One of my favorite things to do is read. I remember being a kid, sitting on my bed with books scattered everywhere, completely immersed in a good story. I read everything – Sweet Valley High, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Ramona Quimby, Superfudge, Stephen King books, Nemesis (my first Isaac Asimov book).
These days, it’s harder for me to find the time to read as I did back then. Too many things pull me away from my books whether it’s something to do for work or simply the pull of Facebook. Summer break and a forced convalescence have given me back some of that time. I’ve been able to actually enjoy reading again. I’m back to reading everything, but this time, I have a small goal. I want to read Pulitzer Prize books. For the next few weeks, I’m still reading my other books, but I’m throwing in a Pulitzer Prize one. I figured I would be able to get through the ones from the past decade so here is my list:
2017 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
2016 – The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
2015 – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (I’m reading that one now)
2014 – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2013 – The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
2011 – A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan
2010 – Tinkers by Paul Harding
After that, I may do a theme reading. Remember all the characters from A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? That would be a good theme – reading the books those characters were based on. We shall see. The nice part is that I can read without feeling as if I need to take notes which is refreshing.