Meredy's 2021 Reading Journal

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Meredy's 2021 Reading Journal

Ene 1, 4:38pm

Welcome, and thank you for checking out my reading journal.

This is my tenth year of cataloguing my reading on LibraryThing and posting my reflections. The last couple have been very much off the norm for me, and I can't see very far ahead at present. However, keeping up is a worthwhile effort.

Most especially, I value the warm friendships and interesting commenters I've found on LibraryThing.

Here's to a better reading year.


Link to 2020 reading journal.

Editado: Feb 24, 8:14pm

This is my actual reading record, with links to comments and reviews. I truly hope to have more of those this year than last. And I look forward to seeing the thoughts and recommendations of my fellow readers on LT.


• Nothing. Reading slump.


The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion (2005), 227 pages; 2/18/2021 (★★★★★). Comments: post 38.

Currently reading

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake

Ene 1, 4:45pm

Meredy, I'm very happy to see your new thread. I hope this year is better all around--not just for reading.

Ene 1, 4:58pm

Happy new thread.

Ene 1, 4:59pm

Happy New Year!

Ene 1, 5:06pm

>1 Meredy: Happy new year.

Ene 1, 6:13pm

Happy New Year!

Ene 2, 5:08am

Hippo Gnu Ear!

Ene 2, 8:41am

Happy new year Meredy! I hope it is a better one in every way.

Ene 2, 11:34am

Wishing you a good year in reading and in life.

Ene 2, 5:12pm

Happy New Year and New Thread! May this be a brighter year than the last one.

Ene 2, 9:38pm

Happy New Year, >1 Meredy:. May 2021 bring you joy, and may all your reads be pleasurable.

(Thanks again for that Masha Gessen book bullet during the Summer.)

Ene 3, 11:38pm

Happy New Year!

Ene 5, 4:14pm

I have enjoyed our book discussions and look forward to more interesting conversations.

Here is wishing you and yours will in 2021!

Ene 6, 9:07pm

Happy new year, Meredy!

Ene 21, 4:43am

I am sorry to bring the news that Meredy's husband passed way last Friday. To lose someone is difficult at any time, but in the midst of restrictions for the pandemic it is made all the more difficult.

Meredy, we are thinking of you.

Ene 21, 7:29am

>16 pgmcc: thank you for letting us know.

Meredy, I cannot be there in person to give you a real hug, but if you can, imagine I'm there doing my best to give you comfort.

Check in when you can, let us know how you are.

Ene 21, 8:59am

Oh I'm so very sorry. I'm wishing you strength and good memories. Grief is draining, but don't let it get on top of you too much. We love you and welcome you back when you feel it's time.

Ene 21, 9:11am

Long-distance (((((hugs))))). There are no words.

Ene 21, 10:02am

So sorry to hear this. Holding you and yours in the light.

Ene 21, 10:30am

So sorry to hear this dreadful news. You have my deepest condolences.

Ene 21, 10:38am

Oh, Meredy. Wishing you strength and peace.

Ene 21, 11:16am

So sorry to hear this.

Ene 21, 12:39pm

Meredy, I'm so very sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts.

Ene 21, 3:02pm

So sorry for you.

Ene 21, 3:40pm

Thank you for letting us know, Peter.

Meredy, when you do feel like returning here, you can know that you have many caring friends waiting.

My thoughts are with you at this time.

Ene 21, 4:10pm

My deepest sympathies, Meredy. I will be holding you and yours in the light.

Ene 21, 4:16pm

Meredy, sending virtual hugs, I'm so sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts.

Ene 21, 5:05pm

My sympathies.

Ene 22, 12:55pm

wishing you strength and peace at this terrible time. may the good memories overshadow the bad ones.

Ene 22, 1:09pm

Thank you. Thank you all so much. It's incredible how much this helps, even though we know each other only from afar. I do imagine your hugs and gentle presses of the hand and quiet voices. I feel you there.

Clam, the candle is so apt.

And thank you, Peter, for bearing the message on my behalf.

Ene 23, 10:29am

>16 pgmcc: Catching up on threads. So sorry to hear this. I'm keeping Meredy and her family in my thoughts. My condolences.

Ene 23, 2:32pm

>31 Meredy: I am so very sorry. We love you, care for you, and are thinking of you. May your heart find healing in its own time.

Ene 25, 4:10pm

Holding you in my heart, dear Meredy. Be good to you.

Ene 26, 11:02am

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, Meredy. You and your family will be in my thoughts in these dark days.

Feb 3, 8:13pm

Every word of comfort and friendship here has reached my heart. And I needed them all. I'm so grateful.

It seems I have finally broken through my three-month reading slump, by turning to something I can identify with right now: Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. Maybe this is a case where the only way out is through. I hope she found it. I hope I do.

Editado: Feb 4, 2:42pm

>36 Meredy: That is an excellent choice. I listened to the audio a year or so after my husband passed. Hang in there.

Editing to add: I couldn't find the Didion book in my LT catalog. Not willing to admit that I'm losing my mind I looked in my text 'book log' database, and found that I actually listened to this back in 2007. It was H is for Hawk that I listened to after Pete passed, at my daughter's recommendation.

Editado: Feb 19, 6:36pm

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion (2005), 227 pages; 2/18/2021 (★★★★★)

This was just the right book for me now and just the right thing to crash through my months-long reading slump, the first I can remember in my adult life.

Joan Didion's searching chronicle of her first year following the sudden death of her husband in 2004 helped steer me toward an essential realism in my own present crisis. She sheds light on such ordinarily inexpressible traumas as the shattering of all our connections and the collapsing of the everyday routines that anchor our lives. She distinguishes valuably between mourning and grief. She exposes her own toxic denial and turns it to recognition.

I'd never read any of Didion's work before, but I'll be back for more. The pairing of her prose, clear as lead crystal, with the plumbing of emotions and perceptions too deep for most people's words, worked a kind of catharsis for me. Like her, I'm struggling to grasp that no response is coming and that the absence is permanent.

And that in the end you have to go with the change.

"There was a level on which I believed that what had happened remained reversible. That was why I needed to be alone." (page 32)

Feb 20, 2:28am

>38 Meredy: I am glad you found a book that spoke you in a meaningful way at the right time. Your post is inspiring.

I could not help thinking that your comments on the Didion's prose, ...clear as lead crystal, could be applied to your own writing.

Editado: Feb 23, 10:05pm

>38 Meredy: I'm glad this one worked so well for you. I haven't read anything else on the subject that has matched it, to be honest.

Feb 24, 3:19am

>38 Meredy:
Thank you for your review of this. I am glad that you found something that speaks to you at this time.

There was a time when I could really have done with such a book, but I could find nothing that was not trite.

Feb 24, 8:12pm

Thank you.

My current book, Entangled Life, is without a doubt one of the most astonishing things I have ever read.

Feb 25, 8:20am

>42 Meredy:, Oohhh, that was one of my Christmas presents! I look forward to your thoughts on it. I'm very excited about it.

Feb 25, 11:05am

>42 Meredy: Ouch. Direct hit with that one!

Feb 25, 11:51am

>44 Marissa_Doyle: Yeah, same. I added it to my Libby wishlist, but if it goes on sale for the Kindle I'm snagging it.