Jan 21, 2014


Books to read 450

One of the goal areas that I’ve chosen to focus on for January and February is reading.

In the past few weeks, I’ve managed to pull myself away from the computer screen a bit more than usual and have been reading during bits of downtime.  It feels great to be back in the reading habit.  I love entering new worlds through the magic of words.    

The last ten books that I’ve read:

Happened by Allie Borsh

The Girls: A Novel by Lori Lansens (my second time reading this book)

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Wife's Tale: A Novel by Lori Lansens

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment: A Novel by Jennifer Cody Epstein

As seems to be my normal, my last ten books are a pretty even mix of fiction and non-fiction.  Ten years ago, I leaned much more heavily towards fiction.  I’m not sure what prompted the change or exactly when it happened, but my current reading habits feel like a nice balance of being educated and being entertained.  I’m good with that. 

I wanted to choose a favorite from the ten, but that’s pretty much impossible since they vary so much in subject matter and cross a few different genres. Instead, I’ve made up some book awards and assigned them accordingly.   

Quickest read: Hyperbole and a Half (Where’d You Go Bernadette was a close second.)

Most inspiring: Love Does

Funniest: Hyperbole and a Half

Most helpful to my everyday life: Getting Things Done

Most beautifully written: The Lowland

Best for dog owners: Hyperbole and a Half

Currently, I am reading Growing Up Amish: A Memoir by Ira Wagler and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  I’ve read The Scarlet Letter three times before and think I enjoy it more each time. 

Awesomely, all but three of these twelve books were checked out from the library.  One was loaned to me by my best friend.  One was loaned to me by my other best friend (aka my sister) and one belongs in our home library.)

What are you reading?  Do you have any book suggestions to share?

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