In January I quietly set a goal and didn't announce it here because I didn't know if I'd stick with it or if any of you would care. So far I think I'm doing okay. But I still don't know if you care.
I want to read 60 books this year.
I thought that seemed reasonable but, you see, math isn't my strong suit and I didn't realize that there are 52 weeks in a year which means I have to read more than a book a week. So there's that.
But I'm loving it! I love having a goal and being intentional about making time to read.
And oh my word I have such a long and growing list of books I want to read, books downloaded, and a stack of borrowed books on my shelf. PLUS "Go Set a Watchmen" by THE Harper Lee is arriving on my doorstep on it's release day. And that will take priority.
My pace slowed down a bit when I stopped nursing, because I wasn't getting those little pockets of time to sit and read, but I was totally okay with giving that up ;). My friend, Carrie, reads about 60 books a year, and she told me she just has to make sure it's a priority. Since she is even busier than I am with three kiddos, I figured I could do it too!
I have also always been a person who didn't like reading more than one book at a time. In the last couple of years that has changed though. I still don't like to read more than one book in a particular genre at a time, but am typically reading 2-3 books, and then bore down on one until it is finished. I've enjoyed the variety. Brent's grandma reads different books in different rooms of her house, and I think I'm slowly getting to that point!
So that's my goal. Here is the list of books I've completed so far. The last couple of weeks have slowed me down, but I'm still fairly "on pace."
A Painted House/ Grisham
The Opposite of Loneliness/ Keegan
Scary Close/ Miller
Bringing Up Girls/ Dobson
The Mockingbird Next Door/ Mills
Ford County Stories/ Grisham
The Winter of Our Discontent/ Steinbeck
Let's Pretend This Never Happened/ Lawson
Nourished/ Johnson & Randolph
Alice in Wonderland/ Carroll
Women are Scary/ Dale
The Worst Hard Time/ Egan
You & Me Forever/ Chan
Murphy Must Have Been a Mother/ Bloomingdale
Next in Line:
Orphan Train/ Kline
Travels With Charley/ Steinbeck
Yes Please/ Poehler
I've only put one book down so far [The Orchid Thief], but I may pick it up again at some point. I just have too many great ones to read that I don't want to waist time on one I'm not enjoying. I've really enjoyed these so far, and if you're a "book person" and want to know my thoughts on any of them, just email me! My favorites on this list so far have been: Seabiscuit [her writing is just perfect], You & Me Forever [one of THE best books I've read on marriage], A Painted House, and my love for Harper Lee made me enjoy The Mockingbird Next Door. I also really liked getting back into some short story reading with Ford County Stories and The Opposite of Loneliness. The Worst Hard time took me awhile because it is very "heady", but incredible. Also, Unoffendable is great and I'll be writing a separate review for that soon. The Winter of Our Discontent was also excellent and so very unlike Steinbeck in a lot of ways but the characterization and plot development were true to nature. Landline was different and clever, and Bringing Up Girls and AHA both made me think a lot and were helpful. Let's Pretend This Never Happened had me laughing out loud, but is also a bit crass/lots of language so not for everyone.
Okay. I kind of told you about most of them. Whoops.
There ya go. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go read a bit. ;)
And as always, PLEASE tell me of any of your MUST READS!! I would love to add them to my list.
Also, I had a dream last night that I was being mentored by Annie Dillard and Anne Lamott. ?!?!? It. Was. Awesome. Unfortunately I woke up.
Also, here are my top five picks for books currently: Click HERE