Like any good project manager, I like having goals that are very measurable, and I have a habit of turning hobbies as leisurely as reading into fierce sport (can you tell I don’t enjoy physical exertion?).For the past few years, I have been obsessed with Goodreads, the website where you can flag books on your wish list, see what your friends are reading, read reviews and see other recommendations based on your reading habits – like Netflix recommendations, but your algorithm can’t get screwed up when three of your roommates watch the Hannah Montana Movie on your account (I am looking at you, Ellen).
People often ask me for book recommendations, so I thought that it would be fun to share my reading list on here every month. I am also hoping that by sharing my reading goals, it will add the group pressure to stick to it. Currently, my reading goal for the year is 36 books, and I had planned on keeping a pace of three books a month (you can keep up with my 2016 Reading Challenge here).
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld: I look forward to every release by Sittenfeld, ever since reading Prep years ago. Although she has had some misses (Man of My Dreams was more of a nightmare), well written, light classics like American Wife keep me coming back.
- Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda: What words of praise can be said about Hamilton that haven’t already been said? And in case you were wondering, yes, I have memorized the lyrics to Guns and Ships.
- My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout: New release from Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kitteridge.
- The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck: Two brothers are the first ones to make the 2,000 journey down the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in over a century. Includes more fun facts than you could have ever dreamed of knowing about breeding mules.
Check back later in the month on my Goodreads page to see if I have been able to keep up with my May goal!