Monday, January 30, 2017

Good Reads for a New Year



What's that quote about insanity and doing the same thing over and over? 

Well, every year I sign up for the Goodreads reading challenge and you guessed it, never complete it. However, I think rather than being insane, this may be leaning towards optimistic and that's way nicer. Because most of my days lately involve sitting in front of my computer and the occasional stare out the window to the bundled up Parisians outside,  I've been thinking a lot about my relationship with reading, writing, and academia throughout my time as a student (mostly: what the hell was I thinking being back here again?!). 

I've always loved reading, it was a major asset for me in learning both English and French as an adult, but there's something about the academic obligation of writing that can make it such a turn-off. Do you remember procrastinating finishing a book for class only to read it for fun once the class was over and loving it? #allthetime. No offense to the insightful, lovely writers that fill my thesis torture (ahem, writing) days, but sometimes I wish I could kick back and read a made-up story instead with complicated characters in places far away. 

While I figure out how to read for research and pleasure, I do welcome anyone who hoped to read more this year to try the reading challenge. Goodreads is one of my favorite websites (and apps) to organize books I own, books I want to read, and I even organize my cookbooks on it with different shelves. You can see what your friends are reading, which is where I get most of my recommendations, and update your reading pace (in case you lose the metro ticket which you use as a bookmark). 

I am vaguely entertaining the idea of setting up a bookclub, so here are four books on my "to-read" shelf that I insanely or optimistically hope to read before the year ends:


Reading recommendations, as always, dearly welcomed.

{Photo taken by me, at Shapeskeare & Company, Paris}