Hi guys! I don’t know about you, but right now I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of books on my book list. I think I’ve mentioned this before but I keep a running list of books I want to read on my phone, and it’s so long right now! Definitely not complaining because this is a great problem to have.
I did a bunch of research on books that can fill in my prompts for my 2021 Reading Challenge, and I found lots of great ones! So I think I’ll finish my challenge a bit easier this year- last year it was a bit down to the wire. I honestly couldn’t decide which books to read this month because there are SO many good ones, but I think I came up with a nice list! The bookstore gift cards that I got for Christmas are really coming in handy.
I’m so much more open to reading different genres and obscure authors now, and I think that my reading lists are way more interesting and diverse than they ever have been! This year, when my gift cards run out, I think I want to start purchasing more used books as well. On Amazon there is usually an option to buy books used, and they’re a bit less expensive. Generally they’re not too worn, but I don’t really mind if they are. I love the concept of giving a book a new home, and there’s something special about having a book that’s been passed from hand to hand a few times- like every book has it’s own story. If you’re looking to save money on books this is a great option! Of course, there’s always the library, but I don’t know there’s just something better about owning a book that I can’t put my finger on.
Hopefully this list gives you some reading inspiration if you’re in a funk! If you still can’t find a great book to read, feel free to check out my many previous reading lists, or even message me in the comments and I will help you find a great novel!
This novel follows three women in Mississippi in 1962. Skeeter, who recently graduated from University and is puzzled by the absence of her maid Constantine once she returns home. Aibileen, who is devoted to raising the child she is hired to look after as a maid, although troubled by the death of her own son. And Minny, whose sharp tongue can only allow her to be hired by the town’s newcomer- who is hiding secrets of their own. These three, who feel oppressed by the confines of their own and position, come together to work on a covert project that will change their community forever. This book is sitting in our office at home, and it came to mind when I was trying to think of a book “that is yellow” for my challenge. It has amazing reviews, and was actually turned into a movie a little while ago, which I haven’t seen but I know it was nominated for at least one Oscar. Anyways, this looks like a really promising read!
Lord of the Flies
This was on my March reading list I think last year? I know that I was planning to read it but never did. This book is also very yellow, but it fits into my challenge because I need a book written by a Nobel prize winner. William Golding won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983, for his work in writing novels that highlighted the human condition. Lord of the Flies is probably his most well known book, and it chronicles what happens when a group of boys is stranded on a desert island together. How they organize themselves, survive, and change throughout the book should be very fascinating! I feel like it’ll be kind of like Animal Farm- short and to the point but full of insight into who we are and what we do.
The Light Between Oceans
This book is “set in Australia” and so fits into my challenge quite nicely! A soldier returns to Australia after serving for four years in the war, and brings his wife Isabel with them. They take up residence on Janus Rock, tending to the light house, where a supply boat comes only once per season. After their failed attempts to have a child, a boat washes up containing a dead man and an live infant, which Isabel desperately want to keep. When the child is two they go back to the Australian mainland- and find that they’ve devastated someone on shore. This looks like a heartwarming read and has a glowing review from Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, which I loved:) It’s not a super long book either, so I should be able to finish it in a decent amount of time!
That’s my list for the month! I’m just giving myself three books to read since it’s a short month and The Help is a bit of a longer book. I’m really excited for all of these! (when am I not).