I’m not ashamed to say that I basically grew up in the library. Being home schooled and all, I had a lot of time. The library was an easy place where both my mom and I could find something to do, and I’ve got a lot of fond memories there.
What I am embarrassed to admit is that my reading has gotten into a rut. Even worse, I haven’t really been reading much at all.
After perusing Goodreads for while, I’ve made a list of books for me to read that are all conveniently located in my library (tangentially, I really don’t like buying books. I have a very low rate of repeat reading and am also poor and quasi-minimalist), so here’s my list, and I’d love to see yours:
At the top of my list are books recommended by other people:
- Divergent: Dystopian future, with people divided into different groups – it’s like The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter. It’s recommended by John Green to boot, so I’m definitely in!
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: Set in the early 20th century and following two young boys as they create comics, this is waaaaaay out of my usual genres, but I’m intrigued.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian: I don’t know much about this one or The Boyfriend List, simply that they’ve been recommended. We’ll see how they go.
Then, I’ve got my easy, comfort zone books.
- The Truth, Smoke and Mirrors, Expecting Someone Taller, and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Center are all Terry Pratchett or Pratchett-esque books, which I’ve been reading for long enough that it feels like my literary home. Hey, when you go on a diet you get some cheat days; when I upgrade my reading list I get some comfortable fluff.
Finally, we’ve got out of my comfort zone stuff that might be a little harder to reader. More emotional, maybe, or some viewpoints I’m not used to:
- The Rules of Survival and The Miseducation of Cameron Post deal with abuse and LGBTQ issues respectively and while they might be kind of intense, I think they’d be a good addition to my reading repertoire.
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks are all just slightly out of my normal reading, more young adult centric and out of my own personal experience (i.e. the nerd one seems to involve being anxious about joining a Dungeons and Dragons crowd. I run a DnD game, so this concept is pretty foreign to me).
What are you reading? Do you read the same sort of stuff most of the time? Any book recommendations for me (I love book recommendations!)