When I was younger, I LOVED books. I devoured them every chance I got, and my idea of a perfect day was going to the library, checking out a slew of them, and snuggling in my bed, reading. Then high school and college happened, and things just got too busy. I still read, but nowhere near as much. I graduated. I started working. Books weren’t really on my priority list, and I missed them. I think from high school through when I got pregnant, I read maybe five books a year just for fun – a far cry my younger days.
Then pregnancy happened, and Abbie was born. Last year at this time, I was on maternity leave. Nursing in the middle of the night gave me a lot of time to think…and to read. As I read book after book, I remembered. I remembered why, as a little girl, I had stayed up late reading with a flashlight under the covers. Honestly, I really have Abbie to thank for it. I think in my three and a half months of maternity leave, I read somewhere between 12 and 15 books. Thankfully, I kept it going once I went back to work, and set a goal of 30 books last year, since I was turning 30. I’m happy to say I met my goal.
So this year? The goal is 31 books. I’ve got a few on my list, but I’d love to hear your suggestions on what you’ve read and loved. I read a lot of different things – books about food, dystopian young adult novels, historical fiction, best sellers, independent books. Some of my recent favorites:
|The Book Thief. I loved this book. It took a little while to get into, but once I did, I was HOOKED. The story is narrated by Death, and begins in 1939 in Nazi Germany, following a little girl named Liesel. Seriously, read it.|
|The Selection Trilogy. I’ve also read the second book, The Elite. The final book in the trilogy comes out later this year. Think The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games. So good.|
|Someday, Someday, Maybe. I know. Lauren Graham wrote a book – it surprised me too, but I really liked this one – a fun “chick lit” type read.|
|The Dressmaker. I’m a sucker for a good historical fiction novel, and this one was great – it follows Tess, an aspiring dressmaker and seamstress as she crosses the Titanic with her employer…and everything that follows.|
What have you read lately? Any suggestions for me to help me reach my goal of 31 books this year? If you’d like to connect with me on Goodreads, I’m here – sometimes I stalk others’ lists for ideas!