Last year I set out to read 12 books. I figured a month per book felt like a generous time limit. I ended up reading 12 books plus a few more, so mission accomplished! Some months I didn’t read at all and then there was one month where I read three. Either way, I think setting the goal definitely helped me be more conscientious in choosing a book over mindlessly scrolling through my phone after the kiddos went down for bed.
This year I decided to stay the course and read at least another 12 books. My literary year got off to a slow start, but thanks to our recent Mexico vacation I was able to catch up. Here’s what I’ve read so far:
Station Eleven: Yet another post apocalyptic book, but not of the young adult variety. It’s a fresh take on the “end of the world” and actually seems quite plausible. Reading this on vacation kind of gave me the creeps, but in a good way…? Not that there’s a good way to get the creeps (unless you are into that sort of thing), but being thousands of miles away from home really heightened the creep factor for me.
The Rosie Project: I had seen this pop up on one book round after another and decided to check it out for myself. It’s a romance novel but the main character’s approach and outlook on life gives it a unique and quirky spin. It’s a quick read laced with a good amount of subtle humor. I plan on digging into the sequel in the near future.
The Other Typist: Let me start with a little personal background story. This was actually a book I checked out of the library that ended up having to pay for due to an accidental coffee spill. The pages are still completely legible, but the library deemed it damaged and so I became it’s rightful and delinquent owner. The funny thing is I turned it in (gasp! coffee stained and all!) without even reading it! I guess I have my clumsy ways to thank because I really enjoyed this one. After residing on my nightstand for several months I finally decided to crack the spine and finished it a few days later. It’s suspenseful and definitely made me think. I still have questions and hope the author will write a sequel so they can be answered. I found discussion of it being made into a movie starring Keira Knightly, but this was several years back so who knows? This was probably my favorite read of the three, but really they’re all gems. I’d recommend reading any one of them.
What’s on your nightstand? I’ve got several non-fiction books I need to turn my attention to but could use another great nonfiction read.