Ramblings from the Stacks is a monthly feature here at the library where on every 3rd Monday I talk about the bookish things that bounce around in my head. At some point I will have a link here so you can go check out my previous Ramblings but today is not that day!
I love making lists and I have really been wanting some kind of reading list this year. I lowered my Goodreads goal mostly because I wanted to challenge myself more on the WHAT I was reading and not worry so much about the amount I was reading. I have done some more out of my comfort zone reading but I still feel like I want to make more of an effort to be more mindful of my out of comfort zone reading. But whenever I thought about it I felt like was just spinning my wheels and couldn't get an idea to really stick. The other day while listening to one of my favorite bookish podcasts, The Readers, I finally had my eureka moment. Someone had written in wanting a reading list for summer - the kind of list that they had gotten back in school. Now I'm not planning to do a summer reading list because the second school lets out and it gets above 90 my brain turns to mush and reading anything but romantic suspense and cozy mysteries just isn't going to happen.
So instead I'm doing a Back To School list! But, I realized that one of the reasons I tend to stick in my comfort zone is because I really don't know where to start in genres I'm not as familiar with. So I'm borrowing some inspiration from the Tell Me What to Read series and I hope you'll help me make some choices!
I've divided the list into categories that I know I want to tackle and have listed a few of the books I've thought of reading for each one. I'm also open to suggestions!
Middlemarch by George Eliot (904 pages according to Goodreads) - I read the Mill on the Floss in high school and loved it. I always meant to go back and read more Eliot but never did.
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (656 pages according to Goodreads) - I've never read Henry James but I've wanted too and I've heard that this is wonderful.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - I heard a really interesting podcast on Baum and how his career got started and I've always wanted to read this. I know it's very different from the movie so it might be fun to do a comparison.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - This one has been on my radar for YEARS but somehow I've never actually taken the initiative to pick up a copy.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne- This is one of those books that I had heard of before I really even knew it was a book and I just feel it's time I should read it. Plus, I found a really pretty copy at Barnes and Noble the other day.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - I know nothing about this book other than it's the first in a series and I've heard some good buzz about Rothfuss' books.
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey - I know Lackey is one of Lark over at the Bookwyrm's Hoard's favorites and I love fairy tale connected stories so this one sounds really fun.
So what do you think? Any suggestions? Books I simply must read? Do you plan on making any changes to your reading this year?