One of my goals for 2014 is to be more intentional about reading. To track my books via Goodreads, to pay attention to what I read and didn't read, to share what I'm reading here.
I hope this will be a monthly feature, but I've learned by now never to say anything for sure. HA!!
Let me share how I devour read and choose books.
My favorite thing about the end of the year is the "Best Of" lists you can find. I've pinned several of them to my Books Pinterest board HERE.
As I read the lists I add books to my Goodreads "to read" list.
The other day I added a bunch of books from the Kirkus Best Fiction of 2013 list…and when I got to the library I pulled up my Goodreads app and went from there.
When I go to the library I check out all the books that catch my eye. I don't expect that I'll read them all, but I'm not sure which ones will and won't get read. I take a stack and return the ones that I'm not feeling.
1.Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. The Returned by Jason Mott
3. Canada by Richard Ford
4. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
5. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan (just noticed this one is 2nd in a series I haven't read the 1st of…probably won't be reading it).
6. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
7. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
Books I completed last month:
1. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett- Didn't like this one. Ann Patchett is a beautiful, poetic author but I really disliked this book. It bored me (no matter HOW MUCH I wanted to like it) and the ending ticked me off.
2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon- Loved it. Beautiful, lyrical, spine-tingling and mesmerizing. Makes me want to visit Barcelona badly.
3. Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews- Devoured it in a few hours. It's another Weezie/BeBe Savannah book and it was adorable. I didn't want it to end. My only complaint is that it made me miss Savannah terribly.
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- I fell in love with this and never wanted it to end. I haven't stopped thinking about it since.
5. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain- Thanks to Paula, I'm now obsessed with the Lost Generation and the Jazz Age. I've always been intrigued by Hemingway/Fitzgerald/Stein/Joyce etc…and this book sealed the deal. Highly recommend.
6. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand- It was okay. Highly forgettable but passed the time just fine. I've already forgotten about it.
Okay, there you go!
Hopefully I can keep up with this all year!
What are YOU reading?