I think that today is supposed to be A People’s Readalong post. As one of the hosts for the readalong, it pains me to say this but I’m going to drop out. I haven’t read for the past few weeks (except for the chapter on WWI, which Zinn manages to make about class struggle), but I’m pretty sure I understand Zinn’s thesis (class conflict = raw deal for the people) so I’m going to drop out of the readalong. (Sorry Jill and Nomadreader!) I feel bad about it, but reading the book has become a painful experience. I just can’t see stretching this out until July and being miserable the whole way through. So I admit defeat and give both Jill and Nomadreader a free pass if they want to bail too. It is a shame because I think the ideas in the book are important to know and understand, but the writing and presentation is just so painful to read. I might try to read the kid’s version (which, to be quite frank, is way more accessible) and just call it a day. I’m not one for giving up on books, but too many of you have made the point that “Life is too short to read books you don’t enjoy” so I’m taking this advice to heart and marking this as a “Did Not Finish.”
On a happier note, check out my repurposed fountain! We’ve had this fountain in the backyard for about 2 years but it developed unpatchable leaks so I got the bright idea to turn it into a little flower garden. I think it came out wonderfully. If the plants don’t die, I think I’ve got a lovely little container garden on my hands.