Something that I don’t often mention on the blog, but love doing in my free time is reading and writing. I read a lot more than I write but I want to change that so I’ve decided I’m going to write using a different writing prompt each month. I’ll spend more time writing and hopefully improve the quality of my stories. Growing up, I was an avid reader and would read through dozens of books every summer. (Yes, I was a total book nerd!) These days, I never have nearly as much time as I would like to spend reading. Sigh. However, since I was on vacation last week, I was finally able dig into a few of the books that have been on my “must read” list for awhile. Here’s a peek at the best of what I’ve been reading/wanting to read of late.
The Interestings and The Fault in Our Stars were the selections for the monthly book club at A Beautiful Mess. I loved reading through the great discussion in the comments section for each. Head on over to check out the newest club book for the month of March, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and join in on the fun. I know I will be!
The Book Thief by far, has been one of the best books I have read in a long time. Set in World War II Germany, the book is narrated by Death, who has taken a particular interest in Liesel, a foster child with a penchant for stealing books. Definitely keep your tissues handy as you read! Currently, I am reading through The Goldfinch which took a little while to pique my interest, but can hardly put down now. I am always a sucker for stories like this one, a coming of age in the midst of difficult circumstances story line – I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Notes from a Blue Bike and An Everlasting Meal are a couple of non-fiction books that I’ve been wanting to check out after seeing them mentioned on a few blogs/podcasts. For someone who loves food, An Everlasting Meal is a must read as Tamar Adler focuses on the importance of savoring the process as well as the result of home cooking.
What about you? Have you read any great books lately? I’m always happy to hear suggestions!