I Love Reading: I am Asking for a Little Help Choosing a Book to Try

I have been an avid reader most of my life. Growing up I counted down to the next time we could order from Scholastic, borrowed and traded books with my friends, borrowed from the library regularly, read all the books on the classroom shelves, and if I ran out of material I would read cereal boxes, newspapers, or my parents' magazines.
  1. For the past few years I have been slowly losing my intellectual abilities. My ability to focus is weaker each year, my memory (specifically recent or short-term) is fading, and I get lost and confused at times.
  2. I read a full book once about a year ago but I had to reread or check back frequently to be able to finish it. So I read magazine, newspaper, and online articles instead because I could manage those.
  3. Now I am letting my subscriptions to magazines lapse and I am reading People and Reader's Digest, 2 magazines I would have goofed on just a year ago. I am sincerely embarrassed about once feeling that way.
  4. So many people I love and admire on Li.st have lists about books. I decided to try again and selected a YA book. I read Eleanor and Park, finished it in a few days, and enjoyed it.
  5. Can those of you who are knowledgeable about reading skills recommend a few books for me to try?
    To provide a little info about my reading tastes, these are examples of books I have read and loved in the past: Snow Falling on Cedars, The Poisonwood Bible, Unbroken, Sycamore Row, The Book Thief, The Goldfinch, The Century Trilogy, Hunger Games Trilogy, Still Alice, Cutting for Stone, Lost Daughters of China, Lesson Before Dying, Michener books, Ludlow books, and books about Lewis and Clark. They seem representative.
  6. So I guess I like both fiction and nonfiction, action, historical fiction and nonfiction, romantic, and lots of other stuff. But now I can't get through books with a lot of details, characters, places, etc because I get lost and not to long.
  7. I sincerely appreciate any suggestions!
  8. These aren't young adult books exactly, but they are definitely easy reads and funny. They are mysteries but the crazy characters are really the main draw of the books and if you like them, there are about 20 of them. They're lighthearted and fun.
    You might also consider listening to them on audiobook. My @OverDrive library app has tons of audiobooks to borrow for free and might be enjoyable if you're having a hard time concentrating. 💞
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  9. My favorite YA series forever is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Not too many characters and really not very many places. It's a slow-burn character-driven series and absolutely lovely.
    Suggested by   @brightlyanna
  10. Some of my YA faves include Nina LaCour (Everything Leads to You), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss), Benjamin Alire Saenz (Aristotle and Dante Discover he Secrets of the Universe), and- of course- Sarah Dessen (That Summer, Someone Like You and Keeping the Moon are especially quick reads). Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl is also quite good.
    As for the non-fiction/memoir variety, I really love(d) Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist, and Nora Ephron's essay collection I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. 💛
    Suggested by   @kaydbug89
  11. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
    This is a bit more children's chapter book than YA, but don't let mislead you—it's my mom's favorite book & a favorite of mine too. I reread it every year, and every year it is somehow even better than I remember. It's a quick read but such an enjoyable work of historical fiction that, if you've perhaps read it when you were growing up, is worth a revisit.
    Suggested by   @americson
  12. Perhaps a graphic novel will fill the gap? They're generally fairly short and aren't too wordy...
    Suggested by   @andersun
  13. Another option is medium.com.
    There is so much to choose from, written in long- and short-form—and you know the length of the piece before you start. Poetry, fiction, science, opinion, politics, food, nature; you name it, someone has written about it.
    Suggested by   @Dashelamet
  14. The Serpent King
    Just finished it and it is sooo good
    Suggested by   @karlalucia
  15. Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
    A series of short stories set over 200 years and following the inhabitants of Blackbird House. It's sweet and imaginative, and just over 200 pages. 💕
    Suggested by   @nantea
  16. The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J Church, and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.
    I don't know you that well but something makes me think you'll enjoy these? They're kind of historical fiction, both about intelligent women who are leaders in their fields.
    Suggested by   @barefootmeds
  17. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    Not YA but an easy read. It lives in the same place in my brain as Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and Eleanor and Park.
    Suggested by   @shash
  18. The Alchemist
    It was a very fast read for me and focuses primarily on one character. Though, now that I think about it, Siddhartha was also short and I liked it more.
    Suggested by   @rachhello
  19. Outlander and The 13th Tale are my faves:)
    Suggested by   @ashleyanwiler
  20. The Art of Racing in the Rain
    I am assuredly not one to read dog books, but this one was sweet and light.
    Suggested by   @cordeliane