Thursday, January 7, 2016

Books I'm Excited About Reading in the New Year

When I started brainstorming for a list of the books I was excited about this year, my brain shut down. Ugh, I thought. Maybe I'm not as excited about reading this year as I thought at first. Maybe I should just pare back my reading habits and sleep more instead...;)

But then, I sat down with a journal and really started hashing it out, and it turns out, there are a lot of books that I'm excited about reading. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

One of my favorite habits is sitting down with a good book for about an hour before bed.  For the really good books, that I can't put down, I have to plan to take the kids to a playground or an indoor play area, so that I can read, read, read while they play! ;)

To be honest, my real reading routine is actually: make a list of 3-4 books to read during the month. Ideal world: check them out at the library. Real world: buy them all on Amazon. Read the easy reads in the first two weeks (or sometimes the first two days). Slowly, dragging my feet, pick up the hard books around the beginning of the third week, read a few pages, and pretty much decide it's/they're not for me. Three days before the month ends, pick up the hard books again, and plug away at them until I'm done, usually under the wire before the next month starts up. If I know myself well at all by now, I know that I'll probably operate the same way this year.

So now for the list.


1. Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy by Rumer Godden

I've really wanted to read something else by Godden. I found In This House of Brede readable, but it left me wanting another work by Godden.

2. The Brothers K  by David James Duncan

I've heard about this for years. I think it's high time I finally read it!

3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

To be honest, I read the first half in college, and I never finished this great work by Tolstoy! I need to revisit it and tackle it once and for all.

4. Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos

This is the year I finally read this book Stephen has been recommending to me since we got married.

5. Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

I'm curious about this book after hearing about it on MMD. < - And if you have yet to check out her blog, let me do you a favor and tell you- spend some time getting acquainted. You will not regret it for a second!

6. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Another one I've just heard about for years. Always thought it sounded intriguing and like something I might like!

7. Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Heard about this recently on a podcast, and I seriously cannot even wait to tear through this one.


~Of Farming and Classics by David Grene

Stephen read this about 5 years ago, and after picking it up and reading the first few pages, I'm hoping it's something I will devour!

~Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Blogger turned author, and I definitely have plans to read this one. Update: started it, and found it too offensive for my taste. She doesn't seem to have a conscience (or if I'm generous, perhaps she isn't very self-aware). Also, her family went through an extremely violent murder (within the family) and I think she might still be in denial and is in dire need of counseling.

~Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

Once again, heard about this on Modern Mrs. Darcy, and I'm very interested.

~ Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn

Can you believe this is still on my to-read list?

When I look back over this list, I realize that I have no really new releases. Makes me even more excited for 2016 and what we'll discover fresh from the stacks! ;)
adding my link to This Ain't the Lyceum


Iris Hanlin - The Starving Inspired said...

I love the Hahns! This looks like a good list. :) Always in the market for new books to read. Happy New Year!

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October Rose said...

I just read Bel Canto last year and LOVED it. And I also have that book my Godden on my list for this year!

I read All the Light We Cannot See and really enjoyed it so I will look into the other book by Doerr. :)

Tacy said...

@ Iris~ So glad to have a thumbs up from you on reading Scott Hahn!

@ October Rose~ I'm so glad you liked Bel Canto! Extremely encouraged to hear that. I have also been wanting to read ATLWCS.

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

I've been wanting to read "Diary of a Country Priest" for a while now - I hope you'll do a review when you're finished - I'll be curious to hear your thoughts if you get to it before I do.
"Delicious" just looks like fun!
Having read "Rome Sweet Home" already, I'll def be curious to hear your thoughts after reading it since you'll have the added bonus of a "convert's" perspective and insight! :)
Thanks for some great suggestions! Happy 2016!

Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader said...

Bel Canto is on my list for the year, as is All the Light We Cannot See, which I want to read before deciding whether or not to read Four Seasons in Rome. Although that one sounds so appealing I may end up reading it first!