Years ago, when I subscribed to O, Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, my favorite feature was a monthly peek at a different celebrity’s bookshelf (or was it nightstand?). Winfrey is a powerful advocate of reading; when she likes a book, it becomes a best seller.
I love finding out what other people are reading, don’t you? When I find someone who likes the same types of books as me (and I’m eclectic), I hang on to his/her recommendations and refer back to them.
So, for your enjoyment, here are links to some of the reading lists I’ve saved during the last year or two:
- From Ernest Hemingway
- From James Radcliff
- From Ken Follett
- From Book Bub
- From President Obama, President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton
- For YA fans
- From Emma Watson
- From Suzanne Collins (mostly classics)
- From Strand Book Store
- For Christians
Have you ever picked a book off your shelf that you don’t remember reading, and after a few pages, realize is familiar? This happens to me over and over again. I don’t know if it is because some books are simply unmemorable (yet pleasant enough to read) or if I really am losing my mind as I grow older. To combat this, I try to keep a list of books I’ve read, with a brief summary. Some years I’ve been more successful than others. Occasionally I give up in frustration. When I worked for the Department of the Interior and used a Franklin Planner, I kept my list there. For a while, I kept a list on Facebook, but that meant I had to log on to Facebook to update it—too easy to get distracted. This year I started keeping track on ARHtisticLicense, on the Books Read page.
Have you ever thought of keeping a reading journal? If you are a writer, making notes on what you read can help you hone your skills.
What books have you read during the last year that you would recommend to others? Please share in the comments below.