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.
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:
- The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson
- Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
- Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It
- The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
- Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Little Girls by Ronald Malfi
- The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher
- Fated by Benedict Jacka
- Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
- The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling
- 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?