There are so many websites that post discussion ideas, blog post ideas, article ideas, photo challenges and the like during the week between Christmas and the new year that it’s sometimes overwhelming and hard to distinguish what is actually worthwhile.
One list in particular, however, caught my eye, so I’ve decided to pick up the gauntlet thrown and run with it for the month of January. One of the questions asked is what’s on my reading list for 2014. Most of the time I just pick up something that catches my eye as I browse the Amazon.com website or walk through Barnes and Noble, but maybe having a dedicated list isn’t such a bad thing. At least I’ll feel as though I’ve accomplished something concrete when I’ve read everything on the list.
The first book I’m going to read this year is the holdover from 2013. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan, which, according to the jacket, is “[a] rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way — for better or for worse — these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.”
Having been in-house counsel for a diamond company in my former life, I find myself fascinated by all things related to diamonds, so this book was a natural for me. I’m only about 100 pages in, but I am enjoying it thus far. The best thing about it for me? I can pick it up and put it down quickly, which is a must for any mother trying to read a book.
To find some more interesting books, I turned to the New York Times Book Review list of the top ten books of 2013. For the full list, including non-fiction, click here. In no particular order, the titles are Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and Tenth of December by George Saunders. Ernie Hemingway added The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, as well.
If anyone has read, is currently reading, or plans to read any of the above titles, I’d love to share thoughts with you.