Time to Read


Last month, I let myself go on a reading spree. I ignored my writing projects, let days go by without sharing a blog post, and consumed seven books.

All of that strengthened my love for writing.

Out of the seven, four are nonfiction and three are novels. One book’s setting is my hometown of Santa Barbara, while another took me away to a small town in Montana. In one, Death told me he is haunted by humans; in another, an Indian man told of finding joy in Jesus.

And then there is The Warmth of Other Suns, my favorite of the seven. It is a book that everyone should read. Outstanding writing. Amazing stories. American history.

I read over 2600 pages, highly entertained by the words of two female and five male authors.

My day job slipped into hyperdrive at the beginning of May, which explains why I needed to let someone else do the work when I returned home each day. Thank God for deep sinks and dark closets. Everything waited for me.

Now that I’ve been fully inspired by several wonderful writers, I’ll get back to the business of writing my own stories.

And please keep sharing your book recommendations with me. A “to-read” list can never be too long.


Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. I see we suffer from the same fate!! ha ha My eyes are dry now because of allergies so I am not reading as much as I would like, but they are getting better and I am finding I can read a bit longer each day. What joy I feel again! 😀 I appreciate your suggestions too, I will be broaden my horizons with books I may not have chosen. I saw the picture of your friend and I thought – I wish we would live next to each other – we would talk all the time about books I am sure!! A pot of hot tea and book discussion…ummm sounds like the perfect neighbor to me.


    • Yesterday I picked up two more books from the library: “All the Light We Cannot See,” which everyone is raving about, and “Farewell to Summer,” Bradbury’s sequel to “Dandelion Wine.” I just started Steinbeck’s “East of Eden.”

      Which picture of my friend did you see? Something on Facebook?


  2. Oh, Darla, we are definitely on the same page(s). 😉 I don’t let myself read during the day because I’d never get anything done, so I read every night for an hour when I go to bed. If I get really caught up in the story, soon that hours turns into two, then three.
    The best present I was given by a friend was a weekend in her mtn. cabin with two other writing friends. We cooked together, hiked for an hour each morning, and had coffee and cake each night together. The rest of the 3-day weekend we went to our rooms or out on the deck or wherever…and no one talked or interrupted; we all just READ. It was a delight.


    • Three days of uninterrupted reading in the mountains, and knowing that your good friends are sharing that joy, too — heaven!

      One of my favorite conditions for reading is a rainy day. And, believe it or not, it rained on Tuesday here in California — all day and into the evening. The air was warm (it was 70* at 6pm), so I had all the windows open. I read for hours.


  3. Just read The Aviator’s Wife. Learned so much about history during the time of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s first 15 years of marriage. Highly recommend it. Mbrace


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