Sunday, January 18, 2015


My niece takes a perfect walk when she ventures off the path at Versailles.

How about ideal? Flawless? No, I think quintessential. Yes, that's it. Last week my reading was ideal. It was flawless. My reading was quintessential. Quintessential reading.

You can imagine a perfect game in baseball. You've studied perfect numbers in school. You probably know how to cook the perfect scrambled eggs. (If you don't, take a look here.) 

So what, then, is a perfect reading week? Let's see if I can define it. Two books, I think. One fiction and one nonfiction. You start them both on Sunday afternoon (reading on the front porch, I'm pretty sure, with a cool breeze and a nice bright sun) and continue to read, captivated, a little every evening after work, finally, regretfully, finishing them both on a lovely Saturday morning (with strong coffee).

Yep, that was my week. Quintessential. A perfect reading week.

You want to know the titles, don't you? You want to duplicate the experience. (I know, I know.) I will reluctantly share these with you, but I'm not sure the experience can be so easily replicated, and I really hate to disappoint you. Okay. Okay. You want to know anyway? Okay. Here goes...True Grit and The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly. I oh-so-slowly read through them, wanting to read on, hating to see those final pages. 

You've had a week like this, I'm sure. Maybe it was the lovely after-Christmas lull. Maybe it was the pull of the words. Who knows? 

If you think it was the books, I'd love for you to share the titles. I'm working on a People's List of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, and I'd love to add your fav books to this list. 

And here's my wish for you: I wish for you to experience this perfect reading week at least once before you leave this little world. Maybe we better not experience this every week or we might never exit.
A perfect West Texas sunset.

What are you reading today?!

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 


  1. That sounds perfectly lovely. My perfect reading weeks all seem to occur up at the cottage and are backgrounded by the sound of the flagpole clanging softly, the boats bobbing quietly, and a fire crackling in the fireplace at night.

  2. Yes, I think I could do a perfect reading week there, too.

  3. Sounds as if it wasn't just the books; maybe you had a perfect non-book week too in order to be so relaxed and blissful in your reading.

  4. Perfect reading weeks for me generally are a combination of the books and the rare opportunity for long spans of uninterrupted reading time so I can really get lost in my current read.

  5. That sounds lovely! With small children it will be awhile before I have more than a string of stolen moments to read but I'm looking forward to big chunks of reading time! I'm very much looking forward to your reading list! Have a great week!

    1. Oh yes. I remember those dry reading years well.

  6. You know me so well. I would have asked ;) but like Barbara mentioned, I don't think it was just the books. It's usually other factors, like having the time and being able to enjoy them. I know I find that to be true for myself and am looking forward to some downtime tomorrow and Tuesday to read.

    1. Probably less what I was reading than how I was reading....

  7. I love those kind of reading weeks. This week I'm reading a ton of books from those about learning to draw, children's fiction, and some nonfiction in between.

  8. A perfect reading week to you as well.

    I read two books, but that is very unusual. I normally only get ONE done.

    Thanks for coming by my blog.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  9. Yours sounds like a perfect week to me! Beautiful photo too. Picture perfect.

  10. Sounds like a perfect week all round, with a picture perfect sunset to end the day. Hope next week is just as good :)

  11. What a cute post. Some weeks... and books...can be soooo nice that way. I hope you have many such weeks this year. Happy Reading!

  12. Well they are books I will definitely have to check out!

    Happy Monday!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out


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