The last quarter of 2016 was an odd one for me and I did not do much reading at all. I had lost my passion for it – along with other things – due to reasons I’d rather not discuss on the internet. ha! Let’s just say I was taken out and lost a lot of the joy I usually find in many things. I am back to it and in January I culled my To Be Read (TBR) list and decided to begin the Re-Read Project to ignite the bookworm in me once again.
All 3 below are so different from each other and makes for great, diverse reading.
As a bonus, queued up is :
It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era.
The 3 Books I am Excited to Read
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth…But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand
When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.
One of my goals this year is to read more and read faster. I have so many books on my reading list and as a slow reader – not a good combination…
When I think of reading, I think of sitting in a window seat, overlooking the streets of Paris, with the gentle Spring breeze gently blowing the curtains…a cup of coffee on a delicate table and I, comfortable in a dressing robe, reading my day away.
Alas, I do not live in Paris, I do not have a window seat and it is certainly not Spring. I’ve always heard people say how they squeeze reading in during the day. I never could do that because I always felt like I needed to “get into” the book for a solid period of time. While I do schedule at least 1 hour per day reading (yes, I mark it as a task on my to-do list) I want to get in more.
Yesterday my work computer was updating. While it did it’s thing I thought I’ll just read a few pages while this updates. I ended up finishing about 10 pages or so while the computer ran it’s updates. It got me thinking of opportunities to read during the day that I otherwise would not have thought:
- While waiting for your phone or tablet to charge
- Boiling water – A watched pot never boils, so why not read?
- As food item cooks in above water – watched food never cooks.
- At the deli counter – the meat slicer is going, you may as well use that time wisely!
- At a red light – And if the person behinds you beeps when the light turns green they obviously do not understand the importance of finishing a paragraph before re-inserting the bookmark.
- During a conference call you really do not need to be on – Caution advised
- Schedule a 30 minute meeting and hide in the bathroom – no one will know….
- While on hold with customer service – Your call may be important to them, but your time isn’t
- When a friend or family member puts you on hold – see above
- Waiting in line to buy or check out books – may as well get a head start.
- Laundry time – whether at a laundromat or not, use that time wisely!
- Pumping gas – safer than smoking a cigarette
- While your dog is doing his/her business
- As the coffee is brewing or tea kettle going
- Arrive to an appointment early and read in your car – waiting rooms are too loud and chaotic.
- Waiting for food at a carry out or drive through
- Software updates – This could take a while…
- During a dish washing cycle – maximize the free time.
- At a 4-way stop sign – no one can decide who goes first anyway…
- At an amusement park while others get in line for a roller coaster — up to an hour wait? No problem!
For Christmas I got $50 total in Barnes and Noble gift cards and after careful consideration, I decided to buy three books.
DEAD WAKE- THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA
My goal for the last few years has been to read more books by male authors. It may be just me, but it seems like novels by women dominate the shelves. Obviously, how each gender writes and their topics are different, so I want to explore more male fiction writers since finishing book 2 of The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin. This has been on my T.B.R. (to be read) list for many months. I’m looking forward to this one.
A guest on the podcast “What Should I Read Next” listed this as one of her favorites and it sounded awesome and right up my reading ally. Anything that has to do with untangling secrets of the past I am all in.
I am not much of a re-reader – hence the re-read project – but this one I have read twice: once in 2013 and a second in 2015. I own it in EBook form but needed to own it in paper form. At the end of my days on this planet, I want people to find this book and see it has been read and loved. I want it dog eared, binding separating, cover creased…the works. I love this book so much.
THE RE-READ PROJECT
I am approaching the final pages of Lessons from Madame Chic and up next is another personal favorite: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
This was a book where after I read the last sentence, I went up stairs to my husband and collapsed on the bed, longing to discuss it. haha! I want to experience that again as I only recall the feeling and not the details. Now THAT is a good book!