As you may have figured out from the title of this blog…I like to read. And, as the title hopefully conveys, my taste in books is incredibly varied, eclectic if you will 🙂
One of my personal goals for this year is to ramp up my reading again. I found creating time for reading was MUCH easier when my daughters were younger. Now that they’re 3 and 5, my downtime is devoted to practicing sight words, playing hide and seek, baking with the Easy Bake Oven, watching episodes of My Little Pony, and snuggling on the couch…and I LOVE it 🙂
Spending time reading is extremely important to me, however. Not just because I’m a book nerd, but also because I want to create a culture of reading in my house, and hopefully create little book nerds in return. I want them to fall in love with reading as I have, and hopefully seeing their mommy lost in a book will help them see that reading is awesome!
Below are a few books on my list for this year. Be prepared for an eclectic list!
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
- Yes, I know this book has been available for over a year. And I know that I should have read it by now, but I haven’t! As a HUGE fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, I am so excited to read Harper Lee’s intended first novel. I’ve heard that the moral and true character of Atticus is more flawed in Go Set a Watchman, and I’ll be sure to share my thoughts with you!
- Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
- I love Sophie Kinsella books. They’re light. They’re funny. Confessions of a Shopaholic was the first book I picked up after I graduated from college and could actually find time to read for enjoyment again! I realized over the summer that I am TWO books behind in the Shopaholic series, and this is just totally unacceptable! I can’t wait to read about messes Becky Brandon finds herself in next!
- Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- I’m a huge American history geek…which is a good thing, since I teach American History 🙂 Since Spielberg’s Lincoln was released a few years ago, I’ve been determined to read Goodwin’s book to gain more insights into the characters seen in the movie. Lincoln quickly became one of my all time favorite movies, and I’m sure Team of Rivals will be an amazing book!
- The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
- I love Greek and Roman mythology, and have been a huge fan of Riordan’s Percy Jackson series for years. When the last book of the Heroes of Olympus book was released, I flew through it in about two days…this time may not seem remarkable to many avid readers, but considering I’m a full time high school Social Studies teacher, wife, and mommy to two little girls, it’s pretty impressive I found time to read it that quickly! I can’t wait to see what Riordan has up his sleeve for his demigod heroes!
- Novelista Girl by Meredith Schorr
- I read three of Meredith Schorr’s books a few summers ago in a 4 day period…while coaching and teaching summer school. They’re that good! I’m excited to see what happens to Kim as she steps up her writing game!
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austin
- I typically stray away from titles that include zombies, but I’m going out on a reader limb just because this book is a twist on one of my favorites…Pride and Prejudice. I’ll let you know how it goes…
- As a super history geek, it’s truly amazing that I haven’t read this book, yet. From what I’ve gleaned from other reviews, I’ll be traveling through time with a character to attempt to stop the assassination of JFK. I can’t wait!
I think this obviously eclectic list is a good start, and I’m sure I’ll add more as the year progresses! What’s on your reading list for 2016?
Thanks for reading 🙂