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2016 Reading List I

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Like any true bibliophile, I collect books. You would most likely find me at Barnes & Noble or the book section at the Publix or Target scoping out the the bestsellers, bargain books, and just whatever looks good. As a result, I have shelves of books, many of which I have not yet read. And if that’s not enough, I also have books on my Nook that I’ve purchased either through Barnes & Noble or Amazon (I have the Kindle app) and never read.

But as we approach the end of 2015, I am committing myself to reading all the books that I’ve purchased but never read. And besides, one of my goals for 2016 is to read more. Sadly, I don’t read as much as I used to when I was in high school. I never knew it then but I had so much free time in high school to just read and do nothing but read (as long as my homework was done, of course!).

For most of this year, I just did not have time to read because of work and college. But now that I’ve graduated, I should be able to find some time to read. If I can write 50,000 words in a month for Nanowrimo, then I should be able to spend at least an hour a day reading.

I’m going to post the names of these books here (as well as a link to Amazon, if you’d like to read them yourself. Read along with me! We could have a virtual book club!).

Horns, by Joe Hill — I bought this book at my local Walmart and I bought it for two reasons. It was on special for $3.97 . And perhaps most importantly of all, I had just recently seen the movie Horns on Netflix and absolutely loved it. So, naturally, I wanted to read the book.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson — My friend at work actually gave me a copy of this book last year. He knows that I am particularly interested in Nazi Germany, the plight of the Jews, Anne Frank, the Holocaust.

The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov — Another friend from work gave me this book as a gift early last year. She thought that I would enjoy it as it is a book that examines life and the human condition, among other things, in this fine work of classical Russian literature.

The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling — This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time, since it was first published in 2012. It was the first non-Harry Potter book written by Rowling and so I obviously had to get it. Enough said.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith — As I’m sure most of you know, this book is actually written by Rowling. And again, it’s a book that I have to read because it is written by her. Brand recognition is strong, isn’t it? Become a best selling novelist and you are set for life. 🙂

An Interrupted Life and Letters From Westerbork, by Etty Hillesum — This book was given to me by another friend. Again, because of my interest in the Holocaust.

Elizabeth I, A Novel, by Margaret George — Another interest of mine is the Tudor Period. I am particularly interested in the wives of Henry VIII. I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about Elizabeth I and her impact on British history.

This is all the physical copy of books that I own and haven’t read. I guess the list isn’t as long as I expected. I think I will tackle this list first before turning to the unread books on my Nook. Have you read any of these books? If so, give me a shout out and let’s discuss! If not, let’s read the books together. Collaboration and teamwork are vital in achieving success when working towards goals.

 

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Two Books

THE MASTER AND MARGARITA and DARK PLACES

THE MASTER AND MARGARITA and DARK PLACES

For my birthday last month, a co-worker bought me this book. It is a Russian novel about life in the USSR in the 1930s. Chapter one starts off with two men sitting on a bench, when a foreigner arrives….

I recently read Flynn’s Gone Girl, which was phenomenal. I felt like the novel sent me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I enjoyed the ending, but it was unpredictable and disturbing. Because I enjoyed the book so much, I went ahead and purchased another book by Flynn. I’m hoping that I will enjoy Dark Places just as much as I enjoyed Gone Girl.