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When I was a teenager, not yet 16, I hated taking the school bus home. Heck, I hated taking the school bus in general. So, on nice days, I would walk home the one and a half miles instead of riding the bus.
On the walk home, I made two stops. The first being a pharmacy so I could peruse their candy selection before choosing one or two of my favorite candy bars to eat. The next was the library, one of my favorite places in the world. The small library filled with books and information captured my heart. If not for being limited on time, I could spend hours doing research in a reference book or hunting for a new book to read.
Over the years, my love for libraries has not diminished, and I hope my girls learn to cherish libraries as much as I do. Since moving to our town in October, I’ve taken my girls to the local library several times. They enjoy going, and can’t wait to check out books. (Although, I think their favorite part of going is playing with the toys in the children’s library.)
While having three daughters keeps me busy, I still find time to read. Even if it is only 5-10 minutes in my day, Reading is like breathing to me, and just as important.
One of my greatest challenges (besides finding the time) is deciding which book I read next. Do I revisit an old friend? I do have a few series that I read over and over. Or, do I pick out a new book? If I do decide to read a new book, which one should I read? There are too many good ones to choose from. Thank goodness for Goodreads to help me narrow down my choices. (Is a list of over 300 books I want to read narrowing it down? Really?)
This year, I’ve decided to do something different, I’ve created my reading list for 2016.
10 Books to Read in 2016:
11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King Just the concept of this book excites me: a teacher going back in time to stop Kennedy’s assassination. Then, when you look at who wrote the book, perfection! I can’t wait to dig into this one.
Defenders by Will McIntosh I’m not big into typical sci-fi fare with aliens, but I am making an exception for this book. Why? It’s written by someone I know. Will McIntosh was a professor on my thesis committee while working on my Master’s in psychology. Oh, and one other reason, this book is being made into a movie.
The Silkworm (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Galbraith (aka, J. K. Rowling) I read the first book in this series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and LOVED it! I need to find out what happens next to private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue This book seems scary and emotionally wrenching. A mother and her son being kept prisoners in one room for seven years. I can only imagine, especially since the book is told from the perspective of the child.
The Gods of Gotham (A Timothy Wilde Novel) by Lyndsay Faye I adore historical crime fiction (or historical mysteries). The description of the book captured my attention as it describes a police detective investigating a murder in 1854 New York City (where there is a forest north of 23rd Street). It’s also the beginning of a series. Win-win!
The Martian by Andy Weir I saw the movie, loved it, and now want to read the book. Books are almost always better than the movie, right?
Witch Child by Celia Rees Another historical novel, this time taking place in the 1600s. It is the story of Mary as she goes to the New World after witnessing her grandmother being hung for being a witch. It is a Young Adult novel, but who cares.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows All right. You got me, yet another historical novel. I love them, what can I say? This one takes place in 1946 London. Written completely in letter format (from what I understand), it follows the correspondence of Juliet and the Guernesey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness I read the first two books in the trilogy and loved them. I need to read the last one. Of course, when I tried to start this book last year, I realized I didn’t remember anything from the second book. So, I plan to reread the first books before starting this one. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend them! It follows Diana Bishop as she learns she is a witch after discovering a manuscript while doing academic research.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens I have to be honest now. I’ve never read a Charles Dickens book. I thought this one, about poor Oliver dealing with the criminal underworld, would be a good place to start.
As long as I remember to return the books to the library, I think I might be able to read all of them this year. Otherwise, out of shame, I won’t return to a library from sheer embarrassment over the fines I’ve owed (and paid).