It’s time for a new reading plan! At the end of 2014, I completed a reading challenge I had set for myself called Reading Down the House. I listed the 17 books I owned that I had never read, and gave myself 14 months to read them all. It was satisfying to cross them off my list!
This time, I wanted to expand my reading horizons by getting other people to suggest books for me. It started when my co-worker Shelly said I simply must read Someone by Alice McDermott. It was a book I would never have picked up myself, but I loved it. Just recently, I finished reading Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, recommended by my friend Marilyn, and I had the same experience of getting completely immersed in a book I would not have discovered on my own. So, I contacted about two dozen bloggers and asked each of them to recommend a book for me to read. I focused on the bloggers who comment here most often since I thought they’d be the most likely to check back and find out if I had read their selections!
My new reading list has much more variety than I would have selected myself. I’m so excited to begin, I hardly know where to start! Here they are:
Book Title – by Author / Suggested By (Name) @ Blog
The fiction on the list includes literary, historical, mystery and suspense, sci-fi, satire and coming-of-age. The nonfiction includes memoir, biography and wise words from leaders. Some bloggers chose a title they’d read recently, some chose books that inspired them, and some chose their all-time favourites. I was especially surprised that very few suggested books based on the main themes of their blogs!
I played the library lotto to decide which to read first: I placed a bunch of titles on hold, and the first to arrive is the first to be read. And the winner is: The Secret River by Kate Grenville, recommended by Lucinda Sans! As I finish each book, I will post a review and choose the next one. I’ll cross-post the reviews on Goodreads, where you can find the list on my Recommended shelf. Feel free to send me a friend request over there! From this point forward, I’ll select the books less randomly, so I’m not reading similar types of books back-to-back.
I still have some feelers out, looking for a few more suggestions from my circle of blog friends. Check your blog email to see if I’ve sent you a note! If I’ve missed you, it may be because you have no contact info on your site. Feel free to send me your choices at my anexactinglife gmail address.
Which of these books have you read? Would anyone like to read along? Or, would you like to compile your own list of books recommended to you, and post them? Otherwise, stay tuned for updates and reviews!