I went two years without a reading challenge. Better do something about that.
I have no rules for myself this year except that I want to read the books that I promised myself I would read before I die. I know that I won’t get through the hundreds of books on my bookshelves and kindle before I can no longer read, but I really should read those that I’ve heard are wonderful.
Right now that list is short, but I expect it to grow:
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Otherwise I will read book group books (present and past) and things that interest me. I also need to finish the two books I started last year (Braiding Sweetgrass and The Hidden Life of Trees)
My Goodreads challenge this year is only 36 books.
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. This was a book group read and a book that many people I know have said it was one of their all-time favorites. So far I like it a lot, but December got in the way so I put it down to finish other books.
- Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Alex gave me this book for Christmas last year. It is one of her favorites. I am enjoying it very much, but it is taking me a very long time to read it.
- Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. At one time I was a devoted Barbara Kingsolver fan but then stopped reading her books. When we read The Lacuna for book group I bought it but never read it. I’ve recently begun following her on social media and thought I might get back into her writing. I am so glad I did. (listening on Audible — read by the author)
- The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. This was a book group read. It was compelling enough to keep me up at night, but not perfect by any means. It is not something I will remember much about in five years.
- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. I picked this up in Olympia several years ago and began reading it right away but put it down. I picked it up a few more times and always found something else to read. Finally, after reading The Overstory I realized I needed to read this. At least five and a half years after starting this book, I have finally finished it. Review soon.