What I read, and recommend

If you like to read, you have come to the right place!

Thanks to a runaway curiosity, I read books from every genre I can think of, and they’re all likely to make an appearance here. Russian/British/American classics, biographies of every stripe, literary memoirs, scientific tomes, 19th-century Children’s fantasy stories, great fiction of every kind…good heavens, it goes on and on. (And those are just from my personal stash.)

My only criteria are an interesting subject and really good writing. “Good writing” is, of course, a somewhat subjective term. But here’s the deal: I have been reading like a maniac since I was five years old – and that was a long time ago, thank you very much. That really shy, bespectacled kid in the corner, the one who got the nervous sweats when she was forced to go outside and play dodgeball with the other children? That was me. My best guess is that, in the years since kindergarten, I have read at least 3500 books.

Downside: I developed bad social skills, and I ruined my eyes. (Seriously. I’m practically blind without my contacts.) Upside: well, if you spend that much of your life consuming something, you tend to develop good taste buds.

My goal is to tell you about 1-2 books a week (among other things.) I’d better get cracking.


8 thoughts on “What I read, and recommend

  1. Hi Cathy,

    I go to Horizon and noticed this link on facebook from a mutual friend. Oh my goodness! I can’t believe how much you read!!! I’m actually kind of jealous…wish I were more disciplined in that arena. It’s just hard to know where to even start. Any suggestions?


    • Hi Heidi…I will be playing keyboard this coming Sunday, if you want to come up and say hi! I will be posting SO many book recommendations here…I plan to post another one or two this week. In the meantime, tell me what interests you and I can probably give you a couple of titles. Be specific. 🙂

      • Thanks, Kathy. I think I’d like to read some of the classics, but again, not even sure where to start…haha…I feel a little green. In HS I loved reading Jane Eyre. If I do read, I tend to read self help/Christian books. But, I also love biographies/autobiographies.

      • Okay, my favorite of the British classics is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. If you haven’t read that, you must. Also, I think you’d like “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I know, the name is awful, but the book is fantastic. It’s a 2008 book, but it’s set in the 1940’s and sounds like it was written then. I’ll be discussing it on this blog within the next few weeks, hopefully.
        Laura Bush’s biography “Spoken From the Heart” was great. It was just released this year. I’ll probably be covering that at some point, too.
        I could keep going all night…

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