I’ve decided to try and read one book per week for the rest of the year.
Because I’ve only finished one book so far this year.
That’s not enough books.
I’m not going to be able to read forever.
My Opa was sick this winter and recently began reading through his library of classics and giving them to me as he finishes. Because I think too much, I can’t help but think of this as a passing of the torch and I wanted to honour it. On the other side of my family, my grandmother recently suffered two debilitating strokes. While she wasn’t much of a reader, it is safe to say she will probably never read anything again.
In the film “About Time” (same director as Love Actually), there’s this great scene where the time-traveling father (played by Bill Nighy) tells his son that he uses his power to time travel to read more books. I think there’s something to that.
Reading makes you a better person.
It just does. A better writer too. We’ll see if I can empirically state that by the end of December.
The Book List
Here are the books I plan to read for the remainder of the year. Some are short and some not so much. There are some that are re-reads and some that are going to be tough to finish in one week.
I’ll post a short blurb about each book as I finish. I like to think that I have pretty good taste in literature, so if you’re looking for some good reads, make sure to check back here!
It was hard to narrow my list. For every one I choose, there are five more that I had to put aside for later. See? There are so many books. Time to get a move on!
- Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
- Mosquitoland by David Arnold
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario
- The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
- Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
- Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Hellgoing by Lynn Coady
- March Was Made of Yarn, edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami
- Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton
- Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami
- Ru by Kim Thúy
- Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki
- #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
I may change or replace books as I go through. I want this project to have structure, but I also want to be able to follow my whim if I’m suddenly drawn to a new book.
Also, if you read the list above and thought, “those are a bunch of books I’d like to read!”, then we’d probably be friends. Hello!