At the start of 2018, I asked myself if there was anything I wanted to do differently this year. Now, I’m not usually the kind of person to do resolutions, as I am of opinion that they aren’t really effective. However, I decided to make an exception for this year in order to step outside of my bookish comfort zone.
Somewhere in August, during my travels through Scotland, I read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi. This book, this beautiful emotional book, proved to be one of my favorite and most memorable reads of 2017. And it got me thinking: ‘When was the last time I read a non-fiction book?’ Truthfully, I couldn’t come up with an answer because it was THAT long ago.
Frankly, I was a bit disappointed in myself. Not that there’s anything wrong with what I read… I love YA fiction and all kinds of fantasy books, but I always pride myself on being open to reading anything and somehow I got stuck in my ways and never really stepped out of that comfort zone in very really long time.
Time for a change! Now, I’ve already made a headstart in changing my reading habits by reading Dutch books again (a lot of which are non-fiction). You can read all about how that came about in my previous post. But, in addition to this, I made a list of books I was interested in reading and the goal is to have read these books by the end of this year. The point is not to stop reading fantasy books or young adult fiction, but I just want to read books that I normally wouldn’t read or are easily overlooked.
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi – Autobiography/Health (read my review of this book here)
- Thanks, Obama by David Litt – Autobiography/Politics (recently finished this, full review to come)
- The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace – Poetry/Feminism
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – Poetry/Feminism
- Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart by Donald McRae – History/Medicine
- Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin – Biography/Politics
- Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist – Fiction/Travel
Now, this is where you come in! I would like to have YOUR input to make the list a bit longer. What do you think would be a book outside my comfort zone? AND what books would you recommend to me?