Admittedly, I’m guilty of buying books faster than I can read them. I was always such an avid reader growing up, but with the rise of internet and social media and so many damn good TV shows to keep up with, the distractions now are aplenty and I just don’t make the kind of time I should to get lost in the pages of a favourite story.
In 2017, I resolved to read all the unread books in my personal library, at the rate of one per month. I made a decent dent in this and probably read 10 books in 12 months – not too shabby for a first attempt at joining the world of page turners once again.
Some of the stand outs from this experiment last year? Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, a memoir about his break into the shoe business by way of a little company you may have heard of, Nike. Both of Mindy Kaling’s books were quick, delightful reads and her brand of humour and humility is one I’ll always get behind. Lena Dunham’s Not that Kind of Girl was an honest and raw reflection, and after the way her hit show Girls concluded, I’d decided my love/hate relationship with her (or at least, her writing) leaned more on the side of love. This book didn’t change that.
To switch to fiction for a second, stand-outs were Go Set a Watchman, the posthumous sequel to Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. It was lovely after so many years to dive back into the world of Scout, bringing on nostalgia for my own childhood. Lori Lansens’ The Mountain Story was a surprise hit. I picked it up based on its simple yet attractive cover artwork and its story line’s reminiscence of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. A story of adventure, grief and finding oneself, it was another fiction stand-out for me.
This year, I am going to continue this challenge – and continue to pick away at my library – at the rate of reading at least one book per month. So far on my hit list: Kelly Oxford’s latest page-turner of witty personal anecdotes, When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments, and Paula Hawkins’ sophomore novel, Into the Water, which wove a tale of twists and turns I never could have guessed.
Not so bad, eh. Two books down and February isn’t even over yet.
What’s on your reading list this year?