One change in my life since adopting my son: I cannot, under any circumstances, read books about babies or young children dying or being abducted.
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
I was about a chapter into a book recently – a mystery/thriller, which is a genre I love – when a baby disappeared from her crib. OUT. I immediately closed the book and moved on.
This could change in the future, of course. I’ve found that my Literary Palate has changed throughout my life. In middle school and high school, I read my grandmother’s Danielle Steel and Mary Higgins Clark novels. I used to despise memoirs and now they’re among my favorites. Additionally, I used to force myself to finish books, even if I was losing interest in them, and I NEVER do that anymore.
Currently, I’m in the middle of a bit of a #BookBinge, which started in early December. Coincidentally, a lot of the books I’m reading are fiction but with rich history or real current events woven into the story. I find this really interesting. It’s a crazy, surreal time in history at this moment, and I’m trying to wrap my head around what’s happening and think how to incorporate it into my writing.
I’m reading three books at the moment – Shrill by Lindy West, Storycraft by Jack Hart, and The White Album by Joan Didion. To further enable my obsession with books and reading, my sister added me to an awesome Facebook group of readers who love sharing their thoughts and recommendations about different books. It’s amazing, and is another outlet for my look of reading comics and memes.
Currently I’m on a crazy book binge. I literally can’t stop reading. There are three books on my Goodreads “currently reading” shelf, and there’s a pile of books on my mantle waiting next in line to be read. I keep hearing about new books that I need to a) add to my “Want To Read” shelf and b) request from the Baltimore County Public Library.
As previously mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of book reviews, reading them or writing them. I like when one of my Reliable Book Recommenders suggests a book for me, but I don’t really want to hear what the book is about or why someone liked it.
However, I usually give every book I read a rating – zero to five stars. My ratings have been questioned in the past – I’m a pretty tough rater. A five-star book is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOKS IN THE UNIVERSE. A four-star book is amazingly awesome, flawless, beautiful, but for whatever reason, is not one of my top 25 favorite books in the world. So a three-star book is still pretty freakin’ good. And I don’t think I’ve ever given a rating of zero or one star, because I would never spend my time finishing a book that was a zero or a one.
Anyway – I decided to give something new a try. Concise book reviews – only ten words, only five if I can make it work. We’ll see how it goes.
My 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge is to read 55 books this year. So far, I’ve read eight:
- The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henriquez
- The Relic Master, Christopher Buckley
- Gratitude, Oliver Sacks
- The Grown-up, Gillian Flynn
- Deep Dark Fears, Fran Krause
- The Turner House, Angela Flourney
- Who By Fire, Diana Spechler
- Did You Ever Have A Family, Bill Clegg
I’m in the middle of my ninth book – My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman. So good. Look out for my ten-word review!