Steph told me recently that as kids she anticipated the brief delightful moments when I would finally pry my nose from between book pages. “Then you’d be silly Shannon and we could play!” I swear I’m not that antisocial these days, but I admit to still carrying a book with me most places I go (yes even to the grocery store and the movies). I value my reading time above almost everything. I have no problem reading books but this year I want to be more intentional about reading books that I’ve long procrastinated.
Below is a list of categories I found on Modern Mrs. Darcy. I loved how the categories were both challenging and flexible. I decided to make my list before the year started so I can go back to this for inspiration when I need to know what I should read next. I present to you the (almost set in stone, but still malleable) list of books I want to read this year:
- A Book Published This Year (2016): Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
- A Book You Can Finish In A Day: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
- A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradhal
- A Book Recommended by your Local Bookseller: Of Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- A Book You Should’ve Read in School: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- A Book Chosen for You By Bryan: All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
- A Book Published Before You Were Born: Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
- A Book That Was Banned At Some Point: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (a re-read)
- A Book You Previously Abandoned: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
- A Book You Own But Have Never Read: The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- A Book That Intimidates You: The Fellowship by Philip Zaleski
- A Book You’ve Already Read at Least Once: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Any others I should add to this list? I’m never not looking for recommendations!