As you know, there is a day for everything from the extraordinarily random (National Static Electricty Day, Jan. 9th) to my personal favorite, World Nutella Day (Feb. 5th) to the downright risky (National Open Your Umbrella Indoors Day, Mar. 13th). But today marks one of the best days in my book: World Book Day!
I would like to give a little love to the wonderful pastime of reading in all its perfect and worldly glory. For the most part I tend to read non-fiction, though every now and then a good fiction book grabs my attention and I even have a few “classics” on my reading list to see what all the hype is about (except for The Alchemist, which fell short of the hype by a couple hundred miles). I especially love memoirs which, in my opinion, have a powerful way of providing readers with new and unique perspectives while creating a better understanding of the human experience. Through intense self-reflection they present a sort of vulnerability that is palpable, honest and inspiring, and who doesn’t love that? What I appreciate most is that they offer vastly diverse experiences that enhance my worldview by encouraging me to question how I see the world and the ways in which I react to it. Like I said, I’m a real sucker for a good memoir…
Now despite being I’m more of a quality of quantity kind of gal, I’ve decided to challenge myself to read 50 books in 2016 and this little corner of the Internet is going to house my reading lists and hold me accountable to my goals. And just for funsies, or if you are looking for a good book to sell your soul to, I’ve put asterisks (**) next to my favorites.
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky by Benjamin Ajak, Alephonsion Deng, & Benson Deng **
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado **
I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O’Connell
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense by David Brooks
The Reason I Jump by Naioki Higashida
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall **
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Up Next (possibly):
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzay
Oh, and please don’t be shy! If you have a favorite book you’re dying to tell others about, well I can tell you that I’m already dying to hear all about it and read it myself, so feel free to shoot me a comment or message!