Over the years, I’ve always heard to be a good writer, you must first be a good reader. It makes a lot of sense, and I think I agree with roughly 90% of that statement. The 10% of disagreement comes from my college years. During that period of my life, I didn’t get to do a lot of what I call recreational reading. It was all academic. Or magazines.
Even though I wasn’t the ‘best’ reader during that time, I still think I produced some good poems. I wish I could share one with you now, but I can’t. And, I won’t. I want to send them off and see if anyone is brave enough to publish my prose! If I flash them here, that’s as far as they go. BOO.
Instead, I thought I would share with you my top reads of the year so far. My goal, and GoodReads Challenge, for the year was to complete one book a week, for a total of 52 books this year. Sounds like a lot, right? I thought so. Apparently, I low-balled my reading capability this year.
By devoting my year to writing, I’ve found enormous amounts of time to read. And, I’m a pretty quick reader. Plus, I’m one of those readers that is consumed by a good story. It becomes an addiction and I can’t close the book until the story is over. It probably helps that I don’t watch much TV – it’s all in German and makes my brain hurt.
So, in 75 days, there are 21 books listed as READ on Goodreads. YAY! That’s almost three books a week. Go ahead, call me crazy – I deserve it! Of those 21 books, almost all of them have been amazing. But, if I were to recommend only a heaping handful of them to you to read, here’s my list, with links, in no particular order, because I haven’t determined which one I like the most –
- Brain on Fire – All I can say is WOW. An incredible story of a journalist fighting for her life.
- A Dog’s Purpose – Wonderfully written, you will close the book with sweet sorrow in your heart.
- Big Magic – by Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) Quick read, I read it in one day. Fun, funny and inspirational for those who want an excuse to be creative.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – Good chick lit – a fun and quirky read, written by TV author of Mad About You, Arrested Development and Ellen.
- When Nietzsche Wept – Since I am a graduate of psychology and I’ve been living in Europe for quite some time now, this book intrigued me enough to pick it up on a whim. In all honesty, this may be my favorite of the year so far. A creative work of teaching literature, intertwining the beginnings of psychoanalysis and the deep roots of philosophy. I really didn’t want this book to end. It challenged me in more ways than one and may have actually made me a better person.
- The Devil in the White City – (by bestselling author, Erik Larson) A fascinating period of history in America, several BIG names and historical figures all gathered in one place for the World’s Fair in Chicago 1893. Creatively written and captivating. This one took me a few weeks to finish due to the details of the serial killings that happened alongside the same timeline as the making of the fair. However, that didn’t stop me from finishing it – I had to know how the story ended!
- The Incredible Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe – Funny, quick and enjoyable. Travel around the world with a fakir as he finds love, fortune and adventure in all the wrong places! (and, yes, it is the book that inspired the title of yesterday’s post, The Day I Got Trapped in an IKEA Park Haus)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – A fairy tale for adults! I don’t read a lot of science fiction or fantasy books, but this one kept my attention. I read it in two days and loved the themes of loyalty and friendship, and the constant element of surprise.
Until tomorrow –