Last week was quieter on the blog than I had anticipated because I got lost… in a book.
Yup. A book.
It’s been divine.
I’ve always been a big reader, but I have found that I often struggle with finding time to read. Reading, blogging, and exercising share the same timeslot in my day. They regularly battle one another out for top billing, and reading, despite being my first love, doesn’t always win the number one slot as much as I would like.
In order to give reading the leg up in the battle for my time, I’m signed up for the 2015 Reading Challenge from Goodreads. I’ve committed to reading 45 books this year. Since I read 38 books in 2014 (while feeling I didn’t read enough), 45 should be (hopefully) a doable goal.
So far, this year, I have finished “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout, which I highly recommend. I’m already in the middle of books two and three on my 2015 Book List. Two is “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner, an author I had been looking forward to reading for some time. I learned of Stegner by reading interviews with successful writers; they would praise his works and describe him as a favorite. I’m nearly done with “Crossing to Safety” and understand why he is so recommended. His writing is beautiful, poetic, and evocative. He won a Pulitzer for “Angle of Repose,” another book that is on my to read list this year.
The other novel I am in the midst of is “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion. It’s a sequel to Simsion’s widely popular novel, “The Rosie Project,” which I read last year for my book club. I normally don’t take on more than one book at a time; however, “The Rosie Effect” is my commuting book. I’ve been listening to it, via Audible, on my drive to and from work. I’m not enjoying the sequel as much as I did the original, but I am still a fan of audio books. Listening to them makes traffic much easier to handle!
My to read list for 2015 also includes:
“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
“The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant
“My Notorious Life” by Kate Manning (book club)
“Kindred” by Octavia Butler (book club)
That’s as far as I have gotten. I am considering tackling some big reads this year, books I should have read in college or graduate school, but never did. Proust and Dante come to mind. I’m also going to try to make a dent in Goodreads’ 100 Books to Read Before You Die list, though I will not take on Jane Austen (other than “Sense and Sensibility,” which I have already read). I am not a Jane Austen fan.
With the kids, of course, my husband and I read every day. My son currently loves graphic novels, jumping back and forth between the Tintin and Lunch Lady series. My daughter and I are reading the Ivy & Bean chapter books together—well, I’m reading to her—and we’re discovering the Nancy Clancy books (she’s the Nancy from Fancy Nancy but a bit older).
The good news is that I’ll never run out of engaging things to read, which makes this 2015 goal a true pleasure.
I need suggestions for My 2015 Book List! Please share your recommendations in the comments below.