Monday, April 20, 2020


By Mary Kennedy                                         

I've been doing a lot of "reading on the fly" lately. With social distancing and less structure to my day, I find myself reading several books at once, grabbing snippets to savor here and there. Maybe you find yourself doing the same thing?

And I've developed a new appreciation for non-fiction, particularly history, biographies and memoirs. Somehow it's easier to read just a page or two of non-fiction when there are a lot of distractions. I can read a few pages of non-fiction and walk away; if I were reading fiction, (particularly mysteries) I'd be frantically turning the pages, wondering what was going to happen next. Here are a few books I've enjoyed.

My father was a law professor for fifty years and a voracious reader. He always kept three books open in his office; the Bible, The Oxford New English Dictionary and the Complete Plays of Shakespeare. He would find precious moments to read a page or two of each throughout the day.  He did this for decades. When he reached the end of the books, he simply started over at the beginning.

I've added some French language books to the mix, including a biography of Toulouse-Lautrec,one of my favorite painters. I studied French and art in Paris and kept some of my old textbooks, a treasure trove! 

And on a light-hearted note, I just finished reading Ed McMahon's book on Johnny Carson. When I was writing some celeb pieces in Hollywood, I was lucky enough to snare front row seats for the last night of the Carson show, so I found the memoir engrossing. 

How about you? Have you expanded your reading since the lockdown? Do you have open books scattered around the house? In any case, happy reading!

Mary Kennedy

1 comment:

The Happy Whisk said...

I love the happiness and books. So true.