I saw a post recently from Kalyn Brooke at Simple Solutions to Managing Everyday Life about how she managed a reading goal of 40 books a year, which averages about three books a month. This seems like a great new resolution for the year and manageable. I want to do a better job of dividing my reading into 3 different genres instead of reading all biographies or autobiographies which I tend to read the most. I tend to sprinkle in a little self improvement from time to time because we can always use improvement.
Now into the New Year of 2018 I’ve decided to follow Kalyn’s lead. Here’s my February month of reading.
- Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden. I I will categorize this book into my biography/autobiography genre. This book was a hard to put down. I bought it on Audible and I had a copy from the library as well. I am a Joe Biden fan since I wrote him and his wife Jill in 2015 about having a son in the military and they promptly responded back to me with a letter of hope and appreciation. They’re not a typical politician family, they’re real and walk the walk of family challenges and they’re willing to have the courage to share their struggles. “Promise Me, Dad”, on Audible is narrated by Joe Biden. Listening to him is like sitting across from him in a cafe and having a cup of coffee. He is very natural and his voice conveys passion for his story. The story chronicles Joe’s oldest son Beau Biden’s diagnosis of cancer in 2013. Joe threads his political life with family traditions, hope and dreams in the wake of dealing with a life threatening illness. This is a rich book chock full of the values that a family is faced to continue to weave into a very difficult time of life.
- The First American Daughter, by Stephanie Dray an Laura Kamoie This is my fiction genre book for the month. It’s historical fiction. I’m a history fan and it takes a slight detour with fictional details to spice up the story. I’ve never read anything by these authors but I definitely would again because of their descriptive and detailed writing. The story is of Thomas Jefferson’s first daughter, Patsy Jefferson. This book takes you in time before Thomas Jefferson’s wife passed away and demonstrates his love and devotion to her and his country. After his wife’s death Patsy takes on the role as Jefferson’s personal assistant and traveling companion. She is the ever constant advisor to her father whether he likes it or not. I’m not finished with this book but it is fascinating the way the authors managed to weave historical facts and fictional pieces to provide an easy read as well. 3. On Writing Well by William Zinsser. This book was recommended to me last year by a colleague I worked with in the Writing Center who teaches English. He uses this book as a resource for his students and believes that anyone who wants to write regularly or for a living should have this book as a reference in their library. The book is for nonfiction writing. It has been around for decades and has all the nuts and bolts, do-not-do in writing tips and examples of good writing. I’ve just picked this book up an I have to say it’s not a read in a couple of weeks. It is a little dry in spots and I will use it like my friend says, as a resource and use as needed. Hope you might take a peek at one of my book choices and in any event have time to just pick ONE book up this month! Thanks again for stopping by. I have more projects in queue with our new house reno so stay tune…