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2023 Book Tracker
Happy 2023! To a year full of integration, expansion, activation, reflection, fun and joy! Like any other year, I look forward to embarking into the world of words- and reading my way through my time here on Earth!
Reading has always, after all, been a huge part of my life and I’m beyond excited to be here to receive, work with and alchemize a whole new host of worlds, words, people, information and places this year- yet again.
I’m also looking forward to adding my thoughts and highlighting some important quotes, take aways, lessons and themes from every book!
With that- this year’s book goal is 24 books- so roughly 2 books every month!
Let’s get started, shall we?
January- Finished Reading:
We are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Completed Book Total: 3
Unfortunately for the Ingalls’ family, after suffering and taking on a lot of debt in Plum Creek, they don’t have that much to invest into resources for the Winter. So, when coal becomes incredibly pricey, they instead have to twist hay into “sticks” to burn. With the shorter days too, instead of burning the candles longer (which was itself its own valuable resource), they would just sleep longer! Comparing this to today, while I do think it’s amazing we have electricity and no longer have to rely on just candle light, I do think we could all serve to be more aware on our usage, and when we actually need it vs. when we don’t. Candle light (make sure its made of good materials) is also more calming/nurturing to the nervous system - so this year I tried to live off more natural light vs artificial light.
Expanding off the reality of Winter in the past vs. now, here in Wisconsin we didn’t have that much snow this year, but even just a little bit makes it difficult to get around or want to do much. In the past this was no different. After so much snow, the trains they relied on for goods, stopped coming until Spring. This caused the townspeople to have to ration. Furthermore, at one point the house is completely buried in snow (I can’t imagine that- the highest I’ve seen snow ever is around 5 ft!), but one perk to this is that the dad is able to create tunnels through it that block out the wind. He also has to attach a clothesline from the home to the stable because if a storm hits, it makes it so you can’t see anything. You can easily miss the house and then just get lost out on the prairie for good which is terrifying that a simple day’s chores or a short walk, could cause you to fare so badly! At one point, two “men”, Almanzo and Cap had to go across the prairie searching for a man that they heard had wheat just to make sure that the town did not die before the end of Winter! And one more thing, the men would get so cold outside that when they came in- they would have to thaw their feet, nose and ears with snow!
Overall, reality is, Winter is harsh and isolating on humans. It is not easy, and one must be mentally, physically and emotionally prepared in more ways than one to survive through it.
February- Finished Reading:
By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Completed Book Total: 6
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My name is Rinka Moon! I have always loved reading ever since I was a small child. It was always one of my favorite ways to learn about and explore the world around me! I loved that I could immerse myself into new places, and learn from the perspectives of the author, and characters they created. In my childhood, reading was what ultimately got me to become way better at English (Japanese was my first language and I was in ESL classes until 2nd grade) and was what led me to actually pursue a degree in Education (as an English teacher). Although, I realized my calling is not teaching in the traditional education system, I love the idea that through this blog, I am still able to share my love for books and reading here with all of you!
From one magical word explorer to another- if you have any favorites you’d like to recommend, or you end up reading any of these- do let me know!
With love, Elysian on Earth
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"She dances with the spirit of the sun, loves with the strength of wild water, moves with the moods of the moon, and creates with the wills of the wind.
She is magic. She is woman. "
She is magic. She is woman. "