One of my goals—irrespective of the New Year—is always to read more. While I get a lot of my daily news from online sources, and I’m constantly taking screen shots of book covers that look interesting on Instagram, finding the time to actually sit down and read has proven a challenge. When traveling to the Cayman Islands last spring and Europe more recently in the fall, I packed along a slew of books. Knowing that I would have some downtime each night, I was proud when by the end of my trip I had read all of the books I brought with me. Of course, I was hoping the trend would continue once I returned home, but sadly that was not the case.
So, here’s to a new year and to new books on my reading list. Note that I’m not going to write a whole post about trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks—or even say that I’m going to read 10 in a year. I’m just keeping track of some of the books I’d like to get through, and maybe making more of a concerted effort to carve out a little time for reading in 2020. But, hey, #NoPressure.
In no particular order, here are some of the books that are on my (growing) reading list:
- The Medal by Kerriann Flanagan Brosky: If you’re a regular reader around here or you follow me on social media, you may remember that I’ve gone to a couple of Kerriann’s local Long Island book talks. The last one I attended was on her Historic Crimes of Long Island book, which I promptly read in one sitting. But at that lecture she briefly talked about her novel, The Medal, which is loosely based on the author’s own experience with being her father’s caretaker as he battled multiple sclerosis.
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: I’ve seen this book making the rounds, so when a friend recommended it and later loaned it to me, I figured that I should finally read it. The New York Times bestseller infuses murder mystery with a coming-of-age story that has garnered impressive reviews.
- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: From the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, this book is about family bonds and the intricacies of human connection.
That’s it for my list at the moment. Since some of these books are upwards of 300 pages, I think that will keep me pretty busy.
I’d love to know, what’s on your reading list for 2020?