Today marks the 19th annual World Book Day and as an avid reader and former literature student, I want to talk a little bit about reading and give you some book recommendations. Since I was a child I loved hiding my head behind books. Visits to the local library were always a highlight and on our family vacations I would always take a big pile of books with me. It was only natural that I would study something involving literature and even long after university, books are still an important part of my life – even though I work in digital. I just love how books allow you to enter different times and worlds and get a glimpse of the lives and feelings of all these fictional or real characters.
Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.
– Nora Ephron
Apart from that I very much appreciate the smell and feel of books. Even though I do own a Kindle, nothing beats print. If I have read a book from cover to cover, you will definitely see it: the back will be cracked and dog-ears will mark my favourite pages. Only after it has been read, a book comes to life. I am also a collector of used books from flea markets or second hand book stores, a habit I definitely inherited from my Mom. The best thing about these old treasures are little pieces of paper hidden between the pages or meticulous notes made next to the text – little signs left behind by their readers. Coming to think of this, I might share some of my best flea market finds here on the blog soon.
For 2016 I plan to read at least 12 books. One book a month does not sound much, but reading time is scarce. I do not have long morning and evening commutes, so it’s mostly evenings, weekends and holidays that allow me to spend time with a book.
Currently my 2016 reading list looks like this:
- Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
- My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
- Carol by Patricia Highsmith
- M Train by Patti Smith
- The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
I already finished Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton, which I enjoyed very much, even though or especially because I have a hard time relating to an athlete. Currently I am reading Gloria Steinem. I got inspired to read it through Emma Watson’s “Our Shared Shelf” book club on Goodreads, and I am way behind. The three other books are in line and I am still deciding on the other 7 book I want to read. Any ideas?
I can always recommend these:
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
- Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
I could write a lot about each of these books, maybe I will, but at this point I will leave you to it. One last question though: were you reading a book today or did you think about a particular book you read? If yes, which one was it and how did it make you feel?