Once a quarter I like to share my to-read list of seasonally appropriate novels, but as we know life is unpredictable. Some books come to you at the perfect time, bringing lessons or a message that shifts us ever so slightly. However, not every book will change your life and while I try to read a couple “great” novels a year, sometimes a page-turner can simply help keep you on your reading game.
Some people prefer to get through an entire book before they move on to the next one, but speaking from personal experience this practice often results in finishing not even one book a year. When you were in school you were averaging 4-5 classes per term, so I think you can and should be able to juggle more than one book at a time. Trust me; it’s more fun than getting stuck on one slow-moving story.
This in mind, I’m introducing “What I’m Reading Wednesday,” a monthly series in which I tell you what I’m currently buried in. Now you can find my latest picks as I’m trekking along and get a better sense of how I actually meet my reading goal. If you’re interested in a particular title, you can follow my progress and final reaction on GoodReads if I ultimately decide not to share a book report with you here.
On to the reads!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
This memoir was on my radar about a year ago thanks to girls in my L.A. book club. Perhaps not being much of an outdoorsy gal the concept didn’t appeal to me, and I didn’t even add the book to my Want to Read list at the time. Once I found out it was turned into a film (starring Reese Witherspoon, for those of you living under a rock), the trailer tickled my fancy and I put myself on the waiting list at the library for a copy. The physical journey of a woman in her 20s to rediscover herself? Why did I ever doubt…
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (on tape)
Sometimes I do judge a book by its cover. I must have read about this particular book on a minimum of three suggested reading lists online, so I was thrilled when I spotted it while browsing the library. I’m the kind of person that prefers walking into a movie with minimal plot information, and the same goes for my books so it wasn’t until I started that I found The Age of Miracles is the story of middle schooler Julia at a time when the earth’s rotation slows and how it affects her otherwise ordinary life in San Diego and the rest of the world as we know it. It’s been a slow start, and part of me wants to quit but something is compelling me to keep going and I will.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
I found this book at a Barnes & Noble in Boston, and I put it at the top of my fall reading list, but it wasn’t until last month that I finally purchased my own copy. It’s a collection of essays by a Yale 2012 graduate with a promising future in writing, published posthumously after her tragic death. I may only be one essay in, but if you graduated between 2008 and now with a liberal arts degree, I’m almost certain her voice will ring true with you.
The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz
I’m not much of a nonfiction reader; memoirs, sure… everything else, not so much. I prefer stories, lessons, the beauty of the written word. I made an exception for The Body Book in an attempt to truly and finally gain a basic understanding of nutrition, appropriate now that I am working in the fitness industry. It reads like a fun textbook (remember when science used to be digestible in elementary school!), and Cameron shares snippets of her personal experience throughout. A great way to kickstart a healthy year!
What books are currently on your nightstand?