As a mom, I often find myself with little pockets of time, waiting in the van, waiting in the kitchen or waiting for someone to come home. I fill that time by reading. My all-time favorite book is Youngblood Hawke, by Herman Wouk. (Click here for my review of this great classic!)
I also love short fiction because of the forced economy of words and inevitable twists. I don’t like reading more than one book at a time, so I like squeezing in a short story when I’m reading something long.
But I don’t want to get lost in the past, so I’m always looking out for the next greatest book in today’s world. I especially enjoy reading young adult and historical fiction. Lately, I’ve been reading more mysteries and suspense novels. I really like seeing how writers develop plots and how they keep the reader interested. When I read non-fiction, I prefer books about history and biographies.
I often choose books that are already on my shelf. These books come and go, the result of a loose network of friends and family who trade and circulate whatever is on their own shelves. I also like borrowing books from the library, especially for my Kindle because it’s so convenient!
I try to see the best in everything I read. Just because I don’t like something, doesn’t mean it isn’t good. I think it’s important to understand and respect the genre. See its purpose. If a book is written to entertain, embrace it for that. If it’s to escape, then expect fantasy, not reality. I’m thinking about expanding my reading list a lot more in 2015. I haven’t read any plays or poetry in a long time, so those are on my list.
My reviews have a lot of three-star ratings. A three-star rating means I liked the book. My pet peeve is to see an online review with thousands of five-star ratings. How can you distinguish the good books from the great books and ultimately from the best books ever written if everything gets five stars?
So if you can live with that system, check out what I’ve read and leave a comment. Tell me what you’re reading!
Here are my favorite reads of 2015. What are your favorites? Click on the titles to see my reviews.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Candidate by Tracy Ewens
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
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