A few months ago I was adding a book to my Goodreads account when I decided I had reached my threshold for the number of items on my “to-read” shelf. I spent some time going through the list and determining if each one was something that I would still be interested in reading. Roughly 115 of them made the final cut, which is a much more manageable number than what I started with.
Sometimes I will read a book by a particular author and decide that I love them and have to read everything they’ve ever written. Suddenly 17 more books have just been added to my account. Considering I average about a book a week or less lately, there is no way I would ever get through that stack. So, moving forward, I vow to do two things: 1) Only add books to my “to-read” shelf that I’m really excited about and not ones that will do “when I have time” because I’m learning that I will never have time for those! 2) Read more! Much more. I’m a little overwhelmed with magazine subscriptions at the moment, but I plan to fit more reading time in, whether it’s during my lunch break or for a little while each night. I’m not sure I will ever get that list down to zero (and I truly hope that I don’t!!) but I would like to keep it from giving me panic attacks.
That being said, here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
Torch [Cheryl Strayed] – This was one of those cases where I picked up a book by this author, loved it, and then wanted to read everything else of hers that I could get my hands on. This time it worked out well for me, as I enjoyed both Torch and Wild. Torch is fiction, but is based on the author’s own life. I read Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things first, and since both are autobiographical, I enjoyed connecting the parts of Torch to those parts of Cheryl Strayed’s story that I already knew. I will say that had I not read this book after the other two, I may not have been as interested, as it can be a bit slow and is certainly a little depressing, although moving.
An Abundance of Katherines [John Green] – Ok, so I guess I really do this a lot. I picked up this book after finishing The Fault in Our Stars and having actual pains from missing the crap out of that book once I turned the last page. An Abundance of Katherines was a similarly endearing story with quirky characters, but I didn’t fall in love with it as much as I did the first John Green novel that I read. Being the nerd that I am, I can’t discount a book with so much math in it, so I still would say it was a good read, but definitely start with his other books.
Landline [Rainbow Rowell] – I was waiting for this one to come out before it was even published. After finishing everything else that Rainbow Rowell has written (yeah, yeah, it’s a thing.), I actually set a reminder in my calendar to grab this book on Kindle the first day it was out. I finished it the next day. I just love all her stories, all her characters, and the way I get sucked in. The one and only thing I didn’t like about Landline was that [SPOILER ALERT] I never got a logical explanation as to why the crazy, time-traveling phone thing was happening (intrigued yet?), but that wasn’t enough to keep me from loving this story. It was one of those where I put it down at the end and feel like I just lost my best friend, which may sound like a terrible feeling, but that’s how I know it was a good read.
So that’s my list! What have you been reading? If I were to (carefully this time) add some books to my list, what would you suggest??