Books so far

One of my goals this year is to never be without a book. I really love to read, but I don’t always make time to do it.

Well, DIDN’T always make time to do it. It’s been a high priority this year. The Trisha way to read a book is to race through it the first time, then reread it at a slower pace. But this year, I’m doing it the New Trisha Way (wow, my titles need some work), which just means making it count the first time through.

This is mainly because most of the books I’ve read this year have come from the eLibrary and I only have so much time to read them. Also, the trend there is to reserve your six book limit and four to five months later, all those titles become available at once. Hilarious!

Because I don’t always know what to read, I made a list at the beginning of the year, comprised of Goodreads “best book” lists, authors I already enjoy, and Abby’s suggestions. This is handy when four of my six ebooks are ready to be checked out at once and I need to fill my queue again. It also means I don’t waste time overthinking what to read next.

I’m not worried about reading anything that’s particularly … what? I don’t care if it’s fine literature or not. I’ve read enough of that crap and I think it’s over-rated. (My Antonia? WHY WAS SHE SO STUPID?! Don’t even get me started on literally anything written by Shakespeare.) I want a well-crafted story that is entertaining; if I happen to learn something along the way, that’s just a bonus.

My booklist is as follows:

  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (second in a series of three and fantastic)
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  • Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson (heartbreaking and wonderful)
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (love this author)
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama (eye-opening!)
  • All Those Things We Never Said by Mark Levy (don’t bother)
  • Wolf by Wolf and Blood by Blood by Ryan Graudin (SO GOOD)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (wonderful)
  • Iron by Iron by Ryan Graudin (novella, also great)
  • Cinder and Scarlet and Cress and Winter, all by Marissa Meyer (rereads, totally entertaining)
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (loved)
  • The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (also loved)
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (amazing)

I can’t say I really researched anything before I put it on my book list — I figured the Goodreads folks probably know what they’re talking about, and Abby never lets me down — and I’ve had a good run of great books. Going in blind is also a good lesson for me, that I don’t need to research something into the ground, that going by faith and feel is okay.

Next up: I’ve burned through the latest batch of ebooks in my queue, so I’ll probably reread some Rainbow Rowell. She’s highly entertaining.

5 thoughts on “Books so far

  1. Linda M says:

    Going to check k out some of your recommendations. Thanks! I joined a book group at the library that meets monthly….about four years ago….now I have expanded the different genres I read. My favorite current authors are: A ndy Andrews, Richard Paul Evan’s. Also can’t remember the author, but a historical commentary in interviewed snippets….The Girls of Atomic City.
    I read more than I should….retired and not apologizing for it:)


  2. Diane says:

    I belong to a book club but don’t read the books half the time – my bad.

    Despite my undergraduate degree being in Literature – both French and English – I am generally not a fan of fiction. (Really wanted to study marine biology until I found out afternoon labs were required! Egads! That would have interfered with my social life!)

    My graduate degree is in theology so I have a lot of those books – I enjoy reading theology or spirituality and also anything to do with science or some (auto) biographies.

    Why am I even in a book club? I like the women, the food and the wine!!


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