What’s on your reading list? I have yet to work out my whole to-be-read (TBR) list for this year. I did set my goal at 48 books, slightly fewer than last year’s 52. Yes, I know I didn’t make 52 last year, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not optimistic!
I told you all that my husband bought me Hillbilly Elegy for Christmas. Since I finished it, I’ve read what seems like hundreds of reviews of it on Goodreads. While it’s kind of difficult to find reviews of the book that don’t include someone’s opinion on politics (and I am not going there), there are some interesting discussions. I rarely write book reviews, but read a lot of them. I can tell you that I enjoyed the book while I often hated the story. Mr. Vance has a story to tell, that of his life and his kin. His story explains many things, especially about a people group that is largely overlooked. It is, in many ways, sad and challenging. But it is also a story of triumph. I can’t really tell you much more than that without giving away the story, so read some reviews, read the book, and then come back and tell me what you think.
I had had Steal Like an Artist on my shelf for a long time, just had never gotten around to reading it. It’s a fun little read that makes some great points. Mr. Kleon tells, quite concisely, some of the things you can do to help you find a path in your work, whether making art, music, or even writing. You can read it in less than a couple of hours, but there are some nuggets there that might want revisiting from time to time. For example, in Chapter 10, “Creativity is Subtraction,” he makes a good point for limitation as a means to creative freedom. This sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but he makes the case well.
You may have noticed I’ve put the Goodreads widget on the bottom of my right sidebar. It will show what I’m currently reading. I’ll try to remember to tell you about what I’ve finished. I’d also really like to know what you are reading, why you chose it, and what you think about it. Shall we do that once a week? Give me your thoughts and I’ll see about setting up a day a week when we can discuss books here.
Anne, at Modern Mrs. Darcy, has a great list of seven simple ways to read more this year. My favorite from that list is, “Read multiple books at once.” Since I already do that, I love getting vindication that it’s okay, and even good to do so. She talks a bit more about it here.
Next up in my pile is Etty: A Diary, 1941-43. I don’t think it’s going to be a fun read, but we can’t live on cheesecake. I will find something else to read alongside it so I don’t get too bogged down. I am also looking forward to reading A Man Called Ove, since I think I’m the only person left on the planet who hasn’t read it.
So what are you reading right now? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to know! And let me know if you like the idea of a weekly reading round-up. It could well help us all find some great new books!