It’s still the first quarter in the year and already my reading list is expanding. This is just a sample of what I’m currently exploring.
I try to stock up my bookshelves with thriller, romance, historical, self-help, business, you get the idea. I want to read everything that is varied. A few of my friends have a reading goal for 2015. It’s usually a numerical goal like read 100 books by the end of this year. I can’t do that because for me it just puts too much pressure and then I end up not enjoying the process of reading. I read for the love of stories. Good story telling.
A few specific book themes I aim for ::
Romance :: mostly young adult since this is what I want to write. Gayle Forman and Jenny Han are currently my favorite authors. I need to keep up with my industry and what better way. Anything written by Nicholas Sparks, and a few on the NY Times bestsellers list.
Motivation :: inspirational and self-help, mostly dealing with self-esteem.
Writers :: Joan Didion’s The Year Of Magical Thinking
Last year I ended up drifting towards a lot of young adult romance books. I love reading love stories, but it can get draining. Too much love can be too much love. For example, let’s use a food metaphor. It’s like desserts. I love desserts but I wouldn’t want to just eat desserts all day long. I need some protein and vegetables. I apply the same culinary principles to my literature standards. As silly as it sounds, it makes for a healthier diet.
In the end, I love to read. I receive so much inspiration from reading and love the idea of drifting off into another world other than my own, especially if I’m reading a thriller. I used to run a local book club and loved sharing book interpretations with other women. It was so interesting to gather ideas, some of which I wouldn’t have thought of myself.
While I don’t have time to run a local book club anymore, I would love to share my thoughts on the blog,
For March I’ve chosen The Gifts Of Imperfections by Brene Brown. Along side this book, I’m also reading The Girl On The Train by debut author Paula Hawkins. I’m so excited to be reading this one because it has already been optioned by Dreamworks.
Once I finish reading these two works, I’ll be sure to include my review. I’d love to get your opinions too, so please share your thoughts on a book that you’ve read or are currently reading.