I am making a personal challenge for myself to read at least 30 new books this year. At least 12 of these will be from my lending library and/or related to my work, and the rest can be just for fun. I keep track each year of how many books I read, and try to beat that number the following year. Last year’s was embarrassingly low, so I am trying to get back on track with a number I think that I can reach easily. Many years I have challenged myself with closer to 50. However, with busy children now, I don’t seem to have as much reading time as I once did.
The first book that I read was The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. This was one of the first movies that had come out where I hadn’t already read the book, so I knew that I would enjoy it. I was traveling to visit family over winter break after the holidays, which was a 5+ hour drive one way, so I borrowed the audio book version from our local library. I love to listen to books while I drive — it gives me something productive to do, and seems to calm down my kids as well. My 8 year old loves to listen along, so I make sure to pick out something that I can enjoy, yet is appropriate enough for her to hear as well.
I knew the basic story already, as I had seen the movie and enjoyed it. However, the book is different, and I kept listening to it, trying to figure out when it would tie into the movie. They took an interesting twist to change the story, that’s for sure. I can see why they did it each way, but most Nicholas Sparks movies follow the book plot pretty closely, so that surprised me. I enjoyed the narrator’s voice, which kept me sane during the 14+ hours I ended up spending in the car with my kiddos, and then finished the book once I got home.
I would recommend this book to anyone, in whatever form you enjoy best — audio book, hardcover, paperback, or Kindle version. I am looking forward to the new movie coming out soon, as I haven’t read that book yet. Maybe that should be next on my list for 2016.
What books are you already reading, or looking forward to reading this year?