My to-read list

I’ve got some good news and some bad news.

The good news is I finished reading another book today. It’s the second one I’ve read this month.

The bad news is I am still three books behind pace of my goal to read two books a month this year.

What better way to plan how to catch up than to list the next five books I plan to read?

My to-read list is just one of three purposes for this post.

The second is to complete today’s WordPress Discover prompt, which is “list.”

The third is to ask others for additions to my list, which is after the jump.

1. All Over but the Shoutin’

Rick Bragg

I read a book of Rick Bragg’s columns, and I was hooked. It did not surprise me he won a Pulitzer. I was surprised when I found out why he resigned from the New York Times for journalistic reasons I won’t go into since this is just a list post, but by then I’d gone on a run to buy most of his books. I started reading this one first but put it down because life got in the way. It’s a good time to pick it up again.

2. Uncommon Type

Tom Hanks

A collection of Tom Hanks’ short stories, which all apparently include a typewriter. I am more than a little intrigued to see how an actor good enough to bring Forrest Gump (and plenty of other memorable characters) to life can weave a story of his own.

3. Sold on a Monday

Kristina McMorris

I got this book as a present along with another book I read this year. This story is set in the Great Depression. I believe it follows a reporter who takes a picture of some children who were put up for sale, much like the 1948 “4 Children For Sale” photograph, but I don’t know much else about it. I like historical fiction, and I usually go to Google after I read a historical novel to learn more about the subject so I’m ready to start this one.

4. The Man I Never Met

Adam Schefter

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter pens a memoir about his wife’s first husband, who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center terrorist attack. I heard about this book on Sept. 11 a few years ago, and bought it as soon as I could. I have been to the memorial at the site, and I wish I’d read it before I went.

5. Stars of Alabama

Sean Dietrich

I have read his columns, and still pass them on to people from time to time, but I don’t read them every day. I read his new memoir earlier this year, and I was impressed. It was well-written and well worth the read. I already know he’s a good storyteller. I’m ready to see what he does with a novel.

I’ve got a long way to go to get to my goal of 24 books read this year so I need ideas for other books to put on this list.

I welcome suggestions, because I’ve got a lot of pages to turn.

2 thoughts on “My to-read list”

  1. Casey:Good luck on catching up. I have never caught up and don’t intend to. I am hopelessly behind, so I jump from book to book. However, I manage to get through a good many. My list goes from theology to Louis L’Amour. I have read everyone of L‘Amour’s books (most of them three or four times depending on the book).But to the point! You had one on your list that appealed to me – Stars of Alabama. I now have it on kindle. I will let you know the outcome sooner or later. Have you ever read any if James A. Michener’s books. I have read everyone. They are all good but I highly recommend The Source. It is the history of Israel. I recommend it to people who do not want to spend ten years in school studying theology and the history of Israel (been there and did it). At present (among many other books) I am reading Michener’s Chesapeake.At any rate good luck on catching up.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll have to check those out. The history of Israel is interesting, but it’s nice to know I don’t have to spend the full 10 years studying it. Haha.

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