From One Rabbit Hole to Another

It’s been a bookish time.

The books in front are books I own. They get neglected because they don’t have due dates. You can’t quite see the two stacks of library books behind them. Some due dates don’t matter because the library automatically renews them ten times; others do when other patrons put a hold on the books. Not a bad set up.

The rabbit hole started with an interview that led to a book about four women spies during the civil war (Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy), which led to a book about women who dressed as men to fight in the civil war (They Fought Like Demons), which led to a memoir of one of them, Francis Thompson. Then an interview with Elizabeth Becker, author of You Don’t Belong Here (about three women who broke the barrier for women war reporting during the Vietnam war) fit nicely into the women-in-war theme and started a new rabbit hole.

Each of the three women Becker had written about had a book to her credit, and my library has all but one. (Inter-library loan is still not functioning; hasn’t been restarted since other Covid cancellations. Sigh.) Plus Becker has a brief section in her book about her own time reporting in Cambodia, and she has written another book, When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution. So far I’ve read (and viewed) two. First, photographer Catherine Leroy’s collection of Vietnam war photos wherein she selected from many photographers, not just her own, and submitted the photos to writers for comment. Some comments reflected on the photo itself, others on the writers’ experiences. And because I never did understand the Cambodia/Vietnam connection, I chose Becker’s book next. As she unpacks the gruesome complexity, I see why I didn’t understand it in the day.

Then there are the unrelated rabbit holes. My young grandson was into the Percy Jackson variations on Greek and Roman mythology, so I thought I’d read a couple so as to be more conversant with him. I got hooked enough to read 8. Then Susan of DesertSky blog introduced me to Kate O’Hearn’s Pegasus series, also related to the Olympians. They are quite a different tone and seem more independent of the myths which mostly form a backdrop. And in between various mysteries that I’d been waiting for forever (sometimes being #350 on the wait list) would become available at random times. Ya gotta have some light reading!

I love being retired. My time is mostly my own. One of my friends passed on her mother’s advice: don’t make too many commitments too fast. I didn’t.



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6 responses to “From One Rabbit Hole to Another

  1. Lots of interesting reading there. Might have to expand my reading list when I have time

  2. That was good advice about commitments! As soon as I retired, I started to see the gleam in the eye of every nonprofit director I ran into πŸ˜€

  3. I dearly love a good rabbit hole to chase an idea or new concept down… I’m lucky to have a really great librarian at our local (tiny) library to help me do the chasing – and often reserve the exact same book after me!

  4. Can’t beat a good rabbit hole. Have you tried Stephen Fry for mythology? Can recommend his books.

  5. Susan Nixon

    I’m so glad you liked the O’Hearn books! You have been reading up a storm. Me, too, though I forgot to keep track of the last several months. Mostly it’s been Christian romance series that take place in small towns and they’re fairly well written and proofread … and free on Kindle unlimited. Sort of a change from all the apocalyptic books I was stuck on so long. And then there are the Laurence Dahners science fiction. He’s a retired doctor, but he knows so much about physics and has such great ideas!

  6. Hey thought sounds kind of awesome to fall down a bunch of reading rabbit holes! I think that is my future goals πŸ™‚

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