After reading a measly 12 books last year, I've really been making an effort to spend some quality time with more books this year. I truly love reading. I daydream about vacations where I can just sit around in a lovely exotic place and read book after book after book all the livelong day. And yet, as much as I know I love it, I always seemed to struggle when it came to fitting quality book time into my everyday life. So this year, I started keeping a Reading Wish List board on Pinterest and a notebook on my nightstand to track all the books I read in 2013. I try to squeeze in little 10-minute breaks throughout the day and read a few pages here and there, but my favorite time to read is right before bed. It's the perfect way to ease the day's stresses and distractions and prep my mind for dreamland. Here are a few of the books that have been living on my nightstand lately.
Chelsea Chelsea, Bang Bang
From the book: "My boyfriend is similar to a large toddler, the only difference being he doesn't cry when he wakes up. He's very animated and has lots of energy and wants to exert it all at the same time on a variety of activities, which can be incredibly annoying. Coming from a family that specializes in making plans that will most likely never materialize and then being so exhausted from the prospect of an actual outing that we all have to take a nap doesn't really prepare you for the type of person who gets excited by a tide change. Plus, he's twenty years older than me, which makes his behavior even more suspect."
A Place of Yes
From the book: "Do each thing you do to the best of your ability. Be passionate and committed, and go for yours. It's the only way to get your life moving. It's how I popped out of obscurity and into the life I wanted."
The Gravity of Birds
From the book: "Alice sank back in the chair, her spine settling into the familiar curve there. Could she hate her own sister? Wouldn't that make her every bit the monster she accused Natalie of being? She remembered Thomas's attempted warning and the way she'd cut him off, refusing to hear anything negative about her family. It was one thing to number their faults in her own head, quite anther to listen to an outsider recite them."
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
From the book: "The common depiction of Jesus as an inveterate peacemaker who 'loved his enemies' and 'turned the other cheek' has been built mostly on his portrayal as an apolitical preacher with no interest in or, for that matter, knowledge of the politically turbulent world in which he lived. That picture of Jesus has already been shown to be a complete fabrication. The Jesus of history had a far more complex attitude toward violence."
Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Foods That Love Me Back
From the book: "Eager to eat it, I placed the chocolate on my tongue, and then I closed my mouth. Solid and liquid at the same time, melting on the corners of my teeth, the chocolate filled my mouth with its sensations. Bright with darkness, no bitter patches, smooth and slowly dissipating. My tongue probed around it, trying to find all the tastes. And there was time, because good chocolate takes long minutes to melt. But soon, too soon, there was only a tiny bit on the tip of my tongue, and then it was gone."
As you can see, I usually like to mix it up with my books but I'm kinda in the mood to read a good series next. Something I can really get into. Any suggestions?