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“When it’s time to choose the next book to read, I’m always overwhelmed by the amount of options.” ~~Anonymous
Whenever I enter the library or book store by myself, I have to go in with a plan, otherwise I will get lost in there, or just lose time. And, sometimes, it’s fun to go explore the shelves with no plan in mind.
I’m a mom, though. With three little girls at home, I don’t have time to lose myself in the book shelves like I once did. At the library, I “drop” off my two oldest in the children’s library while I walk quickly to find the books on my list before they miss me. Gone are the days of wandering the aisles looking for an interesting book.
That’s why I created a reading list for myself in January. Since I wrote the list, I’ve read several of the books. I thought I would update you on the books I’ve read thus far and the books I plan on reading next.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
This book took me almost a month to complete. At nearly 900 pages, it is the longest book on my list. It took me a while because I have three children who want my attention, for some reason. While this is not my favorite King book, I did enjoy it. I’m not sure if changing the timeline would result in the way King described, but it gets to the bigger point that perhaps life turns out how it should, not how we want it.
I wasn’t sure what to think when I started this book. I’m not a big reader of non-fiction. I prefer fiction for pleasure reading. However, I loved this book. After reading about Andra’s walk with her 80-year-old father “supporting” her along the way, I wanted to put my walking shoes on and do something as amazing. Her book was touching and inspiring. Now I just need to read one of her fiction novels, like her latest Hard to Die.
Cover Her Face by P.D. James
P.D. James is supposed to be the queen of crime novels. I decided to start by reading her first ever book. It wasn’t a long book, but it still took me nearly three weeks to read. It was dry and dull. I didn’t care about any of the characters and felt no connection with Dagliesh. I might try a more recent book, but I’ll have to be persuaded.
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
After reading the P.D. James novel, I needed something light and quick. The Uncommon Reader fit my needs perfectly. I absolutely adored this book! It followed Queen Elizabeth as she discovered the love of reading. Who can resist that?
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
I started this book hopeful that I would find a new paranormal series I would enjoy. And I found it! Harry Dresden is a professional wizard in a world where wizards, vampires, and werewolves do exist. And, I’m hooked! I’ve found a new series I enjoy. Heck, I loved the second book in the series even more, Fool Moon.
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
When I created my list in January, I had no idea that the author of this book, Erik Larson, would be coming to my town. But he did and I got to meet him! Well, if you count him signing my book as meeting him. Anyhow, the book was amazing. It did take me a while to read but I find that to be the case with having children around and a nonfiction book. When it was done, I kept wishing that I could go back in time and see the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
As crazy as it might seem, I finished one non-fiction novel by reading another, this time Amy Poehler’s autobiography. If you go in expecting a comedy book, you will be disappointed. While there are funny moments, the book is about her life and how she came to be where she is in her career now. I enjoyed the book. Now I want to be her uncool friend.
A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
I loved, loved, loved this book! The story is about Kendra Donovan, a brilliant FBI profiler, who inexplicably finds herself in 1815 when she was just trying to get away from a killer by going through a secret passage at Aldridge Castle in England. Her new circumstances leave her confused and lost. As she tries to figure out how to get home, a murdered young woman is discovered. Being an FBI agent, she decides she needs to solve the crime. Anyhow, I loved the book so much, I ordered the next book, A Twist in Time, right after I finished it.
I’ve read eight books out of the 17 I listed in January. Of the nine left, I plan on reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs next. Plus, I’ll keep reading the Harry Dresden series and the new Julie McElwain novel.
Tell me, what are you reading now? What book would you recommend I try?