For 2015’s challenge, I set a goal of 20 books. Why shoot so low, you ask? I was worried that since I’ll be starting school again in the fall, I won’t have time for reading during the time I tend to read the most: chilly fall and winter evenings after work.
Halfway through the year, I’ve read ten books, putting me one ahead of schedule. This number would probably be higher if I weren’t stuck midway through two books: Long Walk to Freedom (a good read and very engaging, but the walk is indeed long) and The Sexual Politics of Meat (not quite an easy lunchtime/ bedtime read). I refuse to give up on either, however, because they both seem to be worth the investment. I just need to buckle down and commit.
Here are the ten books I have finished:
- Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
- Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
- The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Jeff Hobbs
- Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood
- We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
- All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
- One L, Scott Turow
- The Lover, Marguerite Duras
- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez
- Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Moving into the second half of the year, I’m trying to decide which books I want to squeeze into the remaining ten to-read slots.
This list includes:
- Ordinary Light: A Memoir, Tracy K. Smith
- The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
- Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
- A Sport of Nature, Nadine Gordimer
- Delicious Foods, James Hannaham
- Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, David Lipsky
Any other recommendations?