As I (& millions of others) spent much of November & December 2016 reeling, I kept thinking that I needed to turn in, turn back to what helps me sort & process. & for me, that’s almost always been reading. I sunk myself into reading posts, articles, blogs from all types of media sources, but I was left wanting more.
Then when I saw a post in a FB group asking for book ideas, both fiction & nonfiction, historical & current to help a lady open up communications with a family member with opposite beliefs in the form of a joint book club, I grabbed the closest pad of paper (yep, I still write notes to myself ol’ school) & jotted down the titles as quick as I could.
So in case others wondered what I’ve been reading & what I’m hoping to tackle for 2017 (& so I’ll remember too), here’s the list. Most are ones people posted as ideas, but I’m also adding some I found myself & added to my list.
I have a few completed, I’m on the wait list for more at the library & a few longer books I’m waiting for a vacation car trip to get lost into them.
My hope is to bring back my old style of reviews after I complete a book of the list. And as I dive more into my list, I’ll add to it as well. And yes, I’m already learning I need to figure out some lighthearted novels to throw into the mix.
- Deer Hunting with Jesus
- It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (I tried & failed to get past first chapter, will try again)
- White Trash by Nany Isenburg (just picked up from library)
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Washington (just started today)
- Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult (finished)
- For the Love by Jen Hatmaker (finished)
- Lies my Teacher Told Me
- Game of Thrones (my current “light” reading)
- The Magnolia Story
- Present over Perfect
- In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen (finished)
- Feminsim is for Everybody by Bell Hooks
- A People’s History of the US by Howard Zinn
- And the Band Played on by Randy Shilts
- Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenrach
- Waking up White by Debbie Irving
I’d love to hear what others are reading? Anything you’ve loved recently? Anything that’s made you think or opened your mind on a subject?