I began to read “Call of the Wild” by Jack London. Before I read a book, I always like to learn a little bit about the author. In doing so, I learned that Jack London had a very rough life. He came to believe that life is an unending struggle against the ruthless forces of nature. At the beginning of Call of the Wild, the dog Buck has a very nice life in a very comfortable home. Soon, he is kidnapped and forced to become a sled dog in the Klondike region of Canada. I read it for about 4 chapters. To be honest, the book depressed me! I decided to stop reading it.

Note: It is OK to begin reading a book and then decide not to finish it.

A while back, I went to Books-A-Million. Outside the front door are some discount book shelves. I found a book for $2.00 and it was quite a find! Claire Tomalin is one of my favorite biographers of late nineteenth and early twentieth century British authors. I have a book she read about Jane Austen. That day, (for $2.00!) I found a biography of Thomas Hardy, written by Tomalin. I began reading it two days ago.

The Winter Reading Challenge list is a recommended list of books to read during the winter months. I will get through most of them, but when I find additional books to read along the way, I can’t resist. I encourage you to find a book that makes you want to pick it up again and again. It’s like visiting with a friend!