Simplicity At Its Best, In Times That Are Not

30 Mar Simplicity At Its Best, In Times That Are Not

Today was beautiful.

The grip of winter is a solid one. It’s hard, despite the sun, to realize sitting outside is something that’s actually feasible once again.

Since Friday I have finished one book, continued along with another, and started a third. Other than missing a few dear friend’s faces, my weekends haven’t changed.

I live in a rural-ish small town. There isn’t a whole lot to do here on any given day under normal conditions. Our restaurant choices have always been slim, as have our shopping centers. I am a homebody by choice, so the lack of these have never been that big of a deal.

I don’t miss things, I miss people.

If can’t see my favorites in person, then of course I will read. And my friends and I will still talk books. We will keep each other up to date on latest reads, talk about the ones that we are about to read, as well as those we look forward to.

As much as I become annoyed with technology most of the time, I’m thankful for the ability to text message, use Overdrive, Netgalley, and type a few words on this blog.

We have so much to be thankful for everyday. It’s that we must keep at the forefront, no matter what. We have lived in a time of plenty and we’ve gotten used to it. That isn’t bad, but it hasn’t prepared us to live in a time of great need. I think this situation is going to become worse before it becomes better. I hope that isn’t true, but I also hope we are strong enough (if it is) to make it through, fighting, loving, and caring for those around us in the areas we each call home.

So what will be the good that comes from all of this? How does uncertainty shape us for the better when we are dealing with the worst? I think certain frivolities can more than afford to silently slip away. We don’t need a million and one choices for every choice we make.

Enough for now on all of that. I meant to just talk books, but got a bit carried away. We’ve all had extra time to overthink, which has led to me over-talking.

The book I finished reading this weekend is:

I read a synopsis about it several weeks before reading it and either I confused it with another book or just completely read it wrong. That being said, I sort of went in to it blindly.

The story is about a family who vacations in the Caribbean and one of their daughters ultimately goes missing. I don’t want to say more about it. If you read the back of the book or another synopsis, more of the story will be given away. It won’t spoil it for you, but I think this story is better read, layer by layer. As a whole, the story went deeper and the character development farther than I would thought upon first reading.

If you get the chance, read it. If you have read it, what did you think?


“Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.”

—Carrie Hope Fletcher

Brontë enjoying the sun as well.

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