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Three books I’m reading right now.

I never read one book at a time.
It’s a habit I picked up while a
Student at the University of Virginia.

On average, those in my major
Were assigned six to seven books each week.
And, each day we would discuss a section
From the assigned text.

Reading one book at a time
Wasn’t an option.
The habit remains.
Also, I get bored easily
And have adult ADHD.

And so, these are three books
I am currently reading right now:

Hollow Kingdom
By Kira Jane Buxton.
It’s narrated by a crow
Named S.T. who is trying to
Survive a zombie apocalypse
In Seattle. His murder
Consists of a dog named Dennis.

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching:
Transforming Suffering into Peace,
Joy, and Liberation
By Thich Nhat Hanh.
Title and subtitle says it all.
I read this book on repeat
Every week, particularly
The Noble Eightfold Path.

In the Company of Crows and Ravens
By John Marzluff and Tony Angell.
You may recognize a theme of
Crows here with me. Marzluff
Refers to crows not as birds,
But as “flying monkeys.”
If you know anything of crows,
There’s a reason why Marzluff
Calls them this.

If you were to buy one of
the books mentioned here,
I would receive a commission
which I appreciate as it helps
pay for the operating costs
of this blog.

By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.

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