It’s that time of year to make New Years resolutions. Eat right, exercise more, listen more fully, be a better mom. You know the drill.
But how about a resolution that’s a little different this year?
This year I resolve to read a larger variety of books. I tend to get into ruts and read the same authors over and over. John Irving. Lillian Hellman, Wally Lamb. I get crazy over a writer and then I read every book.
I noticed that I became more interested in variety this year because I started writing this blog, I started to get so many more book recommendations which led me to a lot more variety.
Here are some examples of books I read this year that I would not have otherwise read:
1. “Crooked letter, crooked letter” by Tom Franklin. It’s a mystery which is not my usual genre but my friend Lindsay recommended it to me and it was entertaining and also very well written.
2. “The Gathering” by Anne Enright. A very prosey and intelligent book that was recommended to me by my friend Bobby. It had great and insightful lines about family and marriage.
3. “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson. A complicated book about a burn victim that is also a time traveler. Sounds strange but it was a page turner. Recommended to me by another mom on my daughter’s soccer team.
4. “To be sung underwater” by Tom McNeal. A love story about a woman who leaves her small town and leaves behind her one true love. I loved the whole book except the ending, although upon reflection it had a very neat twist. Recommended to me by a fellow blogger.
5. Dare I say this one? Okay, you read all the way to the end so I will admit to this last one called “Sugar Babe” by Holly Hill. It’s very racy and sexy and probably one of the most interesting books I read this year. A teaser about it? The author decides she wants to become a professional call girl for only one man and puts an ad in the paper. Maybe you should read this one on your kindle so people don’t see the cover! I will leave the recommender nameless, but you know who you are!
So this year as I am eating better, and doing all the normal resolutions, I will continue to resolve to improve my reading variety. And I will pass that on to you!