On My Bookshelf
I have a confession to make, and it’s quite a source of embarrassment for me. (Trust me, I would rather admit to something to effect of shoplifting or picking and ingesting one’s boogers than what I’m about to tell you.)
I only read 5 books last year, and three of them were the Fifty Shades trilogy.
5 books. 5 MEASLY BOOKS IN 365 DAYS. WHAT A DIPSHIT.
Listen, I’m not calling YOU a dipshit if you didn’t read many books last year. D does not enjoy reading at all, and probably hasn’t read one book since college, yet, not a dipshit. I get it – it’s just not his thing, but me? I LOVE to read. I live to read. I have been a voracious reader my entire life. I started reading at three years old. I can speed read with ease. There is nothing in this world that excites and/or terrifies me more than becoming completely engrossed in a novel. Do you get me? I AM READER, HEAR ME ROAR.
So what happened? Random Internet Surfing happened, that’s what. (R.I.S. is a disease and must be taken seriously. See your doctor.) If I would have opened a book instead of opening my laptop during my free time, my book count would have been drastically different.
Let’s summarize. I only read 5 books last year, and three of them were poorly-written mommy porn. (The other two were Gone Girl and Mockingjay, if you were wondering.) My unnecessary internet surfing is to blame. This kind of pathetic behavior must not be repeated. Ever again. You know where this is leading, don’t you?
Here are some books I want to read this year.
2. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (I have never read this. I KNOW.)
4. The Passage – Justin Cronin (Books like this freak me out…will I want to build an underground shelter and never come out?)
5. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
6. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
7. Columbine – Dave Cullen
8. The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
9. The Dream: A Memoir – Harry Bernstein
10. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
11. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
12. The Invisible Bridge – Julie Orringer
What else? What should I add to the list? What’s the best book you read last year? What are you reading right now? Do tell. (p.s. – I also have a Good Reads account which I opened in 2007 and just visited yesterday for the first time in several years. Let’s connect over there.)
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