When I was in college, I had no interest in reading books outside of what was required for classes. The very thought of reading something extra was overwhelming.

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Once I made the big move across the great state divide, I decided it was time to start reading again.

It had been years since I’d stepped foot into a public library. The first time, I had no idea where to start or what to look for when it came to books. The first month and a half, I just stumbled around in my search with little purpose and knowledge of the literature available.

Here are the first books I read:

  • The Hunger Games Trilogy- I never planned on getting hooked on this series. Since I had seen the movie prior to reading the b, I knew what to expect. The second book was the one that hooked me. I ended up purchasing the last book, because it was always checked out when I went to the library.
  • Life of Pi- Author Yann Martel is a fantastic storyteller. I loved this book.
  • The Great Gatsby-I read this book in high school as required reading. I couldn’t remember what it was all about, though I could remember some characters in the book. It’s a classic and always will be.

Then there came a time when I didn’t have any leads. My reading life was at a standstill. Determined, I Googled summer book lists. That’s when I discovered the GoodReads App. The GoodReads App., allows one to rate books they have read, comment on books and build a reading list. In the four weeks I’ve had the App., I have now built a list of 32 books to-read. Let’s just say it’s my new Pinterest.

A few books on my GoodReads to-read list:

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife- I’m currently reading, but just started Thursday. I got to soak up some of the beautiful weather and read more of the book today.


  • To Kill a Mockingbird- Like the Great Gatsby, I also read this book in high school, but cannot recall much about it. I’d like to soak up more this time around.  
  • The Storyteller- My mother is a Jodi Picoult fan. She’s loaned this book to me, and it’s sitting on my book shelf patiently waiting for me to finish the Time Traveler’s Wife.

I am now a fan of reading again, thankfully, I have a booklist that continues to grow each week. I can also navigate the public library without much assistance. Woohoo!

I want to know if you have read any good books lately? Why did you like those books? Comment below and I will add them to my reading list. Happy reading!

5 thoughts on “Bookworm

  1. I’m reading Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling right now and am loving it! Other favorites are The Messenger by Mark Zusack and Gone with the Wind! Are we friends on GoodReads? I’m going to make sure!

  2. Hi! I tried to post before so sorry if this is the second comment from me! I loved the Time Travelers Wife! I’m reading Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling and its pretty darn good! Some of my other favorites are The Help by Katherine Stockett, Gone with the Wind and The Messenger by Mark Zusak! Also, am I friends with you on goodreads? I’m going to make sure!!!

  3. Hi Jacqueline! Thanks for the suggested books. I tried to read Casual Vacancy, but just couldn’t get past chapter 3. I loved the Help, too. I have not read Gone with the Wind or The Messenger. I will definitely have to add those to my reading list. I saw your GoodReads invite, and I will accept today. Looking forward to reading your book reviews. Happy summer reading!

  4. Rachel Longan

    I just finished reading “The Fault in Out Stars” by John Green. It was an extremely moving book that makes you really think about life and realize yours won’t last forever. I highly recommend it!!

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