Last January, I vowed to read one new-to-me book a month as one of my New Years Resolutions. I definitely ended up reading more than 12 new books last year, but only a few were from the list I wrote out in January.
My reading list changes depending on the mood I’m in, so not all the books I wanted to read last January made the cut by the end of the year. But, if anyone has read any of those books I posted last year and thinks I should I roll some over on to this year’s list, let me know!
Although I didn’t read all the books I initially set out to read, I did read a ton of excellent ones. In fact, 2017 was a bit of a year for me in terms of book-buying; it was no-holds-barred book-buying extravaganza most months and to be honest we’ve run out of room on the bookshelves in the house and have started using the window sills (and paying forward books I know I won’t re-read).
I think I’m trying to make up for lost time – when my kids were little, I barely ever had a chance, or the mental capacity, to read books that were anything other than fluffy brain vacations.
Now, though, I can read all day on a Sunday and it’s not neglectful parenting cause the kids are big enough to generally take care of themselves. It’s lovely.
Here’s (most of) what I read in 2017*:
Good Omens, Names for the Sea, A Woman’s Work, All the Light We Cannot See, The Descent of Man, Girls & Sex, The Handmaid’s Tale, Cooked, Night, 1984, Timeline, Unabrow, We Should All Be Feminists, Curmudgucation, A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century, Hillbilly Elegy, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Witch.
It was a good year for reading.
I’ve got a list of books for 2018 that is slightly different from last year’s list; I’m different after another trip around the sun, thus the books on my list are as well.
On New Year’s Day I read The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I loved. Such a thoughtful, thought-inducing book. More Lois Lowry books are on my list, as well as a few titles by Reinhold Niebuhr, Rod Chernow (Hamilton, obviously, because I am obsessed with the musical, and also Grant, who I find a really intriguing character in history), and some core history books that I feel I skimmed through the first time I read them in high school (if I even read them at all), like the Federalist Papers and Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
I try to balance my heavy works with slightly lighter ones, so I also have a few less history-laden titles on the list, including Planting Dandelions by one of my favorite writer/bloggers, Crazy Rich Asians on the recommendation of a friend, and both Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea by Alyssa Mastromonaco because I always need more stories from strong women in my life.
And last, when I’m stressed or in a funk, poetry is my recent go-to pick-me-up. I want to get some e.e. cummings and Walt Whitman books of poetry to have around to flip through when I need to get out of my own head because they’re my faves right now.
What are you reading? What do you recommend?