One thing I miss since becoming a parent is my reading time. I still read and have already finished more books this year than last but I think I’m a long way from hitting the 50+ books I used to read in a 12-month period. I keep journals of what I’ve read and an ever-growing list of what I want to read. Of course if I added all of Bug’s books that I've read several times over to my journal, I would break all past years’ records combined!
Years ago I dated a non-reader. One night he came to my apartment, looked at my book shelves and said, “WHY do you keep books you’ve already read?” I think I knew then it wasn’t going to work with us but I explained that part of the reason I worked in publishing was that I loved books. I told him that I could look at almost any of the books and know what was going on in my life when I read it. He shook his head more bewildered than before. A year later when we were no longer dating, I ran into him and one of the first things he said to me was, "Hey, I'm reading a book!" He was so excited to be reading and even a little shocked when I guessed which book he was reading.
When I moved cross-country, I was fine selling my furniture and parting with many belongings to start over but my books came with me. I even enjoyed packing the books because they were reminders of so many friends who were in my life for 384 pages or so.
Next week I’m heading out to visit my mom again and I’m traveling solo, which means my carry-on won’t be filled with diapers, wipes, extra clothes and snacks for Bug but books (and snacks!) for me. I’m currently reading Four Corners of the Sky and so far it’s living up to all the reviews.
I expect to finish Four Corners while I’m away and haven’t decided what other book(s) I should take with me. The top ones on my list are:
The Story Sisters; Alice Hoffman
The Help; Kathryn Stockett
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Alan Bradley
Thoughts or recommendations? What's on your list?