I looked at my Goodreads account the other day and realized I created my account in 2009. What does this tell us? That I was a super early adopter of the "Facebook for Book Nerds", and that I am less cool than you are. Also, that I love books.
In the years that I have been reading, reviewing, and marking books as "to-read" on Goodreads, I also was an early adopter in the Goodreads yearly reading challenge. The first year I participated was 2011 and I read 48 books of my 45 book goal. In 2012 I was feeling slightly less ambitious, and read 42 books of my 40 book goal. In 2013 I fell off the reading waggon and only read 34 books of my 40 book goal. And yes, I actually felt ashamed by this.
This year I'm sucking even harder. I started with a 40 book goal, and as I watched myself fall farther and farther behind, the goal was adjusted to 35 books, then 30, then 25, and my most recent adjustment, an embarrassing 22 book goal. I just, I am sucking at reading lately… I hope you do not think less of me.
So although I am not churning through the pages as quickly as I once did, I have still been reading, reviewing, and marking off titles on my Welcome to My Library page, and below I wanted to share a few of the titles I've read this year that really stuck with me. Books I think you too should read, or tell me if you've already read. Did you love them the way I loved them?
In conclusion, at this rate, by 2018 my to-read book goal will be 8 books, and I'll probably miss my target. #booknerdsadness
Oh this book, this wonderful book. The final paragraph of this book is so horrible and beautiful and evil and hopeful all at the same time. A must read.
I first fell in love with Ursula Hegi's writing when I read Stones From The River. Thankfully Salt Dancers was equally beautiful. Although a small book, it's a thoughtful book. One of loss and memory, heartbreak and family, that feels real in its unjustness, difficulty and struggle. When I read the final paragraph I closed the book and just sat with the words. A small, but powerful read.
When I was little I thought I wanted to be a vet. Then I got older and realized how much math and chemistry was involved in actually becoming a vet, and I quickly turned another direction.
Jeff Wells' book is a look into what it means to be a mixed animal vet, dealing with everything from crazy house calls to unusual animal encounters. The fun, the sad, the odd that comes with taking care of pets and their owners on a daily basis. It's not a deep book, definitely would make a fun blog, and overall a fun quick read. If you love your pets, or ever thought of being a vet it's an enjoyable read.
I have a weird obsession with polygamists. Books, tv shows, radio, if it's about polygamy I'll be there. The Lonely Polygamist didn't disappoint. The struggles of following the principle, managing multiple wives, more children than you know what to do with, coupled with the struggle of normal life come together in a fantastic read. Brady Udall gives the reader a wide look into Golden's family, not choosing to simply focus on life from Golden's perspective, or a single struggling wife. The messiness of this family is comically, and heartbreakingly shared with the reader, and you can't help but want to know more.
As always, I find myself loving Stephen King's work up to the last page. The start of Tommyknockers is typical King. It's slow, detailed, laying the groundwork for relationships and characters, while the reader wonders when it's going to shift into the terrifying or bizarre. King always makes sure you're fully in his fictional world before he starts to sneak in the scary. By the time half the town has turned into aliens you are fully invested and there's not a doubt in your mind this could totally happen. The entire time I read the book I just kept thinking, "Someone should make this into a movie…"
A King classic.
Nothing that I expected. Well written. Smart. Terrifying. Twisted. Fantastic plot. Wonderful yet frightening characters. Super fast read. Can't put down. A 'WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?!?!' ending.
All things I'll say about Gone Girl.
If you'd like to read any of the books I've mentioned above, please buy them from the links on my site so I can pocket a tiny tiny little comission. Also, when you do this, an angel gets its wings. Swearzies.