One of my goals in 2012 is to set aside a block of time each and every day to read and I don’t mean read blog posts, though I do love reading those…
Lately I’ve been squeezing in this favorite activity of reading “whenever.”
This “whenever approach” is not working for me very well of late. Therefore, as I pursue my personal challenge to find “balance” this year, I intend to block off at least one hour every single day no matter what to just read.
And I will not feel guilty, even if I go over my allotted reading time!
Before the month of January gets away from me and before getting back to all things cancer and such, I would like to utilize one more blog post to reflect a bit, this time on favorite books I’ve read during the past year, cancer and otherwise.
I’m pretty sure my family probably thinks I read too many cancer books and articles, but they’re rolling their eyes less and less, so I guess they’re getting used to the new me.
My fascination with reading all things cancer reminds me of the tried and true philosophy held by me and many educators which centers around encouraging reluctant readers to read by finding out what they are truly interested in whether it be history, dinosaurs, baseball, animals, insects or as in my case, cancer stuff. I’m not a reluctant reader and it’s not like I don’t enjoy reading about other topics, but cancer has definitely become a subject of primary interest for me for obvious reasons.
Another goal of mine this year is to update the breast cancer resource page on my blog more frequently as well as the grief resource page. I’m not sure if people ever look at those pages, but just in case…
So, I’m asking for input from you, my readers, on this. But we’ll get to that…
Now on to my “best read picks” for the past year… I know these aren’t new hot-off-the press books, but none-the-less they are my picks since I read or re-read them recently.
In the non-cancer category, my favorite read this past year has without a doubt been The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I literally could not put it down once I got started. It happens to be of my favorite genre, memoir, so that might have had something to do with it. It’s a wonderfully honest account about growing up in a dysfunctional family that was anything but normal, but does anyone really have a normal family???
I’m excited to read her next book, Half Broke Horses, which happily I received for Christmas.
In the cancer category, I’ve read some really good ones (please visit my resource page for a list of a few of them), but if I’m going to narrow it down, the two I’d have to pick are Pink Ribbon Blues by Gayle Sulik. And Being Sarah by Sarah Horton. It’s no surprise I personally reviewed them both here on my blog, so please take a look at my posts on each if you’re interested in learning more about these two great books. They are both must reads in my opinion.
In the grief category, a book that I really loved although it was difficult to read is Robin Romm’s The Mercy Papers. It’s a memoir about breast cancer and loss. Parts of it are gut-wrenchingly sad to read, but so worth it. I really like this book because it covers two topics I’m passionate about – breast cancer and losing a loved one to breast cancer. I love the raw honesty this author delivers about the reality of these two topics. I know one reads such words as raw honesty on book jackets all the time, but in this case they fit perfectly.
I have quite a few new books to get me going in 2012. Here are a few of them and over half of them are not about cancer!
Another one on my list for sure in the cancer category is The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee. The title alone fascinates me.
Finally, what I’d really appreciate is hearing from you, so hopefully some of you will share your favorites here…
I intend to add some of your suggestions to my own to read list and also to my resource pages, so thank you in advance for sharing your favorites.
Feel free to share in any or all categories below….
What is your favorite “cancer book” you’ve read recently? Or not so recently for that matter?
What is a favorite book of yours on loss or grief?
And just for fun, what’s a favorite book you’ve read recently in any category?
Finally, do you set aside time each day to read?
Thanks for sharing and happy reading!