Goodreads asked the question in a public forum “what books should everyone read this year?” As authors and readers chimed in, here’s a list of 41 extracted. They include classics to recently released books in different genres.
Don’t worry if you can’t get through them all. Just keep the list as a yearly reference
Retirement: The Journey and The Destination is a guide to help readers in their twenties, thirties, forties, and fifties learn and appreciate the key considerations that should direct the process of planning for retirement so their preparation will not be fragmented, lopsided and insufficient.
Spending time alone is one of my absolute pleasures. I’m sure I’m not alone. You may also like to do that as well. A few years ago I shared that I had some planning to do and decided on a whim to jump into my car and drive to the beach. A few hours later, I had mapped out plans for my top goals for the rest of the year! yea! I left feeling totally satisfied to get things done! What seemed like an drilling exercise turned out to be quite productive, in a serene atmosphere.
Jo Chunyan shared a list of things do alone. I decided to pull my top 15 to share.
Journal. Write up a list of things you would love to do. Declare your dreams and intentions or simply empty out all your thoughts into your notebook.
Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind,
How do you get your child to read? Popular question 21st century parents ask. It can also be extended to adults. Booklovers find themselves lost in books facing curiosity for the reason many defy reading as avidly as a decade ago. Too many distractions most say. Parents have it the hardest especially during the era of virtual games. But as far back as my own family’s history, I can think of my uncle who was a school principal, I received books on birthdays and holidays. Didn’t like it at the time but appreciate it in the years that ensued.
So, parents there’s hope. Here are 13 ways booklovers shared to spark that fire.
Don’t be a nag
Read more yourself. Children live what they learn
Limit screen time from early
Read stories to them
Make bookstore visit a habit
Let them pick books of their choice
Dramatize characters. Make them come alive
Watch movies on books of real life events then let them decide which is better – book or movie
Display books around the house – Easy access.
Make reading a habit
Read books with exciting stories, then visit museums for visual effect
Share amazing stories and when they ask what’s next, let them read the book for themselves
Lead by example
Any points missing that you would like to add? Do share. We would love to hear.
Do you think of retirement as a dead-end road to the Departure Lounge of life? Think again! Retirement, A New Adventure is full of ideas how to live an active, fun and enriching life in retirement. There are things to do, skills to learn, new technologies to embrace, people to meet, places to explore. What sets this book apart is the stories it provides from real life experiences of the author and others; stories that range from silly to serious, revealing how satisfying life in retirement can be.
As I look over the circus of things I like, I realize that though I enjoy them and they bring me satisfaction, I find myself not doing them as much and in some cases at all. For over two decades I have been caught up in work, work, work. So this prompt helped me pull away and ponder the things I once enjoyed, or get to enjoy on a rare occasion.
But even as I finalize the list I realize that life’s not promised, so I intend to start doing the things I like and stop leaving them for …one day soon.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~Ursula K. Le Guin
We have all had our favorite books that we have read from a young age. Some have left an impact on our lives. On a B&N public forum, a reader asked “What Book has stayed with you long after you’ve read it?” Fellow readers poured in with responses. Here I share a few that may prove worthwhile for your vacation, getaway, or a mid-summer night’s read.
Man’s Search for Meaning
We Were the Lucky Ones
The Book Thief
Before I Fall
The Lovely Bones
It Ends with Us
The Lovely Bones
One Hundred Years f solitude
We Were Yours
East of Eden
The Savage Song
To Kill A Mockingbird
A History of Loneliness
Tell Me Your Dreams
The Art of War
The Graveyard Book
The Water Stone
The Night Circus
Gone With the Wind
Crime and Punishment
The Power of Now
A Little Life
The Leisure Seeker
Tuesdays with Morrie
Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Kite Runner
We Were Liars
Does any resonate? Can you add your favorite or two that may be missing? Do share. We’d love to hear.
What’s your favorite place to read? That’s the question asked by Barnes and Noble. Many tuned as in Song replying in Harmony. My own favorite place to read is at the beach while listening to the quiet waves rippling ashore. Here I share excerpts of the hundreds who chimed in:
Barnes and Noble cafe
Bar or Brewery …
Anywhere, though I love the idea of sitting in a nook outside my room door
In my backyard on a sunny breezy day next to my cat and garden
Next to her
In a quiet cafe with a latte
Anywhere comfy and cozy
In the back of the car leaning against the front of the seat in front of you
By any body of water or fireplace
Library, with a mini table in front of me and hit chocolate
On a blanket in the sunshine
Anywhere and everywhere
Outside in the evening
Bed with the rain outside
In a quiet place
In a bay window
Camping against the lake
Did any resonate? Where’s your favorite place to read? Do share.
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