I’m trying something new this month. Instead of just willy-nilly picking books based on Amazon’s and Goodread’s ‘Recommended for you’ lists, then reading the free preview, getting bored and moving on… until I accidentally land on something I like, I decided to actually put some effort in to picking a month’s worth of books to read.
This morning I spent about three hours (much longer than I’d planned) putting together that list. I wanted to pick books from a range of genres while also staying as current as possible. This was not an easy task! There are so many places, too many really, that recommend books. I looked on library sites and book blogger sites and independent book sellers sites, and stayed away from the big lists, like the NYT’s Best Sellers, and Amazon. I also had a hard time picking the number of books to read. I read a lot and I read fast, but some months are busier than others, and it is hard to know how much time I’ll have. For now, I’m going to go with a safe seven.
- Boredom: A Lively History – Peter Toohey (pop science)
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life – Donald Miller (memoir)
- The Broken Shore – Peter Temple (mystery)
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson (history)
- The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story – Lily Koppel (biography)
- Redshirts – John Scalzi (sci/fi)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman (fantasy)
I don’t promise to write a review of any of these books, I really don’t like writing reviews. (What did you think of the book, Jill? Oh, it was good. That’s all? Yup.) But I’ll try to do the star rating thing over on goodreads at the very least.
Here’s a few of the sites I visited during my search:
I’m starting with Boredom, àpropos considering it was boredom that prompted me to make this list in the first place. 🙂