What I’m Reading

I was sitting in bed earlier, trying to decide which book to read next – I have a rather large stack waiting for my attention, and several series to continue still – and it made me think of how few people I know irl who regularly read.

In this instance I’m talking books – print or digital – that aren’t required for work or school, and not audio. Audio books are great, and there are some great resources for people who are into that, but I don’t know anyone who listens to them without doing something else and missing chunks of story for the task. Not to judge, because I am a terrible listener when it comes to audio books. I always miss things, and I’ll zone out into my own world… the recorded stories, no matter how good, just don’t grab me the same way that text does. Though I wish they did, they just aren’t for me.

I love books, but it’s easy to fall out of the habit of reading these days. Which seems true all the more the older I get. So this year I signed myself up for the 2016 Reading Challenge on Goodreads. Thinking it’d be a good way to get myself back into the habit, and actively thinking of reading as a regular part of my day again.

I chose what I thought, at the time, would be an optimistic but arbitrary total of 27 books over the year. And even with all the time I’ve skipped over or just neglected to start a new book, I’m still up to 15 finished books of 27. Which I realized, does not count any of the comic books I’ve read this year. (I love trade paperbacks & collections.) If I’d have kept track of those from the start, I’d definitely have exceeded my goal already.

But I thought it might be fun to start keeping tabs on the blog, sharing what I’m reading and what I love about them.

Cities I've Never Lived In by Sara Majka

I just started this beautiful book, Cities I’ve Never Lived In by Sara Majka. Which is one I found through the Blood Milk Book Club. I’ve read some amazing books via their recommendations in the past – I’m not sure where they update the book club thing these days, but this one I found from their Instagram, which is well worth a follow.

I’m only a short ways in, but her words are beautiful and I can’t wait to fall into them further.

I’ll try to post again once I’ve finished, maybe do a little review? I don’t really know how to do a book review, but I’m sure I can figure it out.

And because I love swapping book recommendations… Here’s what I’ve read so far this year:

  1. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson
  2. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
  3. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
  4. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
  5. Fingersmith  by Sarah Waters
  6. Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It
  7. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  8. Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
  9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  10. Little Girls by Ronald Malfi
  11. The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher
  12. Fated by Benedict Jacka
  13. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
  14. The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling
  15. A Meeting at Corvallis by S.M. Stirling

A couple of these were repeats for me, and several came from the Evil Book Club of Evil, but none of them were a disappointment. And several have been added to my short list of favorite reads.

So… What are you reading?


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