2017 Book #1

NightNight by Elie Wiesel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first read this book, back in 2005, I didn’t have near the same life experiences. I was pregnant with my first child at the time, but I didn’t yet have the intimate knowledge of being both a child and a parent. In reading this book now, I found myself viewing the story in the eyes of my son and our relationship. What would it be like to be separated from him in such a terrible experience? What would it be like to watch him be tortured or have him watching me suffer? My eyes have been reopened and my heart aches in a whole new way.

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2017 Book Plans

Now that I’m solidly into a pattern of reading, I’m finding that I’m able to meet my original goal of 5 books per month. Audiobooks are 80% of the reason behind that. Either way, I’ve needed to up the ante a little bit for 2017 and add not just the 5 monthly Book of the Month Club picks but also previous picks from Oprah’s Book Club and the Kindle First book I chose.

In theory that means I should be averaging a goal of 7-8 books per month. Oprah’s Book Club isn’t as simple as monthly picks, so some months I’ll have none from there and others I’ll be swimming in 8-10 selections from her club alone. I doubt I’ll be in a position to run out of books in any month this year, because I still have all the backfill from 1996-2016 for OBC and 2015-2017 for BotM to sift through. When that time does come (ideally it will), then I have a handful of 100 Best lists I want to work through as well. Again, I don’t see those happening until 2018 at the earliest. We’ll see.

For now, the widgets on the right will display the books I’m currently tackling (sometimes one at a time, sometimes a plethora) plus the current month’s collective lists (BotM, OPC, KF). When we get to the point that I’m tackling the 100 Best lists, that may change. I haven’t yet decided how I’ll tackle those once I get there. Either way, the monthly list would always stay, as BotM would continue to throw 5 new titles at me every so many weeks.