One of my 2014 goals is to read 12 books this year. I am happy to say I am already ahead on that goal. This for me has always been something I’ve wanted to do. When I was a kid (and well into my teens!) I was a voracious reader. Once I got sucked into the internet and started knitting, reading kind of dropped off my radar. I kept up with Harry Potter, but other than that was done reading completely. At some point I read the Twilight Series and the 50 Shades of Grey series, and I listened to The Omnivore’s Dilemma as an audio book. Other than that? Nothing. I did read for school, but nothing particularly interesting or captivating. I had been wanting to start reading again for a multitude of reasons, so I finally got it back into my priorities this winter.
I started out trying to read Ender’s Game, but just could not get into it for some reason (which is amusing because I read the whole series in middle school and LOVED them), so while Bret and I were in Alabama over Christmas we visited this amazing used book store called 2nd and Charles, (they also sell used/new CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and records!) and I went a little crazy buying used books. Which of course, for me is like three or four books. But at that point I wasn’t reading at all, so it felt a little dangerous!
Anyways, I started the year off with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. It was nice and short, I read it while we were traveling home and finished it the day after we got home. I enjoyed it but thought it was a little slow. I am not entirely sure what urged me to read this book, but I wanted to and I found a copy of it. I think it was a nice way for me to break back into the reading world.
After that I jumped into something a bit more substantial… I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. This is one of my mom’s all time favorites, and had been on my list for a while. I have read at least one of Wally Lamb’s other books (not that I remember it at all) and figured this one would be good. I read nearly 900 pages in about ten days. God, this book was amazing. I totally cried when it was over.
Next up was Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. This was a recommendation that I got from a friend when I posted a Facebook status asking for book ideas! That was the day I joined Goodreads and my to-read list grew exponentially! Anyways, this one got bumped up on my list simply because I read some hysterical reviews of it on goodreads and so I knew I had to check it out. It was a bit slower for me because I started it right after the semester started and I had to read slower to comprehend it, which I enjoyed. It also is so quote-able! It was kinda weird, but I really enjoyed it.
Then, (yeah, really, I set my goal at 12 books and I am already through four!) I started on Divergent by Veronica Roth. This one came up next on my list because the movie comes out in March and I wanted to read the book first! I totally have a soft spot for YA dystopian novels that include some romance. I tore through this book – it only took me about a week to read. I am definitely going to continue reading the series, although I’ve heard the rest are not as good as the first one.
I’m now reading the first book in the Call the Midwife series. I have watched the show, so it is interesting to see it in book form.