Hey there, everyone! So, I noticed that a lot of people posted their 2015 Reading Goals and Challenges as a part of the Top Ten meme from The Broke and the Bookish. I didn’t post one because – well – I didn’t think I’d have any real goals. I put my 2015 Reading Goal on Goodreads as 60 books, but between work, classes, and an internship I’ll be lucky to even crack open a book within the first five months of the year. So far, I’m on track with reading, but that will most certainly change once the semester really gets started and I have tons of papers, projects, and internship hours to complete.
As I’ve been reading, though, I noticed something. I haven’t read any real, good adult literature lately. I read 75 books last year and only two books could be considered thought-provoking and meaningful adult literature: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. These were actually both fantastic books (I believe I gave both of them five stars), but I find myself wondering why I didn’t read more substantial books last year. I love middle grade and YA books – that’s largely what I read. I read a few Christian Fiction and Romance books, too, that could be considered “adult” fiction, but I read those genres so often that I don’t really considering them true adult literature. They’re great books, but they’re not the books that everyone is talking and raving about, you know?
Does that make sense or does it sound downright stupid? At any rate, my ONE goal for this year – besides (hopefully) reading 60 books – is to read at least five “grown up” books. One of which has to be a classic of some sort. And, luckily, I already have them planned out! So, here are my five grown up books that I plan on reading this year!
1.) Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
I've actually been eyeing this book for a while and I've finally decided to add it to my TBR pile. I was at the bookstore the other day and thought, well, I'll have no reason not to read it if I buy it now! So, I have my copy and I'm looking forward to reading this dual-time story. It sounds like it has a lot of potential.
2.) The All-Girl Filling Station Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
I first read Fannie Flagg in high school, when I chose to read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café for a term paper. I fell in love with Flagg's writing right from the start and her rich story-telling keeps me coming back for more. She published this last year and I definitely intend to read it this year. I can't wait to dive right in. If you love southern literature, or historicals, you can't go wrong with Fannie Flagg!
3.) At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
I actually hadn't heard about this one until I found it on Netgalley. I loved Water for Elephants, so I'm hoping this will prove just as satisfying. It's another historical and with an exotic location, I'm hoping for the best. Even if I don't get approved through Netgalley, I intend on getting a copy and reading it.
4.) Doll-baby by Laura Lane McNeal
You might remember this from one of my previous Top Tens. I've had my eye on this book for a while now. I'm a sucker for southern lit as well as coming of age stories and this one qualifies as both. It looks like it might be similar to The Help by Kathryn Stockett and, if that's the case, I'll definitely love it!
5.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
And this will be my "classic" choice. This is another one I've had my eye on for ages - and when I say "ages," I mean since - like - eighth grade. It's a coming of age story set in the early twentieth century and I'm eager to see what all the fuss is about! Plenty of people have raved about this and I truly hope I enjoy it.
And those are my five books! Feel free to hold me to them - I definitely hope to finish them this year! And I already have one out of the way! If you'd like to join in on this little challenge, feel free to do so. Feel free to even link me your posts if you do one similar or tell me what you "grown up" books you plan to read in a comment. I love suggestions and it would be interesting seeing what everyone has planned.