I’ve been really enjoying getting back into my reading this year. Last year I read some great stuff but going back into my Goodreads profile I realised that I actually didn’t end up reading much and I barely covered any of my ‘want to read’ list.
Now that I have a little bit more time I plan to change that. I’ve set myself a goal – 52 books in 52 weeks.
I told my husband “I’d like to read 100 books this year.” He gently reminded me that I would have to read a book every 3 1/2 days…a bit unrealistic!
A book a week. With a little bit of catching up because I didn’t read anything in January. I’m keeping a strict record and also a running list of books I’d like to read. Now that I don’t have access to a local library I’m watching the Amazon kindle specials and trying books I’ve already got on my kindle app but haven’t read yet.
Here are my finished reads for 2016 so far–
1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Reason for reading – Guangzhou International Women’s Club (GWIC) book club book. Unexpectedly wonderful, I’ll be interested to read more from this author.
2. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. Reason for reading – recommended on the What Should I Read Next podcast and have read lots of media regarding the revelation that Robert Galbraith is a pen name for JK Rowling. Great whodunit (and chosen for my Sew Delicious Book Club) and I certainly plan to read the next two in the series.
3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Reason for reading – highly recommended by my friend Melissa. Loved it – beautiful tear jerker. Warning – you will possibly ugly cry – loud sobs and snot. DO NOT read the last part of the book in public. Make sure you read it before the movie comes out. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
4. Courting Cate by Leslie Gould. Reason for reading – an Amazon freebie I downloaded ages ago for my Nan’s ipad, thought I’d give it a try. Was definitely not my usual…I realised in the first few pages that I was reading an Amish romance. WHAAAAT? The storyline was pretty average but I really enjoyed reading about the Amish people and getting a glimpse into their world, it’s one I know very little about. (And hey, it was a freebie.)
5. Tiny Beautiful Things – Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. Reason for reading – recommended by What Should I Read Next podcast and I really enjoyed her memoir Wild. This book is a compilation of the anonymous Dear Sugar columns from The Rumpus which had a huge cult following. Dear Sugar was later revealed to be Cheryl Strayed. I loved this book – so much great advice and so many interesting topics, particularly hard and heartbreaking ones.
So I’ve read 5 books so far and we are currently up to week 9 of 2016 so I must make up some ground! I need a few more books like Me Before You – I burned through that in 24 hours. A real page turner.
Do you have any suggestions? What books have you been so glued to you stay up until 4am reading?
I’ll keep you posted on my progress!