Books of 2018 #1

January 7, 2018 Personal Comments

I’m not big on resolutions for the new year, but there were two things that crossed my mind when 2018 was approaching fast. First: capture more moments. More about that it a future post. And the second thing: read more books.

Let’s be realistic though – I am not a fast reader. My body has conditioned itself to fall asleep when I read. I generally read before bed, and now my body thinks that whenever I read in a comfortable place (in bed or on the couch, preferably with a blanket), I should become drowsy and sleepy. The consequence is that I can only read for a short amount of time, or I will go into a napping state and not really register what I am reading.

Fair enough, it’s easy to derive a lesson from this: if I want to read bigger chunks of a book at a time, I need to sit up and not get too comfortable. It’s just very challenging because believe me… my couch is sooooo comfy.

So let’s set a target. At least three books every quarter of a year. Starting with these.

1. The Nix by Nathan Hill

I started on this one somewhere in the middle of December. In the beginning I couldn’t quite settle into this book. This might have something to do with Outlander – I convinced myself not to continue reading into the next book of the series, simply because I cannot possibly wait until September 2018 to finally see how they filmed it into the tv series’ Season 4. Detox time – I needed to read other stuff and not think about my Scottish hero for a while. The Nix was next on my list because I borrowed it from a friend, and to her it was the best book she read in a long time. She’s the reader of readers in my life, so I trust her on this!

And I understand now, because I am enjoying it so much.

2. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

I came across this post by a fellow blogger and wrote down most of the movies she recommends in it. I started with The Glass Castle and it was such a heartbreaking movie. When I realised it was based on a book, I immediately wanted to read it. I have a belated Secret Santa gathering coming up, so I put it on my wish list. Can’t wait to start on it after I finish The Nix! Here’s the trailer if you’re interested.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I need to make up for the fact that really I’m a philistine when it comes to classical readings. It’s time for me to tick some boxes. I’m getting more and more interested in modern classics, so I figured this would be a good start.

What I have been reading the past few months? Not a lot, mostly the Outlander series. Some recommendations outside of that addition: Room by Donna Donoghue. Make sure you also watch the movie afterwards. I also read The Woman in Cabin 10, which was also quite a nice page-turner. Not the best I’ve ever read, but definitely enjoyed it.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to continue reading The Nix 🙂 Have a good one!

love Indira

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