A few years ago my dad asked me how many books I’ve read in my lifetime. I laughed and told him it was impossible to say for sure. Words are like oxygen to me.
“Well, can you make a guess?” he asked.
A pause in the conversation.
“Would you write down every book you read for the next year?”
Just like that a family tradition was born. At the end of every year I email the list of books I read to my parents. Once or twice they’ve shared their lists with me as well. Sometimes they’ve recognized stuff they also read that year, but most years I seem to find authors that they aren’t that familiar with.
This year dad had an additional request:
“Blog about what you read!”
He wanted me to add Amazon links to every single book in this post so that I’d make a little money if anyone decides to purchase one of them through my affiliate links. Instead I’ve decided to only provide links to the stories I really loved. For privacy reasons I am not including the books I read for the site I write reviews for. If you were to add them to this list it would be about twice as long.
Longterm readers may notice similarities between this list and what I recommend every week Suggestion Saturday.
Mary Oliver “A Thousand Mornings” (poetry)
Etta James “Rage to Survive” (biography)
Sharyn McCrumb “The Ballad of Tom Dooley” (fiction)