Before Caitlin was born I read like a mad woman. I always had a book in my hand. I had favorite authors and kept my eyes and ears tuned to finding great new reads. What happened? 11 years after the birth of my first child I can’t even choose a book for myself anymore. My reading during these years consisted of parenting, how-to and simple living books. The only fiction I can remember enjoying is the Harry Potter series and Memoirs of a Geisha. The former was prompted by Greg and Caitlin’s incessant pleas to join in on the fun and the latter was a random book pick at Border’s in Santa Fe (what, 4 years ago?).
August, 2006 marks a change. I’m making a commitment to re-discover my joy of reading fiction. Our trip to the Oregon Coast earlier this month prompted me to check out two books at the library. Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Time Traveler’s Wife. I’ve finished both and loved both. Now my success is up to you! I need a booklist of good reads. I have 11 years of catching up to do so pick your brain and leave me some of your favorites.