I read voraciously as a child–daycare teachers twenty years later still talk about how I would walk down the hall, reading a book. I read books during recess, was the first to fill my Book-It button, and had to get the birds-and-the-bees talk in second grade because I read above my grade level and my mom didn’t censor what I read. (I still stand by this parenting choice, even if that remains one of the most awkward conversations I remember having in my then-seven-year-old life.)
Somewhere along the way–maybe at the The College of William and Mary as a history and government major or at the University of Texas Law School–I lost that. I had a lot less control over what I was reading, pressure to read, deadlines for reading. Though I’ve been out of school for many years now, I never quite gained my momentum back. I nibbled, I snacked on books. But I didn’t inhale them like I used to.
Over the last two weeks of 2016, that changed. Suddenly, I had time on my hands, nothing to do, and my mother’s used bookstore credit to spend. I entered 2017 finally back where I started. Back to imbibing, inhaling, reading good books again. To keep me motivated, I decided to do a reading challenge…and then two…and then three. For 2017, I’m trying to complete the Book Riot #ReadHarder challenge, the Modern Mrs. Darcy #MMDchallenge (both for fun and for challenge), and the #PopSugarReadingChallenge.
My reading wheelhouses are LitFic, World War II Fiction (bonus points for WWII LitFic!), and narrative non-fiction. I adore well done magical realism. I enjoy a good YA, suspense, or SciFi/Fantasy palate cleanser when what I’ve been reading gets a little too heavy. There is very little I won’t read, though I find that if I stray too far out of my wheelhouse for too many books in a row, I crave the beautiful turns of phrase I find in something like Exit West or This is How It Always Is (leading the pack for Books I Can’t Shut Up About This Year).
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