I‘ve always read incessantly, but until recently I have never kept a list of the books I so feverishly devoured. As an ardent list lover and book lover, I was thrilled to stumble upon a site called Goodreads–why didn’t I think of that! If you haven’t yet discovered it for yourself, Goodreads is a virtual bookshelf offering bibliophiles myriad reviews, author bios, lists, and my favorite–an app that lets you set your yearly reading goal, then keeps track of the books you read with a neat little graph displaying your progress. It’s like the library summer reading program from my childhood, only my prize is an infinite wealth of words and stories instead of a crappy paper kite or rubber bouncy ball–though I must say I loved them at the time!
So, what’s on my Goodreads bookshelves?
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant – Historical fiction being my literary love, I truly soaked in this story set in an Italian convent in the 16th century. A young novice has entered the convent, and rather than adapt willingly into the life of a nun, she kicks and screams her way into intrigue and disruption that threatens to ruin the quiet life of the sisters.
10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea by Suzy Welch – I’ve been on a self help kick lately, and this book about making decisions truly lived up to its name. The book walks you through a decision making process that helps you look at the results of your potential decisions within a ten minute, ten month and ten year time frame.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – A haunting and mysterious tale set in post war Barcelona, this book delves into dark love and mysterious family secrets hidden in the pages of a forgotten book that bubbles once again to life’s surface. Loved the setting, loved the writing style and loved the story.
Be it Kindle, Goodreads or good old wood, what’s on your bookshelf these days?