You know what my biggest problem is?
I don’t have enough time to read. #firstworldproblems
It was just the other day I was telling My Other Half that I could easily read novels as a full-time job. Forty hours a week of reading? No problem.
So often I am overwhelmed by all the wonderful books out there. I dream of escaping the real world and plowing through one amazing story after the next. I want to read all the classics, award-winners and popular books I see… but I know I can’t. It’s a harsh reality.
That’s why I began my annual reading challenge, so I could make sure I was focusing on the books I’ve been meaning to read for years. Since I started the challenge, I’ve finally gotten around to reading essential novels like The Color Purple, Animal Farm and Anne of Green Gables.
Having a set list to work through has helped, but unfortunately I just cannot keep up with all the brilliant new stuff being published. Not a week goes by that I don’t stumble upon yet another novel I absolutely must read.
Lately, there have been four particular books I can’t wait to get into. One of them, thankfully, is on my 2013 reaching challenge, but the other three are not… so I really cannot let myself read them until I’ve read all 12 books in my reading challenge or someone picks one of them as a book club book. (Help me out here, girls!)
This is the story of a young couple living as lighthouse keepers on an isolated island off the coast of Australia. After discovering they cannot have a child, a boat washes up on shore, containing a dead man and a healthy baby. Despite being honest to a fault, they ultimately decide to keep the baby as their own and name her Lucy. Later, when they rejoin society on the mainland, they discover their choice has ruined someone’s life.
First of all, I love novels about Australia (hence my obsession with The Thorn Birds). Secondly, lighthouses have a special place in any Nova Scotian’s heart. And thirdly, I love a good tragic romance and a good mystery…. so basically, this is the novel for me. It’s been raved about in reviews. Naturally, I cannot wait to pick it up.
This one almost made my 2013 reading challenge. When Nick’s young wife disappears on their 5th anniversary, a whole other world unravels, and the seemingly-perfect husband is suspected of murder. He sets out to prove his innocence, but his beautiful wife remains missing.
And I quote:
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
Psychological thriller? Murder mystery? Say no more. It helps that many friends have referred to this book as “unputdownable” and a “page-turner”. Our very own Catherine Kitts recently read it for her Books with Buzz series (review coming soon) and said it was expertly written. I have a funny feeling I’ll have no trouble getting lost in this story.
This was just put forward by Meghan alongside The Imposter Bride for our February book club pick. Ultimately we decided it would be too sad, but I still want to read it.
This is the true story of a mother and son who start a book club as the mother slowly dies from pancreatic cancer. They rediscover each other in doing so, and rediscover the power of books. Their favourite books reignite a love and understanding between them.
I know, it sounds horribly sad, but also lovely. No one likes to think of a loved one dying, but this is the story of a beautiful way to cherish the last days together. And, to be honest, it’s a book about books… and therefore right up this book club president’s alley. Don’t worry – I’ll keep the Kleenex nearby.
The one is on my 2013 reading challenge, thankfully. I added it at the last minute after Cat gave Sutton a poor review. I blame the Chapters Indigo marketing team entirely for my obsession with this novel. They sent me an email with the subject line “Your book club will love this.” It’s like they were speaking directly to me! I opened the email, did some research and found things like “the ultimate love story” and “the greatest romance since The Notebook“. The reviews on Goodreads were even more complementary – one hesitant male reader, who insists it is not a love story, referred to it as “the best book [he’s] read so far this year”.
Well, love story or not… Chapters Indigo had me with that email. I have a feeling this is going to be good – really really good.
What books are you dying to read? Comment below and let us know!