One of my unspoken goals of this year was to read more. I think I might have read like 5 books last year, which is extremely depressing to me. I’ve always been a reader, growing up I was known for how much I read. My goal number of books this year is 14 and for being in the month of March, I think I am right on track to hit or pass that goal! If you’d like to follow along in real time, follow me on Instagram and check out the hashtag #softspiritreads, where I post photos and short reviews of the books I am going through.
I know it can be difficult to find time for books, but I’ve been lucky (in a sense) to be completely alone in a new state and my vivid lack of friends has left me with plenty of time on my hands to check out new books. I really want to start a book exchange eventually, because I am buying all these books and don’t necessarily want to keep them!
Out of the books above, Kafka on the Shore was the most mentally engaging to me. It was my first full-length Murakami book and I enjoyed the challenge of reading it. I put it down so many times though, it wasn’t exactly a page-turner for me, but I did love it. Oryx and Crake was another great one. That was the second Atwood I have read and while it too wasn’t a page turner for me, I liked it. I enjoy reading the books that paved the way for YA novels such as Hunger Games. Oh, and I’ve been meaning to read Oryx and Crake for um… years. Me Before You was a very quick read for me (I might’ve stayed up really late one night tearing through it) and while it’s technically a romance of sorts, it’s also a great commentary on disability. It was simple and engaging and I loved it.
Have any recommendations for me? I was thinking of trying out a Steven King, since I’ve never really gotten into him before. Or maybe I’ll tackle Goldfinch and work my way through relevant Oprah booklist titles. I have to note, that for me to not be reading a science fiction, fantasy or YA dystopian novel is insane. That’s all I read and I have not read one yet this year!