I’ve been a reader an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I am a person who thrives on getting lost in story. A lover of alllllllll the words. The images conjured. The small quotable portions of dialogue. The moment when the title of the book finallyappears within the text (my favorite part).
I can’t remember how long I’ve enjoyed reading but I do remember some things. I remember loving a book called Me and Nessie. And another I loved looking at the illustrations within called Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. I remember my mom reading stories to my siblings and me. She used so many animated voices. I remember my siblings and me being entranced by the words that my mom would sometimes make up on a whim. She was a masterful storyteller.
Flash forward to my adolescence. I often got into trouble for “not listening.” It wasn’t that I was not listening it was that I was so engrossed in the stories I was reading that I literally couldn’t hear my mom telling me the things she wanted me to do. There may have been a smidgen if rebellion hidden in there. Maybe…
Few things give me as much pleasure as getting fully lost in a book. For my birthday this past year, I asked my husband for a black and white Nook and a book called Love Warrior. I wanted to be able to read while nursing my youngest daughter to sleep but also without the distractions that reading on my phone at night gives me (I’m looking at you, social media). Reading paper books in the bed wasn’t the best scenario either because it was nearly impossible to hold my book and hold my flashlight AND hold my baby without the situation going awry.
I made a goal: Less social media; more reading. I sort of succeeded. In 2016, I made a lofty goal to read twelve books. I totally succeed! I’m surprised. And, for some reason, I felt I needed to make an even bigger reading goal for 2017, so I challenged myself to read (I include listening to audiobooks as reading, too) 24 books. As of this writing, I’ve completed 27 books. 😬
I don’t know if you’re going to resolve to read “more” this next year but if you’re interested in all of the books that I’ve read (and managed to log), you can check out my Goodreads account (there’s a link in the side bar). I don’t want to list them all here in this post. That seems kind of lame. I do want to list the books that earned the coveted five star rating from me.
1. [[audiobook]] Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo
<<< em>And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini
<<< em>Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
ook]] For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
<<< em>Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins
<<< em>Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
ook]] Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
<<< em>What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World by Taylor Mali
<<< em>Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
<<<Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton <<<The Help by Kathryn Stockett
ne (or more) of these has piqued your interest. If there's a book that you have really enjoyed, leave the title and author in the comments so that I can check it out.