Are you are a person who reads books simply for fun like I do? And do you sometimes feel a little guilty about reading nothing but Cozy Mysteries or Summer Beach reads? Do you feel like at some point you need to read some “real” literature? So you put something like “Moby Dick” or the “Iliad” or “The Sound and the Fury” on your to be read list. And then that book hangs over your head for months or even years.
Good news! Today is “Don’t Read the Iliad Day”. Or whatever book is destroying your peaceful reading life. So cross it off the list. Enjoy your current best seller or the latest bodice ripper guilt free. Today you have been released from Real Literature you feel you should be reading.
I have to go now and return “The Sound and the Fury”, unopened, to the library.
I am also returning “American Sniper” unread and gave up on “The Photographer’s Wife” halfway through it. Just not my cup of tea. But I loved all my other books and am on the last one now, “Your’s Truly”.
Considering the fact that I read more than 100 books a year you would think I would write about books all the time. Yet I seldom do. Lots of other people write about books they recommend but I prefer to find most of my books by randomly browsing at the library.
I read to escape, to experience other times and places. To vicariously live another life for a brief span of time. Not much highbrow literature. I prefer my alternate lives to remain down to earth and easy to understand.
I am partial to mysteries and WWII historical fiction. I like to read “cozies”, novels with recipes and am partial to stories set in England. I like to read series but they have to be in order. I also prefer to read books set in December in December, summer books in summer etc.
I have a small notebook where I write down books I want to read. I have probably had this little notebook for ten years. When I find a series I like I go on-line and list them all in order and then request them from the library (one at a time!). Pima County has a great library system and I love how I can order any book they have and they will bring it to my preferred branch.
Some of the series I have been or am currently reading:
These lists are not all inclusive but you get the idea. I had to stop somewhere! And I don’t just read series of course.
Here is a list of my recent library books:
“Pioneer Girl” (The annotated autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder)
“The New Neighbor” by Leah Stewart
“In the Woods” by Tana French (I had seen this writer mentioned on two different blogs and then she was mentioned in “The New Neighbor” and this book happened to be on the library shelf so I thought I would give it a try.)
“The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap” by Wendy Welch
“Small Plates” by Katherine Hall Page
“Wedding Cake Killer” by L.J. Washburn
“Death of a Chimney Sweep” by M.C. Beaton
“In Plain Sight” by CJ Box
Audiobooks for our drive to and from the Grand Canyon (also courtesy of the Pima County Library):
“Judy Moody Declares Independence” by Megan McDonald
“The Teddy Bear Habit” by James Lincoln Collier
“Secrets of a Civil War Submarine” by Sally M. Walker
“Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues” by Donald J. Sobol
Most Favoritest Book from the past year? “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Only book I ever wanted to start re-reading again immediately. (Only I didn’t because there were still many people on the waitlist at the library. But I am so reading it again this summer!)