My sister recently sent me a book titled "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." I am enjoying it very much, it is certainly recommendable. But here is the funny thing - and let me say that my insightful and experienced sister sent this book to me with understanding and intention that this was precisely what would happen - I keep it in my downstairs bathroom, which is currently my favorite reading place. The book is composed as a collection of letters. Whenever I manage to break away from everything else for a quick pee, I lock the door and read one letter. Occasionally I do this to the complete neglect of a screaming child, I admit. I'm really only in there a very short time, but it is like a mini-retreat - a tiny vacation. It is just a moment away from the hustle and bustle of being mom for a quick journey across the Atlantic into the thoughtful lives of other adults at another time in history. Ahhh. You don't know what a grand effect this distraction has on my sanity, this brief walk of my imagination into another world.
I know for a fact that I am not the only mother who has taken refuge in the bathroom from time to time. Where else is there the same privacy (if you are lucky enough to get it even there with small children around)? And these days my time to sit with a book is limited and I just absolutely can't stand to not finish a chapter (I'm quite neurotic about it actually). So the layout of this book is perfect for me right now. The only problem is, I'm going to finish it before too long. Anyone have any other great recommendations for me of a book like this or with very short chapters? It is quickly becoming a must have!