I am a sucker for a free book. I’ll admit it. If you click on the sidebar of this blog and look at my “categories” column, you’ll see that I’ve got a long-standing habit of reviewing books in order to feed my free book habit.
(You might be wondering if I’ve ever heard of a place called a library where I can get all the free books I want. Yes, I’ve heard of it, and the town in which I live has a really good one. I plan on stopping there today, in fact.)
It occurred to me that it’s been quite a long time since I got to choose most of my own reading material, as reviewing comp copies of a book means I am willingly placing myself on the book promotion timetable of an author or publisher. I don’t mind, because I really enjoy being a part of the conversation surrounding a new book when it releases.
But as a result, I haven’t spent much time reading what I most want to read. To give you an idea of what happens when I choose my own reading adventures, I took some time out from reviewing last fall to read two books about genetic issues in the Jewish community.
Here’s my current reading list – not a single review copy in the mix:
- The Gospel of Ruth by Carolyn Custis James – I’ve read this one before, but am going through it again in preparation for a Bible study in which I’ll be participating this fall.
- How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage by Milan and Kay Yerkovich – At the suggestion of a friend, my husband and I are reading this one together. We’re about a third of the way through the book, and its provoking some new insights for both of us.
- Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel by Joy Jordan-Lake – I must have seen this title mentioned on one of those “free for your Kindle” lists or twitter feeds somewhere. I finished it recently, and commend this coming-of-age story to you. It told the truth, which is the mark of well-written fiction.
- The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – I’ve avoided this book like its covered in poison oak because of the subject matter, but decided it is time to woman up and dig in. I’ll let you know how I fare.
- Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup – I think this memoir has a particular message for me at this moment of my life, and I’m anxious to start this title this weekend.
- Pilgrimmage Into The Last Third Of Life: 7 Gateways To Spiritual Growth by Jane Thibault and Richard Morgan – Because this topic just won’t let go of me.
What are YOU reading this summer?