Last April I started trying to read one book per week, because books. Books are awesome and reading them makes me a better person and a better writer. It went pretty well. I read more for pleasure than I had since Jr. High.
Jr. High was probably my high watermark (so far) for the peak of books-per-day consumption. In my memory I’d literally come home from school and read about five per day, although it was probably closer to one or two. Still, per day!
Last year I made a list of books at the beginning of the year with the intention to read through each title on the list.
I discovered pre-choosing all the books on the list took the fun out of book discovery — picking up a random title at a yard sale or while wandering the streets.
This year I’ve decided to loosely choose some books, but let the rest be spontaneous discovery. This was I can take recommendations, enjoy spontaneous book purchases and also knock some titles I’ve been meaning to get under my belt.
Short reviews of what I’ve read appear under the Books category.
What I’ve read so far this year*
*I’ll continue to update this throughout the year.
- “The Silk Worm,” by Robert Galbraith
- “Killing and Dying,” by Adrian Tomine
- “Career of Evil,” by Robert Galbraith
- “The Book of Tea,” by Kakuzo Okakura
- “I Will Teach You to Be Rich,” by Ramit Sethi
- “The Year of Magical Thinking,” by Joan Didion
- “The Condé Nast Traveller Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Great Writers on Great Places”
- “My Life on the Road,” by Gloria Steinam
- “Notes from a Small Island,” by Bill Bryson
- “Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel
- “We Stand on Guard,” by Brian K Vaughan
- “When Breath Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalanithi
- “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho
- “Kabuki Library, Vol. 3,” by David Mack
- “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
- “On Writing,” by Stephen King
- “Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution,” by John Stackhouse
- “Into Thin Air,” by Jon Krakauer
- “Eat, Pray, Love,” by Elizabeth Gilbert
- “The Bonesetter’s Daughter,” by Amy Tan
- “The Opposite of Fate,” by Amy Tan
- “Galápagos,” by Kurt Vonnegut
- “The Elements of Style,” by William Strunk
- “Bad Feminist,” by Roxane Gay
- “Swing Time,” by Zadie Smith
- ‘”Absolutely on Music,” by Haruki Murakami