I think I've gotten myself into the middle of reading too many things at once.
Yes, there really is such a thing.
1) Einstein's Theories of Relativity and Gravitation
This was available free from Google on my phone and I've been reading it for a while now. It's not actually what Einstein wrote. It's a collection of two essays and an editorial article. (It explains at the beginning that a monetary reward was offered for the best essay that could take Einstein's theorems and express them in a way that could make sense to the lay man.)
It has been fascinating reading so far, though I only read it in smaller chunks so I can really chew over the concepts for a while.
2) Grimm's Fairy Tales
Another available free from Google on my phone. I usually read one or two at a time when I want some light diversion. I'm not at all sure how many more there are to go.
3) The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Recently finished this. My DDa, interestingly, has gotten into a real obsession with the Sherlock Holmes BBC episodes and reading the books in the order they were written - without knowing I was reading it, so we can spend an hour just talking about his cases.
4) The Spark
I've finished the first part of Chapter 1 that is his story, so next is the philosophy behind the SparkPeople program (still Chapter 1). I'd already heard / read most of the story, so it wasn't new, but I'm making a point to not skip ahead and actually reread that portion. I'm looking forward to moving on through the book now.
5) The Spark Cookbook
I finished the whole intro section and got to the recipes. I've been offhandedly flipping through them to see if any catch my interest and look like they can be modified for a single person with a microwave. The smoothie recipes amused me - my protein shake trial and errors led me to a very similar mixture as what is described.
6) Easy Vegan Meals
Honestly not really interested in veganism, but I did start reading the first part of this for the information on the nutrients that are particularly important to meet and where vegans get them from. I just figure if any of the recipes look interesting without requiring ingredients I wouldn't normally buy, I might try them out. I do like my veggies after all.
7) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The first book I've BOUGHT in I couldn't say how long. I took the seminar around two decades ago, had cassette tapes and an annual day-planner based on it for a few years. I still remember a lot of it and, as I'm reading it, realize just how much I did manage to internalize in my way of thinking - but also how much I forgot or never knew.
Loving the Kindle's ability to highlight things. I've got several quotes I keep rereading:
== For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root. (Henry David Thoreau) ==
(My thinking from it: Leave out "of evil", and it applies to anything really. How often do we hack away at the symptoms, the problems, instead of seeking out and destroying the root cause?)
== But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I can choose otherwise." (Franklin Covey) ==
(My thinking from it: Whenever we make a mistake and start over, that is a great thing. But we do have to acknowledge that those mistakes have created the position from which we start. We create our future by choosing new paths.)
== It's so much easier to say, "I am not responsible." If I say "I am responsible," I might have to say, "I am irresponsible." (Franklin Covey) ==
(My thinking from it: And truly, for all that I consider myself mature, responsible, independent and so on, I have more than a few areas in my life in which I would prefer to say "It wasn't my fault" - a variant on saying "I am not responsible". I need to accept that I have been irresponsible and change that.)
== Anytime we think the problem is "out there", that thought is the problem. (Franklin Covey) ==
(My thinking from it: For a while now I've been griping to myself and sometimes out loud about the annoying behaviors of my boss. Which is fruitless. I can't change him. I can, however, change my productivity at work and the way in which I report completed tasks. I can change how I think about and react to his calls. And, in that, change it from annoying to being just a routine part of my day that I'm prepared for.)
8) Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann
Another free book, this one from Amazon. I actually spent a while my first night just downloading a bunch of free books. Some of them may be of no interest to me, but I've always loved reading. (What? You couldn't tell? *COUGH*)
This one is certainly a fascinating story about a woman who survives a dangerous fall with amnesia. It's not a book for someone with any antipathy toward belief in God to read - as faith is an important subtext - but the action of the story was certainly enough to have me up far later than I should have been last night. Almost done with this one as the climax has hit.
And maybe I should have included as 9) reading everyone's blogs. I'm getting to sleep at a reasonable hour, but intend to spend a chunk of tomorrow trying to get caught up. I know there was a chunk of blogs from about mid-week that I missed ... but I'm not sure how to figure out which I've read or not, so I sincerely apologize if I've missed one!