I was inspired by Nick Hornby’s Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books, a collection of personal essays in which he chronicles his reading selections and purchases for the month and draws parallels between the types of books he reads to the events in his real life.
Many other bloggers like to wrap-up their month with small summaries or ratings of the books they finished for the month, but often there’s more to it. What draws us to to the books we’re reading at that particular moment? Because everyone else is reading it? You picked up the book on your shelf with the most sparkles? It was the only one that fit in your bag? A requirement for a challenge you’re trying to complete? Or maybe you needed to form connections with the characters or plot and you figured this was it. Maybe you were having a particularly rough week and picked up a comfort book like you would dig into a bowl of ice cream.
My wrap-ups focus more on the “why” I’m choosing the books I am. I’d like to end up with a brick-esque collection of journal entries that span over an entire decade (my mid-twenties to mid-thirties; how terrifying!) in which my entire reading history is chronicled by important events in my life.
Here are links to my previous wrap-ups: