Is there anything more satisfying than buying books from the comfort of your own couch, on a Saturday morning, in your pajamas, with a cup of tea? I think not. I read a lot as a little girl. I was an only child and my house was full of books (thanks mom!), so I didn’t really have a choice. In college I no longer had time to read for pleasure. Most evenings my brain was too tired to do anything but stare at the TV before going to bed at a ridiculously early hour. But I have time to read again! Sure I work full time, but there’s nothing I really have to do when I get home at night. No papers to write or journal articles to study. I could do the dishes, or the laundry, or sweep the floors, but none of that is mandatory. Skelly certainly doesn’t care if the dishes pile up.
So I’m on a quest to read more. My goal is to read 50 books this year. I’ve gotten through 12 so far, but then I ran out. I own hundreds of books, but they’re all back home in Pennsylvania. I’ve tried going to the library to check books out, but it just doesn’t feel the same to me. I love seeing books on my shelves. I think they’re beautiful. I want to own them so that if they’re good, I can read them again and again. If they’re no good, I add them to one of Madison’s Little Free Libraries once I’m finished with them, and hope that someone else will enjoy them more than I did.
So far this year I’ve read…
The Day of the Storm, by Rosamunde Pilcher – I love Rosamund Pilcher’s books. Easy to read, a hint of mystery, and they always take place in Cornwall, which is my favorite place on earth.
Little Bee, by Chris Cleave – This is one that I grabbed from a Little Free Library. It’s a fictional read with some very real examples of the atrocities associated with the Nigerian Oil War. A really interesting book with honest characters that was important to read, but certainly does not fall into the “feel good” category.
Hooked on Murder (A Crochet Mystery), by Betty Hechtman – Another one from a Little Free Library. And that’s exactly where it went when I was finished with it. Not a fan.
At the Edge of Ireland; Seasons on the Beara Peninsula, by David Yeadon – This is the only non-fiction book I’ve read this year. I usually choose fiction because I like to escape when I’m reading. This book fits that bill perfectly though. I’m pretty darn convinced that I should move to the Beara Peninsula at the earliest opportunity!
Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah – Way too sad, and stressful, and emotionally draining. I’ve got a few other books by this author lingering on my shelf, but I just don’t know if I have it in me to read them.
The End of Summer, by Rosamunde Pilcher – Can you tell I really like Rosamund Pilcher?
The Sea Wolf, by Jack London – This is a book that has been on my shelf for a while, and I never really had any interest in reading it. Eventually it was the only thing left to read, so I picked it up and was pleasantly surprised.
Treason at Lisson Grove, by Anne Perry – My kind of book; mystery, period setting, fun to read.
Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery – I was a little home sick when I decide to read this. My grandma had the Anne of Green Gables movie, and I remember watching it in her living room.
Leaving Everything Most Loved, by Jacqueline Winspear – I can’t get enough of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs books. Historical fiction, combined with mystery and a strong female character….yum!
The Cater Street Hangman, by Anne Perry – Are you sensing a theme? If it’s set in England, in the past, and somebody’s been murdered, I’m all in.
Endless Night, by Agatha Christie – Probably the strangest Agatha Christie book that I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot of them. It didn’t feel like quintessential Agatha to me, but I had a great time reading it. There was a twist at the end that I was definitely not prepared for.
I’d love to hear your suggestions of what I should add to my reading list! What is your favorite book? Why?