I had just one problem, though. The truth is that I really don't read many novels, so I can't list my 10 favorites. I read plenty of blogs and I read magazines, but rarely anything longer than 2,000 words. You may ask why someone like me who loves words and enjoys writing would not also be an avid reader. Well, the answer is time.
I've never been the kind of person who could sit down with a book and get so engrossed that I can't put it down and, three hours later, it's finished. That's not me. I tend to read in short spurts. I read during carpool line or while I'm waiting for my kids to finish their riding lesson. Sometimes, I read at night after they go to bed, but by then, I'm so exhausted that I'm falling asleep after a chapter or two. So, I average a chapter a day and, instead of hours, it takes me days (even weeks) to get through an entire novel.
For the past few years, I have made a resolution to read more and failed. This year, I made a more specific goal to read 6 books in 2015. I decided that, to further my goal and for today's list, I would go ahead and choose some specific books to put on my list to read. Maybe it will spur me on to be an overachiever and I'll read all 10!!! Who knows? Maybe some of them will become my favorites! Here are 10 books I
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell - I've already read this one! I read it in January and thought it was pretty good. In the book, Georgie & Neal already have a rocky marriage, but when Georgie has to skip out on a trip to visit Neal's family over Christmas due to work it gets even rockier. Then, Georgie calls Neal using the landline at her mom's home and the strangest thing happens!
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - I've started this one already and I'm hooked, so don't spoil the ending for me! Nick and Amy have moved form NYC back to Nick's small hometown in Missouri. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy disappears. I'm halfway through this one and I cannot wait to finish it and find out what really happened to her!
- Outlander by Dana Gabaldon - I like historical fiction and a handful of friends have told me I should try this series. It was even made into a TV series, so it must be pretty good, right? (When 1945 combat nurse, Claire, touches an ancient boulder, she suddenly becomes and "outlander" in 1743 Scotland.)
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes- Touted as "a love story for this generation," I have heard nothing but good things about this book.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - Another historical fictions book this one is about "a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II." The summary sounds very intriguing.
- The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman- This one is also historical fiction and sounds really compelling. Tom, a light house keeper in Australia and his wife, Isabel,have been unable to have a child. When a boat washed up on shore with a baby and a dead man inside, Isabel convinces her husband to keep the child. When they return to the mainland two years later with the child, they learn the consequences of their choice.
- After Birth by Elisa Albert - This book is scheduled to be released on Feb. 15, 2015. A departure from the other fiction on my list and with a focus on the struggles of early motherhood. A year into motherhood, Ari is still trying to get acclimated. When she meets Mina, who is alone and nine months pregnant, the two become friends.
- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins- Rachel takes the same train every day and see the same couple on her trip. One day, she sees something shocking and cannot keep it to herself. Referred to as a "Hitchcockian thriller," this one promises to be full of suspense!
- Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro- From Barnes and Noble: "Cutting Teeth takes place one late-summer weekend as a group of thirty-something couples gather at a shabby beach house on Long Island, their young children in tow. . . . . about the complex dilemmas of early midlife—the vicissitudes of friendship, of romantic and familial love, and of sex. It’s about class tension, status hunger, and the unease of being in possession of life's greatest bounty while still wondering, is this as good as it gets?"
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd- This one was on Dana's list of her favorite books from 2014. Again, it's historical fiction - the story of two young girls, one a slave given to the other on her 11 birthday. The novel follow their lives and relationship over the next 35 years.
- Paper Towns by John Green - From Barnes and Noble: "When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q."
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton - This one is also from Dana's list. At age 15, Laurel witnesses her mother commit a shocking crime. Fifty years later, her mother is 90 and Laurel is searching for clues and answers before it's too late.
Have you read any of these books? What books are on your reading list right now?
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