Reading for me over the last several months has been very slow going. I’ve started and stopped several books, and I’m pretty sure I’ve only actually finished one book since the end of June. Given all that I’ve been up to, it’s to be expected, but I definitely have the time to start reading again, and I want to take advantage of that as much as possible before potentially starting school (fingers crossed).
For a while I was really into mystery novels, but a few too many Mo Hayder tales left me scared to go out to my car pre-sunrise for work, so I decided it would be best to take a step back from that type of fiction.
Here’s what I’m attempting for this month:
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
This is a young adult novel that keeps showing up in my Goodreads recommendations, so I decided to give it a go. I like a lot of young adult novels because they tend to be pretty fast, fun, and easy reads.
2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
I had a Barnes and Noble gift card that I was itching to use, so I did some browsing on Friday and came across this book. I actually recognized and had heard good things about 1Q84. The only copy on the shelves was really beat up, so I decided to go with a different title by the same author. I chose this one based on a few sentences that I read from the middle of the book, which is how I usually choose books.
3. Great House by Nicole Krauss
Nicole Krauss wrote The History of Love, which is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year, if not ever. I stumbled upon this book in our tiny neighborhood library and checked it out. I’m about halfway through this one, and I’m enjoying it. It’s similar to The History of Love in some ways, but it’s much more subtle and slow moving. I enjoy reading it, and I feel motivated to continue reading it, but it doesn’t hold my attention for long periods.
4. Herbs and Spices by Jill Norman
I’ve had this book for ages, but I haven’t actually read it except for to page through it or look something up now and then. I’m feeling really motivated to improve my culinary skills and knowledge, so I figured this would be a good place to start.
5. Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison
This is an absolutely gorgeous book that my cousin Amelia gave to me and Greg as a housewarming present. It’s full of great recipes and tons of information about all different kinds of vegetables. Once again, hoping to gain some food knowledge and inspiration.
And that’s it! I’ll be lucky to get through these with the 200+ pages of assigned reading that I have to complete this month, but I’ll do my best. As always.
What are you reading these days?
How do you choose a book?