Instead of doing a typical TBR list, I wanted to try something different. The idea came to me shortly after the news that sadly, author Harper Lee passed away on February 19th, 2016. Knowing her as most of us do, for her works “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the 2015 release of her follow up novel “Go Set a Watchman”, I instantly thought of my first time reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” back in high school. As a book lover, I’m a bit ashamed to say I haven’t reread Lee’s work many times, but I still remember the deep appreciation I had for her work. Knowing my memories of her words, the scenes, her message were faded from years of other distractions, I decided that I would finally make time to reread Lee’s works.
This inspired me to think of my future reading lists as something organic, not something that I’m assigning myself. If there’s a new release coming up and I’m a book behind in the series, then I might be more motivated to include the unread book in my to-read list for the month so that I can dive right into the newest release, but I don’t want my future reading lists to become predictable.
I want my reading choices to reflect how I’m feeling. I want to let what’s happening in my life draw me to the books that may hold answers (or just distractions) from the more stressful times, and affirmations during the times when I need that quiet reassurance.
A few days ago, I started reading “Before I Go To Sleep” which I mentioned in my January ’16 TBR list. The last couple of months have been slow reading wise, but so far, Watson’s got me hooked.
(Bonus–I’ll have a review of Holly Black’s Tithe up soon!)
Whether you make strict to-read lists or pick your books at random, what motivates you the most to pick up a fresh book? Do you reread your favorites often?