I love books. Rockford Public Library is high on my list of my favorite places. I was delighted to discover I can order a book online and just pop in to pick it up when it was ready. And, when I pop in to pick it up, I have to see what’s on the New Releases shelves.

We probably won’t be able to go to the library for a while. But the good news is that RPL has a digital collection of books, and all you need is the internet and a library card. (You can find a lot more than books there, too!)

Some of my favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., John Steinbeck, Erik Larson, Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury and George Saunders. Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 and Steinbeck’s East of Eden are particular favorites.

I do have a personal rule that if I’m not enjoying a book by the second or third chapter, it goes back on the shelf or I skim a couple pages of each chapter to see if it’s worth starting over. There is too much else to read and too little time. Some books that others have said are wonderful, I just don’t get. And I’m sure it works the other way, too.

Right now, I’m reading Invisible Women – Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Criado Perez (recommended by a friend). It explores the gender bias in all aspects of life that are designed by men for men. There are some interesting data here, though a little heavy for the current mood. I confess I’m doing a bit of skimming with the thought of getting on to lighter fare.

What books are you reading?  What are some of your favorites? Let’s share them with each other.