Happy New Year Friends!
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do make a wishlist of places to visit and books to read. I don’t have these lists fully specified at the beginning of a year. They evolve over time. If you are an avid reader as I am, you might like to see my 2016 reading list at the end of this post (my favorites are in bold).
Are you an avid reader?
A few months ago I read a very depressing statistic. A third of people in Slovakia don’t read books. For me, that’s just unimaginable. And another fact from that article was, that from those who read, most of them buys only one or two books a year. It’s true that you don’t have to own a book to read it, but reading and buying often goes hand in hand. People who read a lot also value books and buy them for themselves or as presents for other people.
I don’t find as much time for reading as I used to. A number of books I read correlates with seasons. In summer I read less because I spend more time outside, exploring new places, meeting with friends and traveling. On the other hand in colder months I like to curl up on a couch with a cup of coffee or tea and a good book. And for a good book I’m willing to sacrifice my sleep.
Owning and Sharing Books
There were times when I wanted to own all the books I read, but in the last few years, I changed my mind. The biggest reason is that we live abroad and I just cannot imagine moving a big bookshelf between countries. I also realized it makes sense to keep only books I would read again. And even those I can borrow from a library.
The great source of random books which might surprise you are bookshelves where you can leave the books you don’t want anymore, and take whatever books you’ll find there. I found few of these bookshelves in Brussels and left (and borrowed) some books from there.
These days I only buy books I cannot find in my local library or books I want to keep. I prefer to buy used books, and if the book wasn’t as great as I though it will be, I give it away. It might be a perfect read for someone else. I keep only titles I will read again or would recommend (and lend) to a friend.
My 2016 Reading List
Most of the books I read in 2016 were in English, with occasional foreign book translated to Slovak and a few books from Slovak authors. I also read one book in written in French which is a huge accomplishment for me. Even though my French is still limited, there’s a new French book waiting on my bookshelf.
So here it goes, my 2016 reading list (books in bold are the best ones):
Killing rain by Barry Eisler
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Lee Harper
Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
Redbeast by Jo Nesbo
A Spy by Nature by Charles Cumming
A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankel
Murder Takes the Veil by Margaret Ann Hubbard (I read it in French)
Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
Fiction by Slovak authors:
Som mama by Kristina Farkasova (only available in Slovak)
Laska je chyba v programe by Maxim E. Matkin (only available in Slovak)
A vráť sa po slabších by Silvia Bystričanová (only available in Slovak)
4 hour work week by Tim Farris
Why not me? by Mindy Kaling
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Smart Woman Finish Rich by David Bach
168 hours: You have more time than you think by Laura Vanderkam (my review)
The Art of Work by Jeff Goins (my review)
Nobody wants to read your sh*t by Steven Pressfield (my review)
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (my review)
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz (my review)
Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider (my review)
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
What was on your reading list last year? And which books are waiting on your bookshelf to be read in upcoming months? Share in the comments section!