Last year I managed to read 12 books - my goal for 2015! This year I want to push myself a little further and goal myself for 25 books. I love snuggling up in bed and reading, but not only do I enjoy reading but it also helps my creative process. As a writer, reading new stories and introducing myself to new story structures helps refresh my own writing. On My Bookshelf will be a new series for the blog so that I can share what I'm reading with you guys in an effort to introduce you to new books you may want to read yourself. And please, let me know if you have any suggestions about what I should check out! To kick off 2016, I read Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple and Wild, a memoir by Cheryl Strayed.
Where'd You Go Bernadette was the first comedy I've read in awhile. It was a refreshing and easy read after I got through the beginning. The set-up of the novel is unique, in the sense that the chapters are made up of e-mails, letters and sort-of journal entries. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about it but once I got more into the story I loved it and got through it fairly quickly. I would read this if you're looking for something light and fun to read.
Wild was essentially the complete opposite of Where'd You Go Bernadette and I loved every second of it. A memoir by Cherly Strayed, the book is about her personal journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I know absolutely nothing about hiking or camping, or frankly - anything that involves the outdoors. So this was interesting to read on so many different levels. The book was heartbreaking and Strayed remained brutally honest throughout the entire book without an ounce of fluff. I was entirely captivated throughout every page. I strongly recommend this book.
Up next...Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham! What are you currently reading? Any suggestions?