In 2018, my friend Claire challenged me to read 100 books in a year. In general, I’m not really big on reading challenges. I don’t want to get so focused on hitting goals that I’m not enjoying my books anymore. But 100 books was exactly the right challenge for me. I could still read whatever I wanted, and that number was only a little higher than what I have read in previous years. If I eliminated just a couple of my bad habits, I had enough time to increase my reading time. (That said, if the goal were much higher, it would be totally unattainable, and I wouldn’t bother. Reading is my favorite thing ever, but I do have other hobbies.)
I had a great reading year, because I won’t finish a book I don’t like. There is just no time, my friends. I have no problem setting a book aside if it’s boring. In fact, I think I set more books aside this year than I ever have in the past.
In addition to the 100 books in 2018 goal, I had three more specific goals: I haven’t read a Jane Austen in a few years, I wanted to re-read Howard’s End (my all time favorite book; it’s been a couple of years since I read it) and I wanted to read the entire Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. I didn’t do ANY of those things! That just means I will add them to my goals for 2019.
Otherwise, I had my usual 50/50 fiction and nonfiction. I don’t do that on purpose, but I do tend to alternate between them throughout the year. In the fiction, I stuck to most of my favorite genres: literary fiction, historical, romance, YA. I did branch out this year into the Cormoran Strike thrillers, and I’m SO glad I did. They are much darker than I’m used to (the second one, especially, is very gruesome) but gaaaaah they are so good.
Can’t wait to hear what you think, and what suggestions you have for me to read next!
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