books i love and what to read next

What to read next? It’s a perpetual question in my life.

I love to read. I really love to read.

One day, when I was a kid, maybe 9 or 10, my dad took my brother and me to a professional baseball game. It was a double header, the Yankees or the Mets against who knows. My brother hung on every pitch. I brought a book (something by Laura Ingalls Wilder, I think) and only looked up when a foul ball came into the stands. My dad must have been mortified; who goes to a baseball game with a novel? But mortification notwithstanding, that’s who I was—and still am. I’m always with a book in my bag or on my phone, ready to grab a free few minutes to immerse myself in a great story.

In the time before kids, I went through several books each a week (I also slept more and weighed less, but I digress). Since kids, I still read a lot, I’m in a book club, and I’ve, miraculously, stayed on top of my New Yorker subscription. I’m proud to have 97 books in 2016, keeping track of what I’ve read and what I want to read on Goodreads (Are you on Goodreads? If so, let’s follow each other!).

I’m always on the look out for the next book, so please share your suggestions in the comments. If you’re looking for something to read, check out my reviews below, organized by book type. And, enjoy.

Before you head into the reviews…

— These are my favorite books of 2016.

— Here are my 2015 and 2014 reading lists.

How I Stay Sane by Reading Books

—Here’s a post about the snow day I was home with kids and decided to reorganize our books by color.

—How I’m raising readers

Books I’ve written about and reviewed here on Red Shutters include…

My Must-Reads