I am at 99 books for the year.
Yes that is one book (actually less then 30 minutes) away from reaching my goal of 100 books for the year. It is not even August yet.
This has taught me one very valuable lesson for next year.
I want to read everything and I want to have read it all yesterday. Yet looking back I see so many books that really were not worth the time I put into reading them. I feel horrible saying it, but it is true.
There are so many wonderful books to read that I do not have to try to rush through all the junk to get to the gems. My goal for the rest of the year is to reach out for the books worth reading.
It is ironic that I am saying this on the verge of the N.E.W.T.s Reading Challenge. I have 15 books planned to read in the month of August. Looking at all of them I can tell you that there may be a few adjustments. I plan to allow myself to start "DNF," or not finishing, books that are not grabbing me.
I started this adjustment with Girl Fights Back. The writing had promise, but when the plot became ridiculous I just could not finish. I then finished Peak (I still need to write a review) that is a life changing book on the psychology of expertise. I highly recommend this book! I finished out the week finishing up a book for work called Degrees That Matter a book about measuring learning in higher education.
I have been really bad and planning out my books a month at a time. I decided that I would do something different and just let you know the next five books that I was planning on reading. These are books that I already have ready to read. I like knowing which book I plan on moving to next.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
I have wanted to read this book for a while. I have it from the library and want to finish it before it is due back. Hopefully I will get to it before the nine days are up.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
This is another library book that is due next week. I may be pushing my luck to get this book on my TBR list since it is also due back in ten days. Both Wonder and Turtle All the Way Down are Kindle books, so again I am not actually sure I will be able to finish before it is due back.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I heard about this series on the BookTube channel Readbyzoe. I decided to give the series a try. This is also a library book, but it is an audio book and not due for two weeks. I only have 30 minutes left on my current book. I have no doubt I will have this one finished before it is due back.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This is another audiobook. I read a lot by audio book now. It is easy to throw in earphones while I am working out on lunch. Also, my youngest daughter has started listening when I am driving. Sometimes I am actually able to listen while I am working on less intellectually stimulating parts of my job. This book was recommended by a co-worker. I have since heard it mentioned a few times. I am interesting in seeing my opinion on it.
Foundation and the Empire by Issac Asimov
I wanted to add at least one of my paper TBR books to my list. The second book in the Foundation book was the winner. It has also been on my TBR list the longest - so it is fair. I am actually excited to read it. I do not know why it has taken me so long to get it started.
In a way I am surprised by my list. I have been trying to read the completed works of authors, and most of these authors are new to me, or I have not really reviewed recently. I think as I work on catching up on my blogs a lot more of my books in the future will be repeat authors so I can build more author pages. Although, the N.E.W.T. Challenge will take precedence next.
Have you ready any of these books? What are your thoughts?
Here is a secret. I never read one book at a time. That probably is not all that much of a secret, but I know it is a reading style that not everyone agrees with. However, it works for me.
What I read varies. Sometimes I will be reading a non fiction book and a fiction book. Sometimes I will be reading from one of my lists while reading a book not on my lists. It really varies based on my mood. I mean reading is about fun an enjoyment. It is about distressing and discovering other worlds. If reading becomes stressful then it is time to take a step back. . . but I suppose that is another post.
Currently I am tending to read books based upon their format. I have an audiobook, a paper book, and a kindle book all in the works right now. When I finish one I tend to start another one of the same format and keep going with the other books I have.
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