This has been a tough, strange year, and when things get tough I reach for things that comfort me. This could explain the jump in my caffeine consumption (highly probable that my seven-year-old doing distance-learning from home has affected this as well), but it certainly explains why I’ve been spending my spare time reading—often re-reading.
There are people out there who can’t stand the thought of reading a book they’ve already read (But there are SO many books out there to be read, why would you re-read one!) but there is a sense of comfort in knowing what you’re in for. I don’t think I need to explain why I’ve needed that this year.
Late in 2019, I set myself a goal of reading 40 books this year. As of today, I have read 42, not counting books for the new young-adult imprint (Did you hear about that? Holy smokes, I’m still pinching myself!) Once the election madness is over (#BidenHarris2020), I’ll be thinking even more about what I’d like to read for the rest of the year.
After counting how many books I bought this year, I put a moratorium on any further book purchases until 2021. I made sure to tell my husband to keep myself accountable. What that means is I’ve got to dig into my TBR pile. Here are the books I’m considering…
This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagán—I will read anything that Pagan writes. That this came out in February and I haven’t yet read it yet is a big oversight.
Becoming by Michelle Obama—I’m ashamed to say that I bought myself a copy shortly after this book came out in late 2018 and still haven’t read it. I’m planning to crack this one open over the Christmas holiday.
The Comeback by Ella Berman—I actually started this book (very briefly) late this year, but got distracted by other, shinier objects. The premise of this one is super interesting—an A-list Hollywood actress at the height of her career suddenly disappears. A year later she’s back in LA trying to piece her life back together.
Apartment by Teddy Wayne—I read Apartment in February and I already want to re-read it. That’s looking like a trend this year as I read Writers & Lovers twice within a few months.
Even just writing this post makes me want to slack off work for the next two months and set up camp on the couch with coffee. You?