Anybody else love to read? I am always on the lookout for good books. It’s one of the things I LOVE about Goodreads. Have you discovered this yet? I’m guessing yes because I have never been particularly cutting edge so if I’ve found it, I assume it’s been around for a while. But here’s why I love it: I love having a place to mark the books I find that I want to read but can never remember the name of once I leave the bookstore; I love going to bookstores with Glenn and making a list of titles to add to my “to read” shelf (now I can just do it straight from my phone!); I love switching books from my “to read” shelf to my “currently reading” shelf to “read.” (Am I the only one that finds that gratifying?)
I am also always on the lookout for ways to challenge myself to a higher standard for book selection than just page-turning action. Here are a few things I’ve done toward that end:
1. Joined a book club. We read a book a month and selections are based on different genres: a banned book, a translation, non-fiction, a classic…you get the picture. I’m coming up on a year since I joined and it has already stretched my reading appetite. Without book club I would never had read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or The Elegance of the Hedgehog, both books that I ended up kind of liking. This month’s book is In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta Ahmed. (To find our reading list for 2012/13, click here.)
2. Started following an online book club. Gretchen Rubin, at the Happiness Project, has an online book club. Each month she recommends three books. I like that it pushes me a little and makes me consider some books I wouldn’t usually think about. Plus anything that gives legitimacy to my love for children’s literature is tops in my book. (No pun intended. Well, maybe a little intended.)
3. Made my own list. I’ve been meaning to do this for years so I am putting this out there so that I’m on the hook. I want to read a biography for each president. In the course of my other reading I’ve read books about George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and FDR so you know, I’m practically done, right? Next up: James Madison.
So what do you think? Want to join me in reading The Land of Invisible Women or James Madison (by Richard Brookhiser)? Or do you have books I should add to my “to-read” shelf? I’d love to hear what you’re reading, what you think and why!