Mar 17, 2018


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A few screenshots from my "Books" Collection on Instagram.  

It's been a long while since I've had a good "to read" list and this situation adds undue stress in my life.  Without a list, I tend to struggle with finding reading material that makes me excited to keep at it.  I end up wasting a lot of time in fruitless book browsing. 

To remedy this, I asked a few friends for suggestions and spent some time combing through saved posts in my "Books" Collection on Instagram.  I also looked at booklists via Pinterest.  I did some genre searches via Goodreads and was intrigued to learn that I've read almost all of the books that come up on the first several pages of the "literary fiction" search.  Although there is definitely some diversity in what I read, this genre seems to be my fall back. 

With a long list of potential books in hand, I spent a couple hours reading descriptions and reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads. 

Although it took a lot more time than I anticipated, I managed to compile a list of 20 books that I am excited to get my hands on.

In no particular order, these are the books on my current "to read" list:

1 / What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
2 / The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
3 / Start with Amen by Beth Guckenberger
4 / And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrick Backman
5 / The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
6 / Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
7 / Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
8 / The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
9 / Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
10 / Going Into Town by Roz Chast
11 / Matylda, Bright and Tender by Holly McGhee
12 / 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Wiest
13 / Happiness: A Memoir by Heather Harpham
14 / The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
15 / Little Bee by Chris Cleave
16 / Exit West by Moshin Hamid
17 / Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
18 / The World to Come by Dara Horn
19 / Camp Austen by Ted Scheinman
20 / Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

And a few more things to share:

* This list includes two re-reads (Little Bee and The World to Come), both of which I remember that I enjoyed reading, but whose plots I don't recall. 

* Several of the authors on the list are new to me.  Once I find an author I like, I usually read more of their work.   So I am holding out hope that this list will lead me to more reading. 

* One step I didn't take when making this list was checking book availability at my local library.  I have a feeling that at least a few of these titles will not be available.  But, I'll hold out hope and consider purchasing a few, if need be. 

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't finish Little Bee because it was so disturbing! It kept giving me a bad feeling when I picked it up, so I abandoned it. I did LOVE Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, by the same author, though!