On Books

I’ve always been a reader.

In second grade, I got in trouble for reading a book under my desk instead of practicing my cursive “G”s.

On the weekends, I would go to bed and read a book by the fading light coming in through my window, when I was supposed to be asleep. I did the same thing in the early mornings. My parents told me it was bad for my eyes, but I just couldn’t put my book down.

I still do that, for the record. Get caught up in my reading when I should be sleeping. Except now I use a book light.

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But in the past few months, I’ve fallen out of the habit. I’ve gotten so caught up in everything else that I’ve forgotten to read. Really read. Sure, I occasionally happen upon a book that captures my attention. And I still read on planes, of course. But in everyday life, reading is no longer a part of my routine.

And for me to be me, that needs to change. Which is why one of my 101 in 1001 items is to read 101 books.

To keep track, I’ll be listing and reviewing all 101 books on Goodreads. The reviews may be as simple as assigning a number of stars, or I may write a full review. Depends on the book, not to mention how much I’ve gotten sucked into the next book. In general, I will award stars as such:

5 stars: Couldn’t put it down, would definitely recommend it to others

4 stars: Liked it and might recommend it to others, but not a favorite

3 stars: Meh. I enjoyed it, but not enough to whole-heartedly recommend it

2 stars: I read it, but it either wasn’t well-written or I didn’t enjoy it all that much.

1 star: Bad. Really bad. Though if I dislike a book this much, I’m probably not going to finish it anyways.

So feel free to follow along with my reading, and find some books that you’re interested in reading.

And even more importantly, feel free to keep the recommendations coming…I have at least 101 books to get through, after all!


  1. says

    I LOVE reading other people’s book recommendations. I’ve also resolved to read more this year. I’m generally a pretty avid reader, but I’d like to cut back on wasted time, like watching a so-so movie just because. And I think I’m off to a good start! I’m currently reading I See You Everywhere, and one of my favorite books of the past year was The Help.

  2. says

    Ahh, books. I remember those. I used to be an avid reader but now that I have a small child I can’t keep my eyes open long enough to read anything longer than a blog post or news article durring my very limited spare time. I hope to be that woman who always has a book in her purse again some day soon.

  3. Kelsey R says

    I used to get in trouble for reading when I wasn’t supposed to at school too! I also used the read under the dinner table while everyone else ate.

  4. says

    I also got in trouble for reading in school and I never really understood why.

    I’ve actually been doing more reading lately than I have for a while. A lot of it is fluff, but I’ve gotten into some deeper stuff, too. I added you as a friend on GoodReads so I can watch your progress. Hope you don’t mind!

  5. says

    Yayyy I can’t wait to see what your reviews are like! I also was an avid reader growing up… reading under my covers with a flashlight when I was supposed to be sleeping. Ha!

    Anywho, have you by chance read Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer? It is definitely one of my favorites…

      • says

        Hokay! So I’m copying and pasting this from Amazon.com b.c. i don’t want to miss anything or give anything away…

        “On April 15, 1906, two baby boys entered the world. One was born to a life of prosperity and ease, the other to a world of hardship and struggle. On different sides of the globe, they grew up — one shaped by a luxurious upbringing, fine schools, and a history he read; the other well tempered by war, slavery, and the history he was part of.

        William Lowell Kane, scion of a Boston banking family, and Abel Rosnovski, penniless Polish immigrant — one is gold, the other steel. Rosnovski is Kane’s ultimate adversary, while Kane Kane embodies everything that Rosnovski stands against. In their relentless battle, both men know that there can be only one victor — and one vanquished.

        Across three generations and around a rapidly changing world, their war rages unchecked, for the love of a dream, the loss of an empire, and the lure of a fortune.”

        Needless to say… it is AMAZING and I could hardly put it down!!!! And I’ve read it more than once.

  6. says

    I’m an obsessive reader too! One of my personal favorites is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Don’t bother reading a synopsis because it won’t do it justice. Just read it – amazing! Also, more recently, I loved The Help.

    • says

      I like it because you can share reviews/book recommendations, and get ideas for other books to read, too. You could just input books once you’ve read them and leave your “to read” list on Amazon. I think it is worth it!

  7. says

    We grew up without having a TV in the house, so I always got in trouble for reading when I was supposed to be sleeping, doing chores… doing homework! I couldn’t imagine why people wouldn’t want to read! School kills my reading goals, so when I have any time at all, I try to read -I’m a total nerd who carries around a book in her purse just in case I have a second of downtime to read!


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