This past year has been a whirlwind. When I pause to take a breath, I can’t even believe we survived it. Preparing for and selling a house, buying and remodeling two more houses, and sending The Girl off to college, all while wading through the usual junk life throws at you. I barely had time to eat and sleep, let alone read. And I really have missed reading. The thing I love about reading is that it forces you to relax and calm your mind, so it can be filled with all sorts of other things: humor, knowledge, advice. I forget how necessary and helpful it is for me to unwind, so I’m making reading a priority this year by setting a pretty lofty goal: 52 books in 52 weeks.
Yep. A book every single week of the year. Of course I’ll be blogging all about everything I read! This is going to be fun. I have a pretty long list I’ve been keeping, so I’m excited to start crossing titles off that list. I’m going to read any and every book genre, and I’m always open to suggestions. Plus, my goal is your gain, because once I’m done with my monthly reading, I’ll be giving the books I’ve read away to YOU!
Check out what I’m reading this month:
The Wild Truth by Carine Mc Candless is probably the book I’m most excited about reading. That’s why it’s the very first of 52 books I’m picking up this year. The Wild Truth is written by Chris McCandless’ sister, Carine. Chris McCandless was the subject of Jon Krakauer’s best seller, Into the Wild. Carine essentially fills in the blanks of the Chris’ life. And since I’ve read Into the Wild three times and seen the movie twice, I am fascinated by what Carine has to say.
I think Amy Poehler is, hands down, one of the funniest humans on the planet. I am not sure how, Yes Please, is Amy’s first book, because I’m sure she has books of hilarious content just rolling around in her brain. But I’m super excited to laugh like crazy when I read this. Laughing is good for your soul after all.
This book, Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin, probably wouldn’t have been on my radar at all if it wasn’t for the HH. He picked this up at the airport for his last flight and went on and on about how good it was. So I’m mostly reading it to keep him from badgering me anymore, but I secretly hope it’s as awesome as he says it is!
Still Alice by Lisa Genova was recommended to me by my friend JJ. It tells the story of a super accomplished Harvard professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. The storyline fascinates me, plus I’ve heard there is a movie coming out about it. I’ll have to add that to my other never ending list: movies to watch!
Remember what I said earlier about reading every and any type of books? Bugs in my Hair by David Shannon proves I wasn’t kidding. I figured I might need a little break and one week with a bit of light reading, so I threw a children’s book in the mix this month.
So there you have my lineup for my first month of my 52 books in 52 week challnge. Have you read any of the books above? Loved them? Hated them? Have any great reads lately that I should add to my list?