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Bookish Confessions: Just Read!

Okay, seriously folks, we’re a month into 2019 whether I am ready for it or not.  It being February in New England, it is cold, snow is on the horizon, and the greys and browns of the landscape are, well, blah and uninspiring.  Being the summer girl that I am, I don’t believe in waking up before it’s light outside and I would prefer to hibernate in my bed with a slew of good books surrounding me and a hot cup of tea in hand.  That being said, it’s the perfect time to tackle the TBR (to be read) list.

I entered 2019 in a kind of limbo state where I feel neither here nor there. This is reflected in my reading plan for the year:  I want to read ALL the good books out there… kind of like the person who comes into the library asking if we have any “good books” here.  In the past, I printed or downloaded all the reading challenges I could find (GoodReads, BookRiot’s Read Harder challenge, Classics Club challenge, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, etc) and charted my progress in both handwritten and electronic reading logs.  I had a crazy, convoluted reading schedule that involved reading many types of books at once at different times of day and sometimes in different formats.  In the infamous words of Susan Powter, “Stop the Insanity!” (insert gif)  I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO READ ALL THE GOOD BOOKS IN THE WORLD.  And, that’s a good thing really, because it means I won’t ever run out of good books to read.

This year, I pledged on GoodReads to read 100 books, and if they happen to coincide with any other challenges out there, great.  That’s it… nothing too specific. I will simply read books that appeal to me and can ease, excite or inform my mind.  Maybe this will be the year I learn to merely skim a “required” book  (like a book club assignment) when it doesn’t happen to rock my world.  Let this be my reading manifesto for year 2019.

Happy reading!


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Summer and the TBR List

Finally, it’s summer!  For the most part, all of our library book groups are on hiatus over the summer.  That means that librarians now have more time to read titles according to their whims and can start to tackle their toppling TBR (To Be Read) lists or piles.  Here are a few titles librarians at the Nevins Library can’t wait to read this summer:

Cover image for The crow trapEllen, Readers’ Services:

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Kirsten, Head of Reference:  Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

 

Cover image for Number one Chinese restaurant : a novelCynthia, Readers’ Services:

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (sequel to A Rising Man)

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

 

Cover image for Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBIAnne, Children’s Services:  One Summer:  America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Tracy, Readers’ Services:  By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benson Frank

Samm, Library Page:  The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Tatjana, Reference Services:  Killers of the Flower Moon

What are you looking forward to reading this summer?