I love to read and I've made my goal for this year 75 books. Last year I did not read enough books to suit me, so hopefully I can reach this goal. I don't really have a favorite genre, I kind of read all over the place. If someone tells me a book is good, I will typically give it a shot. Probably the genres I am least likely to pick up on my own are mysteries, nonfiction, or chick lit, but there have definitely been exceptions. Currently, I am reading Something Borrowed for this class. I am involved in just one book club, but hopefully when I have more time, I will join more. An entire wall of my house is dedicated to books, stacked two deep and piled on top of one another. Going off of Ms. Cataldi's example, here are a couple of lists:
* Top 5 books I read in 2016 were (in no particular order):
1. Up From the Sea- Leza Lowitz (a young adult novel written in prose telling the story of a teenage boy who survives Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami).
2. The War That Saved My Life- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (this children's book tells the story of foster children during World War 2; it is a lot better than it sounds!)
3. Where Things Come Back- John Corey Whaley (another young adult novel; this one centers around a boy whose brother goes missing and ultimately how we are all connected)
4. Landline- Rainbow Rowell (by far my favorite Rainbow Rowell book; a married couple facing troubles uses the past to reconnect).
5. Room- Emma Donaghue (the movie was okay, but the book is captivating, mostly because it is told entirely from a little boy's perspective)
* My Top 5 ALL TIME FAVORITE Books/Series (if I'm forced to choose):
1. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
2. Tess of the d'Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
3. Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen
4. Harry Potter series- J. K. Rowling
5. 1984- George Orwell
Here is a link to my personal reading profile via Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6859622-melissa