On Being a Better Bookworm
I love to read. Books have been a staple in my life since early childhood.
I also love reading about books. I’m usually familiar with popular and award-winning fiction titles.
The problem is that those two are out of balance. I’m adding to my To Read list at a much faster rate than I’m checking off books. Last year I only read nine books. The year before that was a paltry six. (Not counting some audiobooks I re-listened to.) Embarrassing! I’m desperately hoping I forgot to catalog some reads, but alas I don’t think so.
The internet is a huge reason I’ve been such a horrid reader. There’s lots of good things about it, but it can be such a massive time suck. I’m not really a new year’s resolution kind of person, however — this year I want to make reading a habit in my life and more of a priority.
I’ve rearranged my To Read list and am excited to pick up the books near the top of my list. I haven’t ordered this list completely, but these are the books I’d like to read this year (in addition to our book club picks):
- The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
- Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- Blackout by Connie Willis
- Dog on It by Spencer Quinn
- Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
- The Spirit of Food by various
- Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
If you’re counting, that’s 25 books. Roughly two books a month. And an ambitious step up from my last few years. But I’m excited to read every book on this list, and excited to make reading a habit again. Here goes!