My mom is an absolutely voracious reader. Growing up, I remember watching her plow through Ann Rice's vampire stories and the latest murder mystery novels that hit shelves. She'd pick up a copy of the latest book and have it finished by the end of the week. She'd be cooking up some dinner from one of her trusty cookbooks and have Interview with the Vampire right next to it... I'd try to sneak glances and catch a paragraph or two before she caught me - she'd scold me for reading something that "wasn't for kids," tell me to stop dipping my fingers in the mashed potatoes and "go finish your homework." I take after my mom. I read quickly, plowing through book after book after book. It doesn't take much for me to get completely lost in a good novel or captivating memoir. This past year, I didn't read as many books as I had hoped - it ended up being a busier year than we ever imagined. And between the birth of this baby (that refuses to come out... I'm going to be pregnant for eternity, I swear) and writing my own first book, I'm not sure I'll have a lot of time to read this year, either. But there are definitely some books on my list that I'd love to tackle in 2013. A couple of them are being published during the year, but most of them are books that were popular in 2012 that I never got around to reading.
Here's my list:
- Wild: From Lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. // Everyone says I'll love this one, and I'm a sucker for a great memoir. It's been on my list for a while, and now its at the top of the list for the new year. I'm going for it.
- A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers. // If it's written by Dave Eggers, I will read it. He's one of the most brilliant writers of our time.
- How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto by Eric Asimov. // Written by a New York Times wine critic, he explores his favorite vineyards and wines, while explaining the "wine culture" and how to overcome the anxiety of loving wine, but not knowing anything.
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. // Yes, I know. I KNOW. I need to read it.
- This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers. // I'm always on the hunt for new and creative kids picture books to add to our ever-growing library. I flipped through this one at Barnes & Noble and decided I need to pick it up and start reading it to Rowan.
- Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist. // Shauna is one of my favorite faith writers of all time. After devouring her first two books, I can't wait to get my hands on her third. This is probably the most anticipated book for me in 2013.
- Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson. // This book sounds so interesting to me. Exploring the history of everything from the development of the knife to the use of a whisk, it explains a lot of how our food culture has been shaped.
- Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel. // As a general rule, I try to avoid parenting books. I admit - I'm skeptical about this one. But, this book has come so highly recommended by moms that I trust & admire, that I'm willing to give it a read.
- NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. // I've had this one on my list for a while, too. It's much more of a research-based book, explaining why so many parenting philosophies and practices are backfiring. It's a bit heavy on the sociology & explores the missing science behind nurturing kids.
It's a wide variety of books - novels, memoirs, sociology, parenting, food... I'm an equal-opportunity reader.
What about you? Any books on your list that you're excited to read? Any new books coming out in 2013 that I should know about?