As long as I can remember, I have loved books. There is a large stack waiting to be read by the side of my bed and bookcases all over our house. I am never without a book. I love hardbacks, paperbacks, and books on the Kindle. I keep a list of all the books I have read and all the books I want to read. Among my favorite moments were when each of my children learned to read. I adore that they love books as much as I do! While I do not profess to be a writer, I thought it would be fun to create a short blurb about each book I read. And, five years later, I’m still going…
I get this question all the time: how are you able to read so many books? And, since I keep answering it over and over, I thought I would share the answer en masse here. First, I have been reading since before I can remember (under the covers, in the car, you know the drill). So, it’s just part of my routine and how I choose to spend my downtime. In fact, of late, the TV is hardly on and a show has to be really good to keep my interest. Second, it’s how I gain energy (introvert at heart, even though you’d never know it based on my life/job). It’s how I decompress – in fact, it’s hard for me to fall asleep if I haven’t read right before bed. Last, I have developed a habit of speed reading. There’s no other way to put it: I read really fast. This means that I don’t have the best memory of what I have read, but I enjoy the books nonetheless (and it’s the crux of why I started this blog in the first place – I can never remember all the books I have read and my real opinions about them if I don’t keep track in an organized way). So, there you have it. On top of all those reasons, I am pretty organized generally, which leaves some extra time (grocery store lines, baseball sidelines, etc.) when I can capitalize and read a few more pages.
Lindsay–How very cool!!! Sam just sent this to me and I will peruse it later, but just had to reply!! Did you know I have a Little Free Library in my front yard? I LOVE it. Have a big supply of books from garage sales to keep it filled. Both kids’ books and adult books. Thanks so much for this!! Ralphene
Ralphene, thank you for your kind words, great suggestions, and encouragement! It’s exciting to start something new. I liked The Kitchen House, but it didn’t make the 5-star list, so I didnt include it. There are so many good ones that I only listed the BEST ones for me. I thought Still Alice was so wonderful. Another tear-jerker for sure. I LOVE that you have a Little Free Library in your yard and have enjoyed seeing photos of people enjoying it. What a wonderful idea – perhaps that should be my next venture! 🙂 xo
Lindsay, I remember some of the books you recommended to me back in the day (Cold Sassy Tree comes to mind) and now that I have discovered your blog, it will be a resource (as you have always been for me!) Only just getting to the point where my kids are independent enough to give me a little time/energy to read at the end of the day, I have found myself at the library a few time recently. I called a friend on the night before a vacation 2 weeks ago, begging, “Quick! Give me 3 titles to grab before the library closes!” Thus, just finished The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. Wow. So good. Anyway, thanks for doing this. I’ll be checking back often!! – Carolyne
Carolyne, yay! I’m glad you found this and hope that it proves useful. I always do an end of year favorites post which can narrow it down. 🙂