montpellier, France. The English ban definitely helped with the French learning, but I only finished one book in that two-month period: "James et la grosse pêche" ("James and the Giant Peach").

Here are the books I've read since leaving Montpellier at the end of June (favorites are in bold):
  • "Yes, Please" by Amy Poehler
  • "Better Than Before" by Gretchen Rubin
  • "Things Change" by John Laubmeier
  • "Total Immersion" by Terry Laughlin
  • "The Misfit Economy" by Kyra Maya Phillips and Alexa Clay
  • "Hector and the Search for Happiness" by François Lelord
  • "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal
  • "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" by Richard Feynman 
  • "Words in a French Life" by Kristin Espinasse
  • "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
  • "Cultural Misunderstandings" by Raymonde Carroll and Carol Volk
  • "Round Ireland with a Fridge" by Tony Hawks
While I love using my kindle to read while traveling, I so enjoy reading from a real book—which our library has allowed me to do these past two months.

Have you read any good books this summer? And do you frequent your local library? It's never too late to sign up for a free library card!
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  1. Oh man! I was just about to make a post about my goodreads challenge goal. Mostly about how I am 18 books behind schedule. Or to put it another way, how I have not finished a single book this year. (The post is planned for when I finish my first--- 12 pages left in The Devil in the White City). That sounds really bad, but I feel like I am actually reading a good deal, although less than before I got Netflix. I just have so many books going and can't seem to stick with one. New Goal: to finish off 5 before I go home in October.

    1. Awesome, you can do it! (When in October are you going home?)

      Sometimes I read a bunch of books at once, too. I don't know if this is even the case, but if you're starting some and not interested in finishing them, I'd let it go without a second thought. Reading should be thoroughly enjoyed! : )