Happy National Reading Month

Photo credit: Flicker Creative Commons user Tim Geers

Photo credit: Flicker Creative Commons user Tim Geers

March is National Reading Month. How do I know this? Amazon told me. They are also running a promo where you can get a kindle $20 off. This is brilliant marketing because I almost bought one (but my household already has 3).

The point here is less that you should get a kindle and more that it’s National Reading Month to promote and encourage reading. Also, I hate to shamelessly plug for Amazon but they have a lot of deals for the month.

I have loved reading for as long as I can remember and I regularly update my GoodReads account with what I’m reading and what I want to read. My want to read list is actually pretty useless at this point because it’s huge. I wish I could take a year off to just read all the books.

I also have a pinterest page devoted to lists of books to read in my lifetime. Equally daunting as the GoodReads list and my Amazon booklist. I’m actually doing a 52 book challenge this year and am even a little ahead right now.

But I digress. In honor of National Reading Month I thought I’d share what my favorite reads of the last year were. I’d love to hear what yours were too!

  1. It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
    This is a memoir of a girl who is over weight, loses the weight and kind of loses her mind. She then finds herself. It was pretty inspiring for me.
  2. Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness
    These broke my heart but also got my blood boiling. Do not read and then attempt to sleep. It won’t work.
  3. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
    This is not for the faint at heart. It is violent and heart wrenching but so satisfying in the end.
  4. Anything & everything by Tana French
    This woman knows how to write a murder mystery. I couldn’t put any of her books down.
  5. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    I loved how Diane wove all the different story lines together. It was so fascinating to see how all of the lives intertwined.
  6. I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith
    This was hands down my favorite book of the year. I should’ve put this at the top of the list but I pulled these chronologically from my reading list. I want to re-read it every time I see the cover. Just thinking about it makes me want to pick it back up.
  7. Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series by Laini Taylor
    I actually read the first two before but the third one came out last year so I re-read them all. These books are great because they’re an engaging young adult scifi that deals with some pretty deep topics all the while keeping you moving through the story.
  8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    This is a memoir is both laugh out loud hilarious and totally messed up horrific. It broke my heart and then cracked a joke.
  9. Anything & everything by Gail Carriger
    I know this is cheating to do it twice but Gail writes such entertaining steampunk. I just love everything she does. Plus, I follow her on Twitter & she’s pretty awesome there too. I read the Finishing School series this year but the Parasol Protectorate is also awesome.
  10. All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
    Behind I Am Livia, these are my next favorite reads. They’re fantasy but they’re smart. I really found myself attached to the characters and I could believe they were real, even though I’m not a big witch/vampire fan normall.

Last year I had a lot of series I read which is odd because I actually prefer to not have a series. Having said that, I’m just starting the Harry Potter books now (yes, I realize I’m like a decade behind). This year I hope to spend more time reading historical novels, memoirs and books on more current events. Plus I plan on reading every free book Amazon will throw at me.

What were your favorite reads last year? What are your reading goals for this year?

3 thoughts on “Happy National Reading Month

  1. Thanks for the list! Some of them sound like I NEED to get them right away! One of my all-time favorite books is Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. It’s the kind of book you have to read in a British Lit. class, so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it. A book I read last year and really liked was A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. It’s about a very dysfunctional English family, and there are parts that made me literally laugh out loud, and then parts that made me cringe. Great if you like British humor. Oh, this is the same author who wrote The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, but the books are very different, imho. Thanks for stopping in and reading and commenting on my blog. I too am glad to know I’m not the only one who can destroy technological stuff! Good luck with your new Kindle! :o)

    • Thanks for the recommendations! I really loved The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime so I’m excited to check that one out (already been acquired!). I added Mrs. Dalloway to my to-read lists as well. I enjoyed lit classes so I’m sure this will be up my alley. I appreciate you reading this and commenting here and BIG thanks for recommending books. I’m totally addicted to them & I get overwhelmed trying to pick out my next read on my own. I rely heavily on recommendations. 🙂

      • You’re welcome! I know, I get very overwhelmed with all the books out there! Btw, Spot of Bother is pretty dark in some places, just so you’re aware. I hope you love it! :o)

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