I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned that I love books. One of my favorite pinboards on my Pinterest page is my book board. I love it. It's filled with pictures of books and book shelves and book stores and reading nooks and reading lists. I have reading lists everywhere. On sticky notes in my purse. On sticky notes on my desk and in various notebooks. On my ipad. On my phone. On my library page. On this blog. In emails from friends and facebook posts. Everywhere. I will never read all of the books on these lists. I know. But I will try. And I will keep making lists. I will keep wandering book stores, eventhough I have no business buying any books since I already have a jam-packed "to read" shelf. And I will keep reading book reviews. And I will keep asking for reading recommendations. Because I love it. Because I just can't help myself. Because it is a cheaper addiction than designer shoes.
What have I read recently? Well, I just finished The Ghost of Greenwich Village by Lorna Graham. Good. Cute. Fun. Easy. Before that, I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak. Also good. Not as good as The Book Thief (an all-time fav), but still really good and worth a gander. Next I'm starting Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Not something I'd normally choose, but my father-in-law recommended and lent it to me. And my husband read it already and said it was good. I cannot stand Bill O'Reilly, but I'll try to put that aside and just enjoy the book. After that will be Beauty Queen by Libba Bray (a young adult author whose A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy I read last year on reco. Young adult fiction rocks these days!)...a loaner from my niece, Katie, an avid reader and writer (at 15 she's already written her first novel...which you will hear more about when it's published!).
I recently asked Katie for her top ten books of all time (so far). Here it is:
1. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
2. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
3. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
3.5 The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (awesome!!!)
6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
7. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
9. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
10. Matched and Crossed both by Allie Condie
So, this is my summer reading list (after Lincoln and Queens)...my goal is to finish her top ten by labor day (give or take). I've already read The Hunger Games and Harry Potter series and The Book Thief. So that leaves 9 books. It may be a bit ambitious given the 3 1/2 year old and 1 year old that occupy most of my time. And the fact that Rolland and I have committed the summer to catching up on a bunch of great television series (we're starting with Mad Men and Grimm right now, then moving on to Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Veep and PBS's Sherlock, among others). Plus I have five craft projects in the queue. It tis a summer of ambition!
After that, who knows which book list I'll tackle. Maybe the one on this blog. Maybe one I haven't even started yet. One thing's for certain: I will be reading. And I will be adding books to my list.