5 Reading Lists to Consider

If you’re a reader, there’s a good chance you might have a backburner booklist of things that you’ve been meaning to get to, or that friends have recommended, etc.  If you like to read across genres it might be helpful to have a buffet of reading snacks at your beck and call for when you’re feeling just that kind of book.  

These are my recommendations.  What kind of reading lists do you keep for yourself?


1. Fiction

  • Whatever floats your boat here, genre wise, but make it something thought provoking.  Fiction literature is like a painting you get to take apart and reassemble for days at a time.  Save your beach reads for category 4 or 5.
  • Thoughtful international fiction is the driving engine behind Backpacker Booklist so… not to be biased but put this one at the top of your list!  


2. Educate Yourself/Self-Improvement

  • Self-help, guide books, for-dummies, topical non-fiction… whatever.  Learn stuff! Become a better person! Internal growth!
  • I would also put memoirs/biographies here because generally speaking, if you’re interesting enough to warrant a book about your life, you might have something to teach me.


3. Your Favorite People’s Favorite Books

  • It’s always beautiful to have a conversation about books with people you love.  You’ll understand them better as a human being. You might come across something special that you wouldn’t have picked out for yourself.  
  • I have absolutely nothing in common with my step-mother in general (we get along, don’t worry), but one thing I’ll never forget is how surprising and cool I thought it was that we both loved the same book – The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.  For totally different reasons, but it’s something we can now share.
  • On a practical note it makes it easier to find gifts for people when you know what kinds of books they like.  Who knew?


4. Indulge List

  • It’s your secret stash of whatever – Twilight? 50 Shades of Gray? V.C. Andrews?  Who cares. This is the list of stuff you want to read and don’t have to tell anyone about.  
  • For me, I like a good mystery/thriller on this one. Occasional romance or YA book. This is where I file away my Noirs, Dan Browns and Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich.  I just LOVE her sassy grandma and trash boyfriends.


5. Happiness/Getaway/Escape Route

  • Books that truly take you away from your life to somewhere a bit brighter.  A pick-me-up. Something to get you back into reading after a hiatus. These are easy or comforting books.  (Hint: these may be your favorite books from adolescence). The ones you can read over and over again.
  • For me, It’s Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency, my fantasy reads, like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or other sci-fi and high fantasy books.