On My 'To Read' List
I take reading very seriously. To the point that I’ve worked out how many books I’ll likely be able to read before I die.
I’m expecting to live to about 95. No real reason, except that’s the number I’m using and I think I should still be able to read till I’m 95 (I’m basing that on the fact that my Nan could).
So, I read between 50 - 70 books per year at the moment. However, I expect once I’m retired, on long service leave or perhaps on sabbatical after a mental breakdown, I’ll read over 100 per year. So averaging it all out and doing some really complicated and high end math, I roughly will get to read 5,220 books in my lifetime…
THAT’S IT! That might sound like a lot, but it really isn’t considering all the books I want to read (my ‘to read’ list is so long you need to set aside an hour to go through it), plus new books come out every year! Every year there’s no books to read! It’s all too much.
So some might say, I take reading too seriously.
What it means though is that I’ve started to be careful with what I read. I’ve decided to put down a book if I don’t like it and be better at planning what I’m going to read – no more wandering aimlessly around the library and just grabbing whatever is pretty. So all that being said, this is my reading list for the next month:
1. The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
We’re doing this book for book club (quick shoutout to Em for picking such a good book).
Tim Winton is a modern day Aussie treasure. He’s going to be a Miles-Franklin-style classic one day. PLUS this book has a 4.14 rating on Goodreads (anything over 4 is high AF FYI).
I’m starting this book today, so can’t tell you much about it, but book clubs on Friday so I have to be done by then if you want to check back in and I can tell you how it is.
So to summarise: it’s on my list because book club, and I think every Aussie should read at least ONE Tim Winton. (I recommend starting with The Turning or Cloudstreet.)
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
It’s no secret that I’m bloomin’ love YA. The way YA authors tap into themes and get into your soul – it’s like no other. Honestly, I cry in just about every YA book.
I’ve had Eleanor & Park on my list for so long but it’s never available at the dang library! (Damn those teenagers and their 3pm finish time – they always get to the library before me.) But I’m just going to buy it, because let’s be honest, I’m probably going to love it.
(If you have any good YA recommendations – please share!)
3. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
I’m all about supporting Aussie authors (you should be too). I love them – I want to be one some day. So the fact that Holly Ringland is Australian adds a lot of points. I’ve also had multiple people tell me how much I would love this book, plus it’s so pretty! (I know, I know, cover/judging etc. but come on – SO pretty.)
So that’s why I’m reading it. I’ll let you know how it goes.
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I have no idea how this got on my list or who put it there, but it’s been there for so long (it’s near the top) so I feel like I need to bloody read it.
It has great reviews (again, over 4 on Goodreads) and seems quite unique. Also the cover looks so interesting and cool! I think reading this book might make me indie and cool. (I’ll report back.)
5. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
I must read this.
I’ve been seeing it EVERYWHERE and have had a couple of people ask me if I’ve read it as though they expect that I would have already, which means I must read it. (I know that’s some complicated logic right there, but it makes sense in my head. Also might be a bit people-pleasing, but whatevs.)
The blurb has gotten me so hooked, I can’t wait to read it:
Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship—like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor—April and her friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world—from Beijing to Buenos Aires—and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.
Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.
It sounds like the most modern day self discovery story ever.