Like many people, I wish I could “find” more time to read, but experience tells me that a yearly Goodreads challenge of about 30 books is a realistic target for me. Most of my “reading” is now audiobooks in the car, although I love my Kindle for long flights. I’m a huge fan of library borrowing, too: that decadent thrill of coming home with arms full of impulse picks!
So, although I know of bookworms who devour as much in a month as I have so far this year, here are some highly recommended recent reads:
The Smallest Thing
Released just this week, this second novel from author-to-watch Lisa Manterfield had me absolutely gripped. If you’re a writer, watch for the clever escalation of tension as fatal illness creeps closer to the teenage protagonist. It’s even inspired by true events!
The Ship of Brides
Could you leave your home and family to sail to the other side of the world to be with a man you’d married in haste, knowing you’d probably never return again? Thousands of Australian war brides did just that and Moyes captures their emotional journey perfectly.
The Twelve Week Year
Ack, I just can’t say no to a good book on productivity! This one really made me think about 52 weeks being too long a planning horizon, whereas biting off a 12-week chunk is more likely to result focus and achievable goals. Whatever you do, don’t forget the thirteenth week of rest and regeneration!
England! Ponies! Homesickness! Dunster grabbed me from the very first page in this charming, moving tale. Perfect for Anglophiles.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
This debut novel has already enjoyed huge success. Stuffed with bookish references (yay) it’s also a satisfying story of a struggling small town finding new hope. That’s a theme I always enjoy and, if I might add, partly why I wrote Saving Saffron Sweeting.
What books have particularly resonated with you recently? Do you set yourself an annual reading target?
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