Let’s be honest, I have a hard time sitting down and reading a book. When I was little, my grandmother would bring me to the library, I’d fill up my canvas bag with as many as I could, and we’d go home. I’d spend the morning curled up in the big blue recliner by the corner window and read them cover to cover.
When I was in high school, I volunteered at that same library, working after school (and even “interning” there my senior year). In college, my work study was in the library, working everything from the reference desk to front desk, and even cataloguing books. I basically lived there and read a ton.
Now, I’m a lost puppy when it comes to books. I get so wrapped up in everything that I don’t sit down in a quiet spot and just decompress and read. I need to do it. I need to relax. So my one resolution that I hope I keep this year is to read as many books as I can. And these, my friends, are the top 10 books I have on my hit list.
Please give me more suggestions in the comments! Thanks!
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I saw the movie and I have to say, my jaw was dropped most of the way through it. I can’t imagine how much detail was left out (you know, that whole book-to-movie transition), so I’m on a mission to read this before the year is out.
2. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
A girlfriend of mine let me borrow this book and I never finished it. It’s a memoir about how Sophia Amoruso started her company Nasty Gal. She’s honest, brash, and funny. Now if I could just find the time to sit down and actually read the book.
3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Another “movie I’ve watched, book I haven’t read.”
4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I need at least one funny memoir by a celebrity on my list. Last year I read Minday Kaling‘s and I loved it. Comedian, writer, feminist. You’re my gal this year Amy Poeller, you’re my gal.
5. Insomnia by Stephen King
When I was little, my grandmother had a stack of books on top of her dresser, most of them by Stephen King. She even had me listen to some of his stories on cassette tape when we drove around doing errands. This book was always daunting to me, but I want to read it, all of it, as kind of a tribute to her fascination with King’s work.
6. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
This one is for Andy. I have never been facinated by this series, but he keeps wanting me to go see the movie. And if I’m going to sit through a three hour film, I might as well actually read the stories.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no stranger to this section of the book store, it’s just that when I’m in the fantasy book section, I’ll drift over to science fiction and grab a copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
7. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Yes, this is a children’s story, but it’s one of my favorites and it’s been so long since I’ve read it. I think it’s time for another reading. It follows Milo, a 10-year-old boy through this mysterious land filled with terms only a school geek could love: getting lost in the doldrums, trying to walk to infinity, and a not so wicked “which.”
8.The Maze Runner Trilogy James Dashner
Ok, so this isn’t just one book, but multiple books. But mention these books around my friend Laurenne and it’s like these are made of gold. So I have to give them a try. I like stories where you’re not quite sure what’s going on, but you think you had an idea, and then BAM all of a sudden your mind is blown. So yeah, that’s what I’m hoping to get out of this.
My immediate thought was this is another Lord of the Flies, but it’s not. It might be post-apocalyptic, but it’s going to suck me in like The Hunger Games did, I can tell.
9. 1984 By George Orwell
In high school, we had the choice to either read 1984 or A Brave New World. I chose A Brave New World. Which means I never had the chance to read 1984. So here’s to 10 years later and me finally getting my act together to read a classic novel.
10. The House Girl by Tara Conklin
Suggested by my aunt and by reading the description, it’s kind up right up my alley. I’m not one for super historic books, but I’ve really enjoyed novels that go back and forth between the present day and history (Ya Ya Sisterhood, anyone?) The story is about a young laywer who’s working on a historic class-action suit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. Interesting, and I’m going to give it a go.