Recently I posted about all of the things I’ve been doing *other* than reading, and now you may be aware that another activity occupying my time was sharing news with family members that Jeff and I are expecting a baby this summer! We’re all pretty pumped! Although I’d still like to reiterate my promise that this will not become a mommy blog. But at some point you can probably expect an infant propped up against some books for a good photo op.
At any rate, I did manage to finish a few books in December, but it’s been long enough that I can write a fantastic review the way I can when I’ve just flipped the last page and I have all sorts of things to say. Thus, I’d like to introduce my two-sentence review, which I will lean on for times like these. However, I expect my reviewing to return to normal this weekend, as I’m just about to finish two more books and I have some THOUGHTS.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer – This is a humorous and odd book about an author who takes an extended international journey to avoid the wedding of his ex-boyfriend. I had higher hopes, but it was worth a read, and I especially appreciated the exposure of the theory that gay or other diverse authors are expected to handle their diverse protagonists in a certain way.
Rush by Lisa Patton – Some books are just so bad, but the author must be doing something right because you keep turning those dang pages in embarrassing anticipation. This book was a glimpse into sorority life in the south where everyone is either fantastic! or terrible! but it all works out just hunky dory in the end and even racism is eradicated so that’s good!
Tenth of December by George Saunders – I actually started this book on the tenth of December, so that’s cool! Unfortunately, that was about the coolest part of my experience with this book of short stories – I’m not a fan of collections of short stories, so this might be my own fault, but most of them left me all squinty-eyed and saying “What now?” (Maybe after I do some more book-learnin in 2019 I can circle back and wise 2020 Kimberly will nod with solemn understanding.)
My 2019 Reading Resolution
I’ve never made a reading resolution before, as reading is my escape and I should be able to read whatever the heck I want. Still, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to grow as a reader. This year, I’d like to alternate more evenly between books “just for fun” and books where I actually learn something. I’d also like to delve into a few issues this year and read books representing various sides of an issue. Consider this a heads up in case you see that I’m reading something that doesn’t gel with your idea of something I might read! I’m exploring ISSUES!
I haven’t developed a plan beyond that, so I’d welcome your suggestions in regards to books I should plan to read in 2019 to help me with my reading resolution.
12/27/2018 08:56:31 am
See, your present from me, w syllabus, will help!
12/27/2018 09:01:41 am
12/27/2018 09:49:09 am
A baby is awesome! Congratulations.
12/27/2018 10:27:38 am
12/27/2018 10:01:30 am
Having diversity in your reading plan is always a good idea, especially if you learn something. My intelligent reading imp is always suggesting classics I haven't read and goes so far as to download them to my Kindle. My entertainment reading imp continues to download paranormal fluff mysteries or cozies. There are several other imps residing inside that download the craziest things!! When my practical brain takes over I just read what I feel at the moment and that is the right way to go, at least for me.
12/27/2018 10:28:52 am
Well your daughter would like to suggest Educated by Tara Westover and Some Luck by Jane Smiley :) :) :)
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Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.