One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more, and so far, I’m kicking butt. I set myself a goal on GoodReads to read 25 books this year. I’m pretty much half way through, and we’re half way through the year, so I guess I’m on track! Today, I’d like to share with you the books I’ve read the past few months. I like doing these posts to give people suggestions on what to read, and inspire people to read more! I used to not read a lot, but now that I have been I am getting addicted. Reading is good for the soul and brain, give it a go!
These two books were given to me by my sister. They are both for kids, but I really think adults can read YA or Children’s literature as well! They were quick and fun, and really helped me get farther in my 25 book goal.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Do you remember the book A Wrinkle in Time? This book is inspired by that. A little girl is given a bunch of notes telling her to write this letter in order to save her friend. There is friendship, first crushes, family, and best of all, time travel. I honestly couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next!
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This was such an interesting book. A bunch of people are given clues to figure out who murdered a wealthy old man. The winner gets his fortune! As the reader, we get to see everyone’s clues and figure it out for ourselves. It was fun to play along and see where the story would take us.
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
So I read A LOT of different genres. I had wanted to read Naked Lunch for years because the main character in The Perks of Being a Wallflower reads it. This book is confusing. I’m happy I read it, but I’m not sure I would suggest it. I do most of my reading on the bus, so it’s hard to have a book you really need to concentrate on. I’m sure if I could have talked it out with someone else I would have understood the book more, but I’m really not sure what was going on…
The Devil and Dr. Barnes by Howard Greenfeld
Here in Philly we have a museum called the Barnes Foundation. It used to be located in the suburbs, but due to a long and complicated story, it is now in downtown Philly. As a museum student, I really wanted to read this biography on the man himself, Dr. Albert Barnes. The book follows him from the very beginning, through his career as a chemist, an art collector, and then his death. It was interesting to learn more about who he was as a person, how he collected his art, and the relationships he had (or really didn’t have). If you’re interested in art I’d definitely recommend this. Now I need to go back to the museum soon!
The Spirit of Gin by Matt Teacher
So, I love gin. For my birthday, my lovely boyfriend bought me a bottle of gin and this amazing book on the history of gin, how it’s made, and gins across the world. The book is downright beautiful. The photography, as well as just the layout of the pages, it’s really on point. It was so interesting to learn how gin is made and the history. Makes gin drinking a very different experience. My favorite part was in the back. There is a huge list of gin distillers around the world. I have since tried a few new gins and can better understand why I like some and not others. Now I want to get a book like this on bourbon, my other favorite libation.
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