Finding Ourselves on the Autism Spectrum

I've been tagged

Kathleen at was sweet enough to tag me in a “sort of ‘what do you have by your bed to read’ meme.  The rules are that you have to take a picture of the books….explain a little about them…and then tag a few bloggers..” (I copied that bit from Kathleen.)

A few months ago I was going through a phase reading Shakespeare and Dickens – seriously.  Sadly, such is no longer the case.  My current powers of concentration tend to things with shorter chapters and simpler words.  And, truth be told, I don’t get much chance to read in bed these days, which pains me greatly.  Hubby snores more than a bit, and by the time I get into bed at night, I can usually only get through two or three pages of something before nodding off.  So I tend to do my reading during the day or evening sitting in my favorite glider chair that my children have not yet succeeded in breaking, which is located in the room downstairs that I try unsuccessfully to keep to mostly to myself.  Next to the chair I have two little tables, one of which is mostly covered in books (along with some afghan squares, a sewing box for my quilting supplies, and a brush for the cats):

That doesn’t really make it very clear what I’m reading, so here’s a better shot of the books themselves:

Mostly these are books that I’m just reading a bit at a time, alternating amongst all of them. 

 How to Talk So Kids Will Listen is something I look at periodically to keep me mindful of how I’m speaking to my kids and to get occasional new pointers.  It’s hard to keep seeing that there really are things I could be doing better with just a little practice.

Next to that is Anne of Green Gables, which I am rereading in hopes of finally moving on to the rest of the series.  Living in a house full of men, I find myself with a need for something girlie every once in a while.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy just makes me laugh and keeps me from taking life too seriously.  I first came across the series as a teenager, and I’m very happy that my two older boys have both enjoyed it so much.

I’m still working my way through Aspergirls off and on.  I have to be in the right frame of mind for exploring this one and asking myself which parts of the book resonate with me and to what extent.  I had taken a break for a little while, but I think I may be ready to pick it back up again.

The green book is a collection of three works by H. Emilie Cady.  It’s spiritual reading that feeds my need for positive input, and I especially like her focus in one chapter on embracing different viewpoints.  There is a Bible below that which I am actually in the process of reading all the way through alternating between the Old and New Testaments.  I got stalled in that for a while, but now I am almost three quarters of the way through.

To the left of that is my latest P.G. Wodehouse book from the Blandings Castle series.  I came across the Wodehouse Jeeves and Wooster television series on PBS because I’m a fan of Hugh Laurie from “House”, who plays Bertie Wooster, but I like the Wodehouse books so much better.  As in the Hitchhiker’s books, so much of the enjoyment is in the narrative, which you really miss in any kind of television or film productions.

The little book left of that is an Alanon daily devotional book.  There’s a great deal of wisdom there, and it’s something I can read even when I’m having a bad day and can’t focus on much of anything else.

The last book is a library copy of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  I’m not enjoying it as much as some of her other works, but I decided I was going to read them all, so I’m doing my best to appreciate what I can.  After that, I plan to move on to Mansfield Park.

There you have it.  And now to inquire about the reading habits of some other worthy bloggers:

Aspergirl Maybe at

Angel  at

Bruce at

So what’s everybody reading?


Comments on: "I've been tagged" (9)

  1. Cool stuff! I LOVED Anne of Green Gables! OMG SO MUCH!!! Also, Hitchhiker’s Guide.

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love love love “Hitchhikers”!

  3. Thanks for the tag Diane!

    I think this round of blog tags will be very interesting. I am always excited to find new reads. You have some here that I will be interested in checking out.

    I also see you read many of the authors I love too. Jane Austin, Shakespeare (I have both of their complete works), and Dickens. 🙂

  4. Aspergirl Maybe said:

    Thanks – I’ll do it soon. I’ve been sick with a horrible cold and am just getting back to real life today. To top it off, my son’s birthday is today and I am hosting him and six other kiddos at Chuck E Cheese’s – oh joy!!

  5. Thanks Diane. It will take me a bit of time to get this done as I don’t have a camera and my scanner isn’t working! Maybe this is my excuse to finally buy a camera! 🙂

  6. […] currently reading, and it took me so long to do it that I got tagged again by someone else! Thanks Diane & […]

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