Trips to the library make me giddy. They always have. Walking on warm spring days to the library with my mom—library bag in tow. The smell of the old cards in the Dewey decimal system. Row upon row of book spines just waiting to be cracked open.
I don’t think we ever left with less than ten new books.
As I got older the walks with my mom would be supplemented by rides with friends on our bikes—library bag still in tow. Kids books replaced by teen novels and books by Stephan King and Edgar Allen Poe. When G-tot came along the library bag once again found itself stuffed full of kids books (along with DVDs and CDs).
Then, a couple of years ago, I realized that I wasn’t reading for ME nearly as much as I used to. Now don’t get me wrong, I was still reading a lot. But instead of novels just for pleasure it was primarily children’s books and books on design theory and technical manuals. Not exactly the kind of page-turning stuff this 30-something was dying to read.
So I set a goal. Read 10 books in 2008 just for me. It renewed my passion for reading. In 2009 I upped the goal to 15 books. And in 2010 I set my goal to read 20 books just for me. I hit that goal in the middle of December.
This is what I read last year.
- Restaurant at the End of the Universe—Douglas Adams
- Life, the Universe, and Everything—Douglas Adams
- Eat, Pray, Love—Elizabeth Gilbert
- A Rather Charming Invitation—C.A. Belmond
- Bright Lights, Big Ass—Jen Lancaster
- Moose (A Fat Camp Memoir)—Stephenie Klein
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—Seth Graham
- A Bad Day for Pretty—Sophie Littlefield
- The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner—Stephenie Meyer
- The Hunger Games—Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire—Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay—Suzanne Collins
- The Alchemyst—Michael Scott
- The Magician—Michael Scott
- Gods Behaving Badly—Marie Phillips
- So Long and Thanks for All the Fish—Douglas Adams
- Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter—Seth Graham
- The Sorceress—Michael Scott
- The Necromancer—Michael Scott
- Committed—Elizabeth Gilbert
Some were great, some were just okay, and a few were OH MY GOD GET ME THROUGH THIS NOW! My absolute favorites from last year were The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I hated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but really enjoyed Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter—both written by Seth Graham. Committed was one of those books I could have done without but by the time I realized it was just, eh, I was (ironically) already committed to finishing it.
My goal for this year is 25 books. I’ve already read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire (both by Steig Larsson) and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. I’m currently reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (also by Steig Larsson). I think I’m well on my way to hitting my 2011 goal.
How about you? Do you like to read just for pleasure? What are some of the best things you’ve read recently? And are you on Good Reads? If so, have we connected yet?